Firepit season doesn’t always have to be in the Fall - what about that chilly/warm weather you get from the transition of Winter to Spring? Fire pits are a great addition to your backyard and such a great place to enjoy the outdoors. There’s nothing better than hanging out with friends, roasting marshmallows and having a drink in your backyard. Fire pits can become extremely costly but with these DIY tips you can get around the financial aspect of buying a retail firepit.
This DIY ‘Washing Machine Drum Firepit’ is a easy creative way to build your own firepit. Have you ever heard of a washing machine drum? Probably not. That’s ok you can get one online or at a used appliance store for cheap. It works really well because it has small holes around the drum so it allows oxygen to flow to the fire and gives off a nice light tone. Depending on your preference and creativity/crafting level, you can paint or add a design to the drum. In three easy steps you can create your own unique fire pit.
You will need one Recycled Washing Machine Drum, safety glasses, your desired color of high-heat paint (optional), a cut-off wheel, a cup wire brush and a flaw-wheel sanding disc (optional, if you want to use an angle grinder).
Step one: Strip the washing machine drum by removing all plastic bits including the plastic base and rim. Clean off any excess material, dirt and filth. Step two: Remove the center spindle and cut off the metal lip in the drum. A good tip for this removal process would be to grind the metal lip down as best as you can. Try to smooth out the any jagged edges or metal spurs. By using the wire brush you can make this process less painful and remove years of soapy bacteria on the drum. Once done with that process you can add metal or steel legs, which you can buy at hardware store, to the bottom of the drum so it will stand up (optional). Step three: Paint your firepit with your desired high-heat paint color (It is very important to make sure it is high-heat paint). That’s it! Now you can enjoy with your family and friends!
A brick firepit is another great idea for an easy DIY firepit project. You will need 48 10.25” X 7” tumbled stone wall blocks, 48 3.5” X 7” mini tumbled stone wall blocks, 6 bags of river rock, 1 rake, 1 hoe and 1 shovel (2-3 ft level).
Step one: Create your first tier of brick by forming a circle, alternating the mini and large bricks to create a cohesive design. Make sure your bricks are moderately even all around the circle. (If bricks are uneven a good tip is to remove the higher bricks and dig out underneath them until leveled. This is extremely important to protect and assure that your fire pit is leveled before building the next tiers.)
Step two: Start the next layer on top of the first tier. Again, alternate the mini and large bricks to make that unified pattern by placing the mini bricks on top and in the middle of a large brick. (Try to step back every so often to make sure the bricks are aligned, symmetrical and adjusted evenly.) Step three: Clear out a two-three-inch area, with your hoe and shovel, around the perimeter of your fire pit. Add the river rock evenly around the perimeter of the fire pit – this will give the pit a nice modern finished look and help with the shifting of the bottom-based bricks. Step four: Lastly, finish up your project by spreading some of the river rock in the bottom of the pit which will help reduce weeds and help with drainage and ground damage.
So get started with these two great DIY fire pit ideas and become one step closer to your social night out – outdoors that is!