Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea

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Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« on: August 18, 2009, 21:50 »
Hi All,

Long time reader, first time poster ;)

I am quite proud of this one so I figured I would pass it on. Last summer I got one of them terracota chimneas from b&q and it fell apart after one season. So this year I decided to do something about it.

I built this:





It took 2 weeks but most of that as I was very cautious about cutting into the cylinder so when I got the valve off I filled it with washing up liquid and water and left it for 2 weeks. the main build took about 3 hours.

The main bottle, I found on the side of the road, the chimney was an old piece of metal pipe I found in a skip, the hinge for the door is an old gate hinge I salvaged when my neighbour got a new fence/gate put up and the bolts I had anyway.

It's been used almost every weekend this summer even in bad weather, I have gone through about 10 pallets in wood and some old trees which another neighbour had at the back of his yard.

But my welding is rubbish and the first chimney fell off after a few weeks out in the rain so I repaired it last month using an old fire extinguisher which I found on the side of the road (that was an odd one as I spotted it driving along with the wife and she thought I was going mad skidding to a stop and jumping out to grab a manky old can). It's perfect now and I don't need to use anything to make the chimney higher (I was using some spiral) as it's big enough now. Also I replaced the handle with a large bolt as it would glow red hot so was useless the bolt works perfect. I will get some more photos or MK2 tomorrow when the camera has charged up.

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2009, 22:02 »
That is excellent! I am planning on making a pizza oven at some point but quite like the idea of making one of those home made chimineas too, you could vary the size by using bigger gas cylinders.

Have you cut any air holes in it or does it just get the air in through the door?

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2009, 22:16 »
As I use it as a chimnea I just leave the door open for air but you could put few holes in the door or just below to get a draft.

There are loads on ebay these days and I was thinking of making some more as I found a couple more gas bottles but I can't be arsed.


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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009, 07:35 »
is that colour the metal once the paint has come off or is it black-leaded?

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009, 08:00 »
well done it looks just the job - I'm married to a coded welder so think I have just found another job for him, after the kitchen extension and a people greenhouse (conservatory to most people)  :lol:
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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2009, 08:31 »
well done, thats v. impressive! There are loads of plans on t'web too about making them into indoor stoves - yours is virtually one already. Congrats again. amc

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009, 09:06 »
That is brilliant, mate - I'd buy one!

Great job.

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2009, 09:07 »
well i never!!!
are you taking orders?????
its nice to be nice

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2009, 09:09 »
Sorry, absolutely no buying or selling is allowed on the forum.
Cheese makes everything better.

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #9 on: August 19, 2009, 09:34 »
what if we all made a HUGE donation to the site :) :) :)
youv'e got to agree its a great design.
perhaps we should have a for sale section??
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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #10 on: August 19, 2009, 09:41 »
Aunty deletes members for buying or selling on the forums, so be warned, she is really mean   :ohmy:

Great job by the way Stuie :D
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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #11 on: August 19, 2009, 09:50 »
How about swapsies?  ;)

I have l.ots of chutney!  :lol:

No, that really is fantastic and I'm ever so impressed.

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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #12 on: August 19, 2009, 10:09 »
is that colour the metal once the paint has come off or is it black-leaded?

No, the original paint burns off after the first burn (it stinks). It's been painted with some plasticote BBQ paint from wilkos. Cost about 4.

well done, thats v. impressive! There are loads of plans on t'web too about making them into indoor stoves - yours is virtually one already. Congrats again. amc

I was actually thinking of putting it in the house but I would be constantly worried about it, my welding is no great and the door doesn't fit quite right. It's perfect for the garden though.

Getting the valve off is going to be the hardest part but I borrowed a stillson from a mate which did the job. Also if anyone is thinking of making one a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade is all you need to cut it. It's pretty simple once you get going.


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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #13 on: August 19, 2009, 10:53 »
Stuie,

That's brilliant!  :)
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Re: Cheap (almost free) DIY Chimnea
« Reply #14 on: August 19, 2009, 12:17 »
Forgive me for repeating the obvious but if you try this don`t forget to make sure the cylinder is empty before you do anything and after taking the valve out with a wrench not a grinder or gas torch YOU MUST FILL THE CYLINDER WITH WATER TO PURGE THE GAS.
Until you have done this you are working with a bomb, one spark and there will be a big bang.



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