Introduction: DIY Steel Fire Basket

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Here’s how I made this modern-style fire basket. Be sure to check out the video to see more of the process!

This whole project uses about 80 feet of 3/8” steel rod, which is usually less than a dollar a foot, making this a very affordable project.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message on here or on Instagram.

Step 1: Cutting the Pieces for the Frame

I cut 12 total pieces of 3/8 steel rod to lengths of 20 inches. I then welded them into two 20” x 20” squares. I set the remaining 4 pieces aside to be used later for the sides of the cube.

Step 2: Making the Rings

I used a ring roller to make two concentric rings. The larger ring was about 18 inches in diameter and the smaller ring was about 12 inches in diameter. After they were the correct size, I welded them closed.

At this point I had two squares and two circles.

Step 3: Completing the Top and Bottom

I cut small pieces that were long enough to connect each corner of each square to the circles and welded them in place, ensuring that the circles were centered perfectly in the squares.

Step 4: Completing the Cube

I used some clamps and scrap wood to stand up the top and bottom pieces so that I could weld the sides of the cube in place with the remaining four 20” rods.

Step 5: Making the Basket

I used a piece of wood clamped to my workbench as a jig to bend all of the the basket pieces to the same angle. I also clapped down a file (seen on the right side of the first picture) to act as a sort of “stop block” to make sure that each piece was also being bent at the same exact point. I made 16 pieces total and welded them in place, connecting the smaller and larger circles to form a basket shape.

Step 6: Making the Ring for the Divider

I made another ring on the ring roller to fit inside the basket at the narrowest point. I used some clamps to hold it up and welded it in place.

Step 7: Making the Floor of the Divider

I cut a circle out of 16 gauge sheet metal that was the same size as the divider ring. I then used a belt sander to clean up the edges and smooth out the circle.

Step 8: Completing the Divider

Again, I used some clamps to hold the divider floor in place and welded it in.

Step 9: Fire Basket: Complete!

Obviously, this is not going to catch all of the ash from the fire, so you want to be sure to put it on something fire-safe. I just put mine on gravel.

Be sure to check out the video for more details of the process. Happy making!

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