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Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: robbobnbill on May 20, 2008, 22:56
Recycled Washing machine Drum + 3 bolts + 6 nuts = Fire Pit

Forget your fancy chimneas from B&Q, i got an old washing machine drum from a washing machine repair shop, found a few old bolts to raise it of the ground, i now have a firepit to use in my yard and on my plot for the cost of a pint.

roll on long summer nights and camp-fire songs   :D



(http://www.thefightsite.co.uk/images/DSC00162.JPG)
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Jeanieblue on May 21, 2008, 20:56
I am SO impressed!  Come Christmas, you'll be able to sing 'While Shepherds Wash Their Socks by Night' .....    :lol:  :lol:  :lol:
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: robbobnbill on May 21, 2008, 21:18
I Like your Style Jeanie  :lol:  :lol:
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: peggyprice on May 22, 2008, 08:05
Next year you'll see these in the show gardens at Chelsea ... :lol:
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: jennyb on May 22, 2008, 08:32
ooo i like it.......might keep my eye out on freecycle for a drum!
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: robbobnbill on May 22, 2008, 12:41
I asked our local washing machine repair man for mine, he was more than happy to get rid of scrap ones  :D
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Porffor on June 02, 2008, 00:00
What a great idea!! I love the idea of a fire pit.. but only when my girls are in bed... no burning fingers.
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: robbobnbill on June 02, 2008, 00:21
here it is in action

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Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: stamford on July 04, 2008, 15:15
I'm soo impressed  :D  Nice one, just looking through yell.com as we speak
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Foxy on July 14, 2008, 09:46
thats a brilliant idea! looking for a fire pit -and my dad has an ancient washing machine in his shed -jobs a good un! :lol:
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Boxfanman on July 14, 2008, 21:54
That's the work of genius. Stainless steel too, last forever...
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Post by: annie b on July 14, 2008, 22:09
Impressed by your ingenuity! Can't see all of the photo though....just looks like someone's face is on fire!
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: annie b on July 15, 2008, 09:11
Now I can see it in all it's glory....looks good.
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Larkshall on August 05, 2008, 18:28
Very Good, that's re-cycling for you.
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Post by: missfruitcake on August 05, 2008, 18:40
ive just emptied my garden shed to take it to the allotment, i had an old washing machine in there!!!


Brilliant idea!!!
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: FCG on August 05, 2008, 19:15
Is it aluminium? You might want to be careful if it gets too hot it may melt if it is thin!

However it looks like a very nifty firepit!
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Elcie on August 05, 2008, 19:15
Excellent idea, well done.  I am trying to make use of 2 threads in Frugal Living - making the firepit by trying to get a cheap washing machine via localbargainfinder!

Have emailed a seller whose machine is currently 99p (no bids, 1 day left) to ask if they would let me take just the drum if I am the winner of the auction.

Will see what happens!
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Knight Family on October 31, 2008, 23:44
we got one from next door and it works a treat, have my dad doing one for his garden soon.....
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Faz on November 01, 2008, 09:28
brilliant! now I just need to pop on freecycle and get an old clunker of a washing machine!
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: robbobnbill on November 01, 2008, 19:02
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Is it aluminium? You might want to be careful if it gets too hot it may melt if it is thin!


Its steel FCG and has taken many a long hot fire shame the summer was so wet but roll on cold wintery evenings  :D  :D  :D
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Faz on November 12, 2008, 19:52
well i have just dismantled someone's old washer that I got through freecycle - bit of a pain in the butt though I got there in the end! Had to do it in the street as my drive is too steep to get the washer up there on my own, so now just have the drum and plastic casing in the back garden and will remove them tomorrow or on the weekend.

Looking forwards to being able to have a fire - think I'll christen it on the weekend  :)
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Knight Family on November 12, 2008, 22:38
Well mine is still going well!
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: purron on November 13, 2008, 09:14
Not sure if I'm lucky or unlucky as my washing machine has packed in.

So I'm off to John Lewis' tonight and at the weekend I'm dismantelling the old washer for the drum.
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Faz on November 15, 2008, 17:49
Firepit now christened - works a treat! Thanks for the tip :)
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: robbobnbill on November 15, 2008, 18:28
post some pics  :D
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: purron on November 15, 2008, 19:00
Just tried dismantlelling my washer in the dark, what a nightmare.
Should it be straight forward?
Title: Free/Cheap Firepit
Post by: Faz on November 15, 2008, 22:05
this is how i did mine. I didn't realise there were so many bits to a washing machine before I did it!

Remove top and bottom so you've got better access. Cut all the pipes and wires that go to the outer drum and motor. Remove soap drawer for better access.

Remove the springs that mount the drum to the chassis (I cut out the plastic with a hacksaw where it fastened on to the drum).

Remove the whole drum/outer drum assembly from the body of the washer.

Undo the bolts (or screws) holding the two halves of the outer drum together.

Either try to remove the bearing from the outer drum to free the inner drum (if you can figure out how - I couldnt!) or use a hammer and chisel to remove the plastic around the bearing.

Plonk on some bricks and have a nice fire :)

Or it might be easier to get one from your local washing machine shop, but maybe not as much fun :)