Propane Fire Pit

I made a propane fire pit and can't get the flame to go high. I was wondering if it makes a difference on the distance that I have the propane tank from the fire pit? and do I have to use an air mixture?

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how do i build the best fire for my fire pit naturally?

I want to build a fire for my fire pit with all natural materials,no gas or lighter fluid. I have alot of wood and i want to fill my pit up

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How would I go about making a fire pit table like the one's sold at lowes?

I am looking at making one of the fire pit type tables sold at lowe's and other stores. Have access to cheap steel and cheap aircraft grade aluminum up to .375 in thickness.

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What's the best way to make an outdoor fire pit that will actually be used for jobs other than flipping burgers?

I am looking to do the work myself and was wondering if anyone had any recycleable "shortcuts" (one website I visited suggested using the tub of an old washing machine or dryer and then cementing rocks around it.) Good idea, but are there others out there? Any suggestions for a grate to go over the top? It doesn't have to look like it belongs in an issue of House Beautiful, I need it to be functional and sturdy. If it looks great, then that's a bonus. I have plenty of natural rocks available, so I would not be purchasing bricks or anything of that nature (at least for the outside.) Thank you!

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Want to drop a store bought firepit into the ground by my built in pool? Answered

I have a store bought firepit, but would like to drop in the ground by my pool. i have pavers around the pool. pls advise of an instructable that may help me

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Make a portable fire pit

This portable fire pit tutorial over on Design*Sponge is sweet. Great photos, clear instructions, and a lovely item as a result. If you want a nice bit of flame to keep you company, check it out. How to Make a Personal Fire Pit For Cheap! via design*sponge

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Peach-Pit Flooring - Go Green while staying healthy!

Ever wonder what happens to those peach pits you throw out? No, I bet you don't, so here is an interesting new design utilizing the pits from peaches to create some neat flooring.http://www.luxist.com/2008/03/22/eco-friendly-flooring-made-of-peach-pits/Think "eco-friendly home design" and a lot of different options come to mind, but I'm willing to bet fruit pits as flooring isn't one of them.Alla le Roux feels differently however, and after being inspired by personal experience has started a business ( Stone Fruit Floors ) that designs and sells handmade flooring created out of peach pits. The pits are sanded down (to get rid of sharp edges and make them more comfortable to walk on) and set into the floor by hand along with glue, sand, and a resin mixture. The end result looks like a strange mix between hardwood, tile, and linoleum.Interesting... I'm not really sure what else to say about this!Check out the whole process here.Here is another gallery of the floorsSomeone has got to learn how to make these...will it be you? We can do it! Plus, you get the benefits of eating peaches!

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How to properly sharpen a stick??

For use in pungee pit, booby traps ETC.

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I have a mix pit

I have a mix pit and she is more than 12 years old the only thing she has rumatoradies arthritis and she can't hardly walk because of her condition I give her vets medication but any other suggestion

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how do I make a foam pit? Answered

Help ... I want to make a foam pit but i dont know how big or how high ... or where to find the foam thanks!!!!!

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Ice Alaska: Ice

Ice for the competition is collected form gravel pits around Fairbanks. In the summer gravel is mined from old river channels. The resulting ponds contain little organic material. Additionally during nine month winter, temperatures range from +40 to -60F (+5 to -50C). These factors combine to create exceptionally thick clear ice. The following are pictures of an iced over gravel pit.

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what are the pros and cons of pit bulls?

I love pit bulls but we have cats. i know that a lot of the bad things people say about pit bulls are false and i have a large backyard and perfect for a dog. but i would like 2 know all i can about pits bulls.

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Semi-permanent Shell for Fire Pit to Make an Oven

I'm looking for a semi-permanent solution to making a fire pit into a wood fire oven. The shell could be something modified from an existing item or something from scratch. I'm thinking a dome shape similar to a brick wood fire pizza oven would be best, however I would want to be able to remove it so the bottom portion is functional as a fire pit and could also be used as an open pit/grill. It would probably be more on than off, so semi-permanent is okay. The pit itself would only be about 2 1/2 to 3 feet in diameter, so nothing too big. As far as functions, I would have a grill at the top of the fire pit (maybe height adjustable within the fire pit, but that's getting kinda fancy). Then in "oven mode," I would have the grill in and put a ceramic pizza stone on top of it for baking then the cover on top. And perhaps even without the stone as a smoker/meat slow cooker. Ideally the cover would be well insulated to keep the heat in and well distributed. It would also have a cutout or door for putting in bread or pizza (rather than a cover that lifts off losing a lot of heat in the process). I'm not sure what materials would be good, but it should probably weigh no more than 75-80 lbs. (light enough for one strong person or two middling strength people to lift). Maybe an inner dome of some metal with a layer of some kind of flame resistant insulation and then another outer dome of more metal? It would also have to be weather resistant for cold winters. Some assembly might also be good as the individual parts would be lighter, so long as being in pieces doesn't compromise the overall effectiveness of the "oven". I've tried searching for a few things, but nothing has really popped up that fit this description. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!!

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Hey guys, thinking of turning a room in to a ball pit, I've seen prices for various balls, any cheap alternatives?

Yes this is inspired by a combination of three things, that infamous XKCD comic strip, THE LIST and a few conversations with friends.  It's the cloakroom of my house, which is small but not too small for say six people and a few thousand balls...  Important points, using the online calculator it would take around 800-900 balls at a diameter of 3.155 inches.  The floor area is about 50 sq. feet and I'm attempting to get the height at around two and half feet deep.  So suggestions, obviously if this insane project comes together on a budget of zero there will be a full instructable involved, which would make for awesome photos, think victorian features and stain glass backdrop to a ball pit...

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Fire pit to pizza oven conversion

When i bought my house there was an old brick fire pit in the back yard.  it is about 3 foot square and 2.5 feet tall with a brick column like chimney up the back, that  is also 2.5 feet tall.  I already have a nice bbq and am wondering it it would be possible or worth it to build the fire pit up into a pizza oven?  I have never laid brick before and the brick oven project i found when searching the site did not look to be made of brick.

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Ideas for a washing machine tub

I have salvaged the tube from a washing machine. I would like to use the tub as a fire pit or rocket stove. Any suggestions would be great! Thanks!

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Got An Anvil, W00T!... Now What

I was given a 2ft hunk of I beam for my bday (yesterday). Now what? I've got loads rebar, a nice steel bar pinched from a printer, this slab of steel 6inX1.5inX1/4in, and a big charcoal bbq pit. Any ideas for projects or on firing up the pit to get it hot enough? And how much fuel? Thanks!

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Protecting wood from heat from fire ? Answered

Hi all, I have been thinking of trying to set a small fire pit into a patio table. Its a fairly solid low "coffee table" type outdoor table so is capable of holding the weight, but im not sure if I can just cast a fire cement bowl to hold the wood/charcoal and set it into the table or would it eventually catch fire through heat transfer. Thanks in advance for any replies. 

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I have a plasma cutter and an 80 gallon tank to make a fire pit. I need help on the design Thanks,Steve

I've googled fire pit and seen some really fantastic designs from John T Unger. I'd love to have something anywhere near as cool as some of his stuff... I have a plasma cutter and a mig welder, however this is my first project with the plasma cutter... so I don't want to try to get too fancy and blow it. The tank is large enough that cut in half I have 2 chances to make something nice. I've googled pumpkin stencils, buddha stencils, flames and flame stencils and dragon stencils. I like arabic art and design along with the list above. Please help with ideas. Thank you!!! Steve

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What's the best way to make a fire pit spark screen? I'm looking for a simple and (hopefully) inexpensive way to do it.

I'm thinking of making a fire pit in the back yard.  My lot is small and the neighbors are pretty close, so I am concerned about sparks.  I would like to make a simple spark screen.  The first question I have is, what type of screen will work for this?  My best guess is that if I get the wrong material it will burn through, or rust through, quickly.  This doesn't have to last a long time, if I can get one season out of it that would be fine, two would be great. After the choice of material, my next question would be how to construct it.  This would have to be pretty simple, I don't have any way to fabricate metal rings or something similar.  So I'm thinking of just bending it somehow and securing with wire or nuts, bolts & washers.  I read a simple way to do it on another site.  It was basically to form a circle with the screen, create some corners to make it into a polygon.  Then cut partway down at the vertices and fold the 'tabs' created to form the top.  Sounds pretty simple to me, but if someone has a better idea I would love to hear it. What other considerations am I missing?  I have read some suggestions about using heat resistant paint.  And it will need some sort of loops/handles so I can pick it up or place it on the pit (using a long stick or something similar).  Am I missing anything significant? Thanks, Jon

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striped hood,roof,trunk,should I mix mineral spirit to primer?

Had to strip paint because of very bad pit makes on the hood,roof,trunk

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What kind of food, decorations and activites should I have at my end of the year party? Answered

There will be 20 or more people, we have a fire pit and a pretty big backyard with a lot of room. Things I have thought of doing include: Watching a movie Making s'mores in the fire pit Burning old school assignments Volleyball net and stuff outside Music and dancing Playing video games (like wii stuff and guitar hero) I also thought it would be fun to decorate the backyard with lights and give everyone glowsticks?

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"Sunken living room" (joists?)

I am wanting to build a "sunken living room/conversation pit" in my (newly made to be) open floor plan living room, dining room, kitchen. From what I have read. These concepts are primarily built in with new construction or in houses with crawl spaces. I, have a full basement. As for the loss of head space in basement. That is fine. I plan on using that area (walled in) as a seasonal storage cloest. (Holiday decor, seasonal clothing) Just curious as to what would be needed other than a support frame for current and unaltered joists and the new "sunken joists"

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Reduce Electricity Cost?

Does the electricity meter count power used if I only used the live wire and channeled it to an independent earth pit? In other words, I do not complete the cycle with the grid? Power comes in through the live, through meter then to earth?

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Does anyone else have trouble printing out Instructable pdfs?

I have just signed up to Instructables.  I have downloaded a PDF and can see it on my screen but when I try to print it, the printer status is érror'.  My computer says my printer is working fine.  Its also blocked up my printer, this document has got in the queue and I can't get it out!I have a hp with Windows 7.  Looking forward to being able to print out the fire pit instructions if anyone can help me.

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Make a collage of Oak Island suitable to hang as a decoration on a wall ?

3D Island Picture Box, Diorama, Wall art, Curse of Oak Island Theme, Framed by Ocean, Money Pit depicted.. Hoping someone in crafts knows a good instructable on creating such an wall depiction as a gift 2 months hence... The Money Pit was discovered by two boys from Canada a long time ago on Oak Island  and now is a treasure hunt reality show.. In fact there are tour groups visiting this now well known island... It is my desire to make a 3D version of this island and embed a replicate of one of the micro treasures found over the years.

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I have a rusted outdoor firepit grill. Are there any rust removal products that are flame resistant?

We use it to cook hotdogs, smores and such. I am just worried that something may catch fire while using it later. Most products that I have been reading about say not to spray anywhere near the inside. My pit is a bowl type with about a six inch lip on top. The whole bowl and top are rusted and I paid a lot of money for it and would rather not have to buy a new one if I can restore this one. Any ideas?

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What size Mig welder would i need to buy to weld 5 mm sheeting & fill pitting in hull of boat ? [mild steel] Answered

I will be preping the hull with wire brush & Needle descaler , cut and grind V for patches.

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Does anyone have some awesomely creative ideas for an upcoming art show that I have been asked to be a part of?

It is called Dispelling the Myth - Art for Deviant Breeds. I am asked to focus on Pit Bull related art. Thanks for your help in any way.?

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My Xbox hard drive died! I need help digging me out of this pit! Answered

I have the eeprom, I have copies of the E and C drives, I just need help starting over!  Please, if this doesn't get fixed my brother is going to hate me for ruining our xbox!  (Original xbox)

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How can I keep the female dog pee spots next to my patio from turning to mud this spring? Add lye, lime or baking soda?

My female dog pees in several spots just off the patio,and the grass has died. Now it is turning to mud since she runs thru those spots with her large paws. In the wet spring this will turn into a mud pit on the way in and out. Is there any thing I can add to her pee spots to make it fertile for the grass instead of a killer? Must be high urea content in the pee. Will pouring some lime or baking soda help? She is a 50 pound pit who loves to run in grass or mud. This must be a common problem. I seem to be constantly blocking off & reseeding sections.

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how thick will a 1/2 inch wide rebar become if flatened to 2/16 inch thick?

I was planing on making a sword, considering I allready have a fire pit, charcoals, and a rebar. I need to know this because I am choosing to make a buster sword style guard, feel free to post any tips on making swords or other weapons ( especially bladed ones)

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How Much Does a Lister D weigh? Answered

We found A Lister D in an old barn and the owner said we could have it. I don't Know any details about it because its rusted and pitted and the pictures don't anything useful because its directly underneath a hay lift. We need a rough guess of the weight because its going to be lifted between 2 people into a small car

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Would a reversed tuyere system work? Answered

I was just lying in bed thinking of ways to update my forge and boom it hit me.Instead of having an airblast directed upwards with an ash pit at the bottom of the blast upwards,would it not make more sense to have the blower aiming down at the ground so that ash is sucked out of the forge. The vaccum created in turn would move air from above the forge into it and throwing ashes out the bottom.Would this not work?

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type of cement for building concrete benches?

I recently bought a bench mold so I could build a cement garden bench   The mold has some delicate designs in it.   I tried using quikrite 5000 and other cements with basic aggregates already premixed, but it did not come out crisp. The designs were pitted by aggregates I think.   I am wondering if a simple Portland cement with only sand would work? I also incorporate rebar as well?

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3D Dinosaur Cake, Solar USB Charger, Office Beach Prank

3D Dinosaur Cake Solar USB Charger Office Beach Prank Pan for Gold 5-Minute Ice Cream Stolen Passport Guide 8-Bit Sculptures Sand Fire Pit Flexible Fabric Circuit Stylish Lamps Remove a Cork with String Tasty Sandwiches Starfield Ceiling Digital Picture Frames Easy Copy Stand

Topic by randofo 


Need advice on material for an indoor firepit?

I'm looking at building an indoor firepit that uses ethanol fuel. I have it all planned out and everything but need advice on material. It will basically be a hollow sphere that is open along the front and sides and will have the ethanol fuel can placed into the bottom. This will all be supported by wooden legs. I'm thinking of using a clay straw and sand mixture (COB) because it's very strong and fireproof  but I'm not sure if it's the best option. Does anyone have any ideas?

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What is the easiest way to make a cob house? Answered

I am trying to make a cob house. I've got clay, sand, hay, straw, and some concrete. i need to know how to make a foundation and drainage system. I have about a 3 and a half month window to complete this house. I want it to me circular and about 14 feet across. More of a cottage than a house but, still big enough for two small cots, a table, and possibly a dresser and a fire pit.

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What could be wrong with my gas oven? Stove top is working but nothing from the oven. No smell of gas from the oven.

Hi there....as previously mentioned in another question I bought a money pit house and it seems one appliance after another is crapping out. I have a gas stove/oven and it worked fine until the other day. I went to use the oven and it is not heating up. I don't even smell the gas when I turn the dial on the oven. The range/burners are working just fine. The pilot light is electric. Any advice would be grately appreciated!

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is there a way to kill oleanders? salt, fire, acid ... none have worked ?

I need to kill an oleander planted by the homeowners before us. It's going to break our fence so I can't pull the root ball out, which also doesn't work since microscopic rhizomes continue to grow. I've dug a pit around it, burned it, drilled holes in it and soaked it with salt water, even drizzled pool acid and this thing os growing beautifully.  anyone? Should I consider small scale nukes? I think it would just be a gilligans island oleander if I did that.  pb

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What kind of leather projects are you interested in seeing Instructables for?

I am new to this site, but I have been working with leather for a little while and I have over 200 projects done. I have also done work with metal fabrication (custom BBQ pits), foam sculpting, engraving, sand blasting, stained glass, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I am by no means an expert, but I am better at some things than I am at others. Is there anything in particular you would like to see instructions for or do you just want me to shoot from the hip?

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Aging/antiquing black metal

This is kind of an odd one. I'm using a firearm for a movie firing blanks. Currently, it looks like this. http://www.valorcorp.com/images/products/1012048A.jpg I'd like it to look like this, mainly so that the camera can pick it up better, as a solid black finish won't register as well, and all the tiny inperfections will make it look more interesting. http://www.gunblast.com/images/SHOT2009/Day2/DSC05076.JPG It's the exact same gun, but some come "reliced" and others don't. I got a good deal on one that wasn't. I don't want to mess it up too bad, no big pitting or scratch spots, just rough the finish up a bit. Any ideas?

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What can I make to have my 60 lbs dog Betty ride on the back of my Honda Goldwing SE 1500?

Hi, I have a 1994 Honda Goldwing SE 1500 motorcycle and I want to take my dog Betty who is a mix of Boxer and Pit Bull on rides with me on the back of the motorcycle.  I want to have her save and comfortable for a long trip. Any Ideas on something I can make " Here is what the bike looks like. I need to fit her in the rear seat or make some kind of an insert. Thank you

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What could this horrible chemical smell coming from the laundry room? Could it be plumbing?

I just bought this money pit of a house....I had this horrible smell coming from the laundry room. I bought new appliances and as soon as they removed the old ones the smell was gone. The new ones are hooked up and the smell seems to have returned. It's not as strong as it was before, but it's back none the less. I was hoping that the smell went with the washer but sadly it has not...I am wondering if it could be something in the drain? If it were the pipes wouldn't the entire house smell each time I used the water??

Question by sherie   |  last reply


Kids' Play "thing" out of 5 1/2 ft Cardboard Tubes

Hey guys, I am in a creative slump with some great supplies and no ideas. My wife runs a fabric coop and as a result we have a bunch of large cardboard tubes, roughly 8in in diameter, about 5 1/2 ft long. We also have a very energetic 15month old who climbs and plays with everything. I'm trying to think of something I can build him out of these rather than let them go to waste. I thought maybe a little log cabin,but it seems a bit too much. A Ball pit sounds good but it might be too hard edged. Any ideas? 

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Cast Iron or stainless? Answered

Next weekend, I'll be going on a campout with my boy scout troop. (Nothing new to me). As every year, we will be having a mock  "Iron Chef" competition. A charcoal pit will be provided for the cooking, as will some cast iron dutch-ovens. I would like to bring my own fry pan however. I am debating whether to bring a stainless or cast iron. I have both, and am fairly well able to cook with both. (besides my horrible cooking skills.) However, I'd like to see some suggestions, and here some viewpoints on the matter. I am not certain if we will be allowed the use of our propane stoves or not.

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Yellow Fever

I'm peturbed, even that more at the quick flagging response, yet no help to my situation, regardless I'll ignore that. My mirage panel amp uses IRF640 mosfet transistors, and I did something to it in the process of trying to take an amperage reading with my multimeter between the two energized heatsinks (theres two mosfets for a mono output), after the big FLASH BANG, I pulled it apart after ripping the cord out of the wall. The only damage I can find is a small black pit that the spark made in the metal heatsink (actually it was pretty deep for a spark pit). I've checked the mosfet transistors, included cleaning the MASSIVE amount of ceramic thermal paste they smeared on there with some rubbing alch to get a nice clean surface on the heat sink and transistor. By the way, would arctic silver be a good substitute for the crap paste they put on there? They're designed to make contact with the heatsink anyways so I don't see why silver thermal paste would hurt it. But besides all that, I can't find any brown spots on the PCB or any bulging capacitors (there's only two main power caps), did I perhaps just flip some kind of internal circuit breaker built into the circuit as a whole, not just as a single device I can see? I'm wondering if I should just chuck it instead of putting it back together and plugging it back in to be greeted with another spark, although it didn't smoke or anything while it was plugged in after the spark, but I got a quiet humming sound on the sub and the music stopped coming through. Again, maybe I blew some kind of breaker? Oh and I know it's my fault guys, so don't be rubbing that in my face, I come here only for help and not to be a nuisance.

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11-Year-Old Boy Bites Pitbull to Ward off Attack!

I'm sorry. I just had to.I saw this article and immediately thought, "This would be perfect for the "Offbeat" section back at the I'bles forums:Offbeat - Man Bites DogSee?SAO PAULO, Brazil - An 11-year old boy is in Brazil's media spotlight after sinking his teeth into the neck of a dog that attacked him. Local newspapers reported on Thursday that Gabriel Almeida was playing in his uncle's backyard in the city of Belo Horizonte when a pit bull named Tita lunged at him and bit him in the left arm.Almeida grabbed the dog by the neck and bit back — biting so hard that he lost a canine tooth.Wow.Full article here via MSNBC

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Grill forge

I have read most of the homemade forge instructables posted here, but I don't think any of them would work for me, because in my fascist city, you are not allowed to burn ANYTHING except for cooking purposes (technically even fire pits are illegal). My idea was to get a cheap grill lid that I can put on my charcoal grill. I would then cut holes in it for air flow (a hairdryer, of course) and an opening. Would this be an effective forge? I need it for detempering, annealing and tempering blades. Also, what fuel would you recommend using (as in, a certain kind of charcoal/wood)? I am making throwing knives and I have every other thing I need. I'll probably make a slideshow when I'm done, as making knives is a pretty well 'ibled subject.

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