Garden Bonfire Reusing a Washing Machine's Drum




Introduction: Garden Bonfire Reusing a Washing Machine's Drum

About: I want to believe, nah ... I want to know! :-)))

In this instructable I am reusing an used drum from a washing machine to build a cheap but safe garden bonfire pit, that also emits some really ambient light.

What you need:

1 salvaged, nice drum (or tub) from a washing machine
1 bucket working as a stand
3 screws with bolts to fasten tub and bucket together
some average tools
and some imagination

I have also used 3 tent pegs to stabilize the bonfire pit.

Step 1: Fasten the Stand

Fasten the tub and the bucket (designed as stand) together.

I have used my well-known tools and screws, that were handy and not used for other projects, but you may use any style of fastening that works.

Safety first: while working/drilling steel and such alike it is important to wear always protection (goggles, gloves, etc.). Be careful not to hurt you while drilling, sometimes you may experience some "slippery" while drilling: your drill could glitch on the metal surface. Sometimes a stripe of masking tape can help here: attach the tape over your hole target to keep your drill fixed in the designated area.

I have drilled 3 holes in the bucket and the tub. Then I have screwed this two together using some unassigned screws and bolts I had around.

Step 2: The Final Improvement

For a final improvement and to avoid an accidential tilting of the bonfire pit I have drilled holes in the rim of the bucket/stand.

These holes can be used to insert some tent pegs to provide more safety. Again: wear your protection equipment while drilling holes.

Step 3: Happy Bonfire

That's it: our garden bonfire pit is ready. Of course should you consider safety measurements before lighting a bonfire - safety, safety, safety.

And check safety and bonfire regulations with your town and keep a reasonable bucket filled with water in reach at any time.

Happy bonfire!

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    5 Discussions


    8 years ago on Introduction

    perhaps it'd be more stable if the holes around the edge had legs put in.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    We call these Redneck Fire Pits. But we use a Tire Rim for the base. :)


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Hm, reminds of West Coast Customs Silver Spinner 20 Inch Fire Pits ... ;-)

    But seriously: I like the idea of using tire rims.


    9 years ago on Introduction

    For added safety and stability....
    go for a bag of quickcrete.

    Nothing says stability like 50lbs of synthetic rock in your base.

    Now, who can i convince to throw away their old washer into the back of my car...


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Haven't even considered quickcrete - yes, brilliant.

    Good luck with convincing someone. I have been lucky and got mine from a colleague.