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FCG

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« Reply #15 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!

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« Reply #16 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!

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« Reply #17 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.....
Graham = 2x Border collie Dogs, 2x Cats, 1x Wife, 2x Kids, 2x Hamsters and now 10x chickens.

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« Reply #18 on: November 01, 2008, 09:28 »
brilliant! now I just need to pop on freecycle and get an old clunker of a washing machine!

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« Reply #19 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
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« Reply #20 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  :)

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« Reply #21 on: November 12, 2008, 22:38 »
Well mine is still going well!

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« Reply #22 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.

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« Reply #23 on: November 15, 2008, 17:49 »
Firepit now christened - works a treat! Thanks for the tip :)

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« Reply #24 on: November 15, 2008, 18:28 »
post some pics  :D

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« Reply #25 on: November 15, 2008, 19:00 »
Just tried dismantlelling my washer in the dark, what a nightmare.
Should it be straight forward?

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« Reply #26 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 :)



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