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Some metal work for a change #1: Portable fire pit from 44Gallon Oil drum

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Blog entry by anthm27 posted 05-23-2019 01:29 AM 1756 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I,ve never posted this because it wasn’t a wood project.

I built this about a year ago on my farm in Australia.
Essentially a portable open fire pit to warm the riff raff friends when they pitch up for the weekend with their tents.

Built from a 44 gallon drum (44 imperial gallons or 200 liters), along with 1×1 inch mild steel. Tools, angle grinder and a stick welder that happens to be an Inverter type welder as opposed to a transformer type welder. So much lighter and portable. (Awesome little welder it is, see pic)

1) I cut the drum down the center with an angle grinder, It was originally filled with motor oil and I wasn’t sure if the residual oil may burn with the sparks from the grinder.
I washed it out with water and detergent first before I cut it. (as you can see from the pic the gate from the horse paddock to the house paddock was left open for some reason and I was greeted by these two beautiful animals which stayed around with me for the afternoon. So great.) It cost me some big hoof holes in the lawn but definitely worth it.

2) Once the drum was cut I got about making a perimeter for the top out of 1×1 angled mild steel and welded that together.

3)worked out a leg height and angled the legs so it would be nice and sturdy, also I put a horizontal angle piece to support the base of the drum.

4)Took to it with some paint striper and sprayed it with black car muffler spray paint.

5) Nearly forgot about my favorite part the handles, built with 1/2 inch concrete rio bar and the angled steel, They don’t seem to heat up when the fires lite and make the whole thing portable.

Lovie Cheryl loves it for cooking and it keeps us warm for the winter outside happy hours.

Thanks for reading.



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#1 posted 05-23-2019 01:36 AM

A good ole Aussie BBQ mate, nice one.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#2 posted 05-23-2019 01:50 AM

Looks pretty nice, ...where did that fish come from?
Good job on the handles.
I have a few old beat up drums nobody seems to want so I could possibly do the same.

BTW what sort of welder is that?

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 05-23-2019 01:53 AM


Looks prety nice, ...where did that fish come from?

I have a few old beat up drums nobody seems to want so I could possibly do the same.


- robscastle

Maaattte , Um, if they are the heavy old steel drums, (and that looks like one) please dont toss them. They getting harder and harder to get.
I caught the fish at Lennox Head off the beach , surf to turf.
Regards
Anthony

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#4 posted 05-23-2019 05:26 AM

Oh thought it may have come from the dam!

I think the drums are late 60 mid 70s era.
I know they are heavy and smell really bad!

Welder info?

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 05-23-2019 05:53 AM


Welder info?

- robscastle

After a fair bit of research this is the one I bought here , Its an inverter welder as opposed to a transformer type. Lighter, way way lighter. From what I can see and research it does the same job. For farm use type of thing, fixing a steel fence, stock yards or making a fire pit, this welder is awesome.
AND , delivered Australia wide for around 160 dollars. Honestly, they are good. Oh by the way, do not buy the cheap welders from Repco.

Here is a chart showing Inverter verses Transformer type arc welders.

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#6 posted 05-23-2019 05:58 AM



A good ole Aussie BBQ mate, nice one.

- Grumpy

Oh, and By the way

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#7 posted 05-23-2019 02:49 PM

that drum made a nice fire pit,a lot of guys here turn those into bbq’s especially those old heavy duty ones.your farm is beautiful anthony,i think you should get rob and duck over and camp out,they can share a tent,and cook up a nice bbq.ya just gotta keep a handle on the duck if he gets goin with the vino though-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 05-23-2019 06:46 PM



Looks pretty nice, ...where did that fish come from?
Good job on the handles.
I have a few old beat up drums nobody seems to want so I could possibly do the same.

BTW what sort of welder is that?

- robscastle

Looks like a drum that Boba Fett would use to fuel his ship.

Anthony, I used to have a similar welder, was great for portability. I used it for making repairs to my travel trailer and was great for that purpose. But I bought a nice mig welder and my wife wanted me to sell one, so I had to get rid of the smaller one. But this mig probably weighs 3-4 times as much. Great looking firepit. I have been looking for a similar drum but for actually building a brake drum forge so I can do some blacksmithing. Great project!

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#9 posted 05-23-2019 09:23 PM


Looks like a drum that Boba Fett would use to fuel his ship.

Anthony, I used to have a similar welder, was great for portability. I used it for making repairs to my travel trailer and was great for that purpose. But I bought a nice mig welder and my wife wanted me to sell one, so I had to get rid of the smaller one. But this mig probably weighs 3-4 times as much. Great looking firepit. I have been looking for a similar drum but for actually building a brake drum forge so I can do some blacksmithing. Great project!

- SMP

I had to google Boba Fett, Interesting.

I did think about the Mig welder and probably yes I should have spent the money and bought the wire feed.
Thanks for the comments SMP and please send some pics of the Brake drum forge when its done.

Regards Anth

EDIT: By the way it was the Blacksmith Blog two down from me that motivated me to post this blog

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#10 posted 05-23-2019 09:41 PM


Looks like a drum that Boba Fett would use to fuel his ship.

Anthony, I used to have a similar welder, was great for portability. I used it for making repairs to my travel trailer and was great for that purpose. But I bought a nice mig welder and my wife wanted me to sell one, so I had to get rid of the smaller one. But this mig probably weighs 3-4 times as much. Great looking firepit. I have been looking for a similar drum but for actually building a brake drum forge so I can do some blacksmithing. Great project!

- SMP

I had to google Boba Fett, Interesting.

I did think about the Mig welder and probably yes I should have spent the money and bought the wire feed.
Thanks for the comments SMP and please send some pics of the Brake drum forge when its done.

Regards Anth

EDIT: By the way it was the Blacksmith Blog two down from me that motivated me to post this blog

- anthm27

If that welder works for you then that’s all that’s important. I need to also do some thin sheet metal so needed some control, where the gas comes in. But stick welding definitely has its place.

Blacksmith blog, Mafe, he is one of my favorite people to follow here. Like where he makes his own tools from wood and metal, that’s the goal for me in the next five years. My forge is going slow, mainly because I just bought an anvil and that took a chunk of money, but I do have some of the pipe I need, and then need time to go to junkyard to look for brake drum, just been busy.

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#11 posted 05-23-2019 09:52 PM


If that welder works for you then that s all that s important. I need to also do some thin sheet metal so needed some control, where the gas comes in. But stick welding definitely has its place.

Blacksmith blog, Mafe, he is one of my favorite people to follow here. Like where he makes his own tools from wood and metal, that s the goal for me in the next five years. My forge is going slow, mainly because I just bought an anvil and that took a chunk of money, but I do have some of the pipe I need, and then need time to go to junkyard to look for brake drum, just been busy.

- SMP

Yes Mafe seems to do some old school type work (Old School Scandinavian, I can almost smell the smoke from his tobacco pipe from here.)
How big is your anvil? How much does it weigh? They’re something I know little about.

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#12 posted 05-23-2019 11:02 PM


Yes Mafe seems to do some old school type work (Old School Scandinavian, I can almost smell the smoke from his tobacco pipe from here.)
How big is your anvil? How much does it weigh? They re something I know little about.

- anthm27

Its a cheap Harbor Freight 55 pound, to get me started.
https://www.harborfreight.com/55-lb-rugged-cast-iron-anvil-69161.html

The old used heavy ones are VERY expensive. Maybe if I get to the point where I can make really cool stuff, or retired, but no way my wife would let me spend this in a chunk of metal:

https://sandiego.craigslist.org/ssd/tls/d/yuma-antique-anvil-peter-wright-england/6889041806.html

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#13 posted 05-24-2019 04:30 AM


that drum made a nice fire pit,a lot of guys here turn those into bbq s especially those old heavy duty ones.your farm is beautiful anthony,i think you should get rob and duck over and camp out,they can share a tent,and cook up a nice bbq.ya just gotta keep a handle on the duck if he gets goin with the vino though-lol.

- pottz

Thanks Pottz for the compliment on the Farm, It would be hilarious if that pair turned up for the night, I,ll definitely be sure to keep them outside by the fire. Why dont you come along also?
Cheers

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#14 posted 05-24-2019 11:34 AM

Was just thinking, are you going to make a lid from the other half? Could do some great indirect cooking and smokimg that way as well! Just a thought

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#15 posted 05-24-2019 01:33 PM


that drum made a nice fire pit,a lot of guys here turn those into bbq s especially those old heavy duty ones.your farm is beautiful anthony,i think you should get rob and duck over and camp out,they can share a tent,and cook up a nice bbq.ya just gotta keep a handle on the duck if he gets goin with the vino though-lol.

- pottz

Thanks Pottz for the compliment on the Farm, It would be hilarious if that pair turned up for the night, I,ll definitely be sure to keep them outside by the fire. Why dont you come along also?
Cheers

- anthm27


hey if i was a half a world closer…...no we’d probably destroy your farm-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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