Geometric Globe Firepit

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About: I am a metalworker with a background in Engineering striving to show the generations that follow me that trades jobs are not something to look down on. I try to do so by teaching and showing my progress as I...

I teamed up with a friend and fellow youtuber to build this Firepit shaped like the globe. Technically it is a Dodecahedron or 12 sided regular shape made of pentagons.

Fun fact: there are no regular, repeating shapes that form a solid like this with more than 5 sides, only 3 (pyramid), 4 (cube), and 5 (dodecahedron). "Dodeca" means 12

Step 1: CNC Plasma Cut Shapes

Many years ago I rescued a beat down CNC Plasma Table and rebuilt it, eventually even adding a water bed, which catches sparks and prevents heat from warming the metal. Plasma cutting is the process of removing metal with 5000+ degree plasma. Plasma is created by passing an electric arc through a compressed stream of air. Combining it all: CNC Plasma cutting is using a computer to direct the movements of a plasma torch on a table holding the material to cut - in this case 3/16" thick steel.

The entire pit BARELY fit in a 4'x8' sheet of steel.

Step 2: Tack Together the First Row

We first cleaned off any dross (leftover metal from cutting) with a wire cup on an angle grinder, then started assembling the bottom half of the globe. The bottom half is easier because Antarctica's panel has solid edges with all 5 pieces it abuts.

The assembly was MUCH easier with two experienced welders, one of us would hold the piece approximately where it needed to be while the other tack welded it into place. A tack weld is a small bead or dot of weld metal that secures pieces together but is small enough to be manipulated.

After each piece was tacked in place, we bent them up to the exact correct angle and added another tack near the equator of the globe.

Step 3: Northern Hemisphere

We continued on to the top 6 panels, which are much more complex, as most of the Earth's land mass is north of the equator.

There are also 4 pieces where a body of water wraps around the edge of a panel (Mediterranean Sea, Hudson Bay, and sections of the Arctic), These were scored on the CNC Plasma Table then cut with a grinder ALMOST all the way through and bent to the correct angle with a wrench. We later welded that cut section solid so it wouldn't move.

Step 4: Weld EVERYTHING

After tacking the entire globe into place, were were ready to start welding.

The heat from welding can distort a joint, which is why the tacks are so important, they resist that distortion and keep a solid structure like this in place.

We chose to weld about 2.5" from each joint to allow some firelight to poke through between the panels.

I am lucky enough to work with HTP and REALLY enjoyed using their Pro Pulse 200 Welder here.

Step 5: Hand Torch Work

My collaborator Allen is a master with an Oxygen/Acetylene torch, which cuts steel like a plasma torch but with burning acetylene providing the heat instead of an electric arc.

Allen cut out 5 trapezoids with semicircles omitted to create legs that matched the look of the globe.

The "sunglasses" he is wearing are shade 5 glasses, which are about 10 times darker than normal sunglasses and protect the user's eyes.

Step 6: Finishing Touches

We welded the legs to the bottom of the globe, following the same tack-then-weld procedure from before, then added a piece of expanded steel (mesh) to cover Antarctica so logs would be contained in the firepit.

Allen also ground the legs flush to make up for any small errors in cutting

Step 7: FIRE

With rain threatening we built a fire to test out the globe firepit. As we built it out of 3/16" steel, it could handle ANY kind of heat from a wood fire. I sell these firepits as a kit you can weld together yourself at https://www.42fab.com/weld-it-yourself/dodecahedro... and decided to make a 10ga steel kit available too. 10ga is just a bit thicker than 1/8" and will also stand up to and wood fire's heat.

Step 8: Kits

After looking over the design of the pit, I figured out that I can ship a 23" version to anyone in the US for a flat rate, so I designed a smaller kit if you want a more affordable option with FREE Shipping

https://www.42fab.com/weld-it-yourself/dodecahedro...

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    stevemoseley

    29 minutes ago

    Excellent fire pit. Love this kind of stuff.

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    Lorddrake

    Question 1 day ago

    how difficult is it to clean out the firepit between burns compared to a standard firebowl setup?

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    deluges

    7 days ago

    That is a nice critique of global warming!

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    lukesjette

    8 days ago

    New theory, the world is a angular geometric shape. Not flat nor a globe, a mix.

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    Brian M V

    9 days ago

    Awesome! and soo big! :D

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    seamster

    9 days ago

    Nicely done guys, I love it! :)