Show me your….. fire pits
Can’t remember who posted one the other day, but it got me thinking about incorporating one into my garden redesign.
So, show me yours – preferably something half decent in nice surroundings, not a cut down 40 gallon drum round the back of the garage.Posted 4 years agohoraMember
Tick. I’m remodelling this and could put one in here:Posted 4 years agowhereisthursoMember
Excellent topic post. Unfortunately I’ve nothing to add by way of photos but will also be looking for some inspiration for my own project. Just need my wife to understand that it’s a useful and attractive garden feature not a flaming pit of doom and destruction!Posted 4 years agoBlobOnAStickSubscriber
I’ve done the washing machine drum one. Really easy to do and looks OK IMHO.
I’ve used it twice and been disappointed to be honest: The fire is enclosed inside the drum, meaning that unless you have flames leaping through the hole, there’s very little heat radiated out. It was actually quite cold to sit around in comparison to a more open version. Of course, the advantage is that the ash is very contained and you don’t have a mess to clear up where logs have fallen out etc the following morning.Posted 4 years agoKunstlerMember
A couple of weeks back I watched the fireworks concert over Edinburgh Castle from a friends rooftop garden. There was a crowd of us and somebody had brought a portable fire pit and was burning what looked like bits of driftwood. If it hadn’t as windy as it was – dispersing the considerable amounts of smoke – half of the city’s fire department would have gate-crashed the party.Posted 4 years ago
Other than the panic it might have caused, this was a wonderful setting.BimblerMember
I’ve used it twice and been disappointed to be honest: The fire is enclosed inside the drum, meaning that unless you have flames leaping through the hole, there’s very little heat radiated out. It was actually quite cold to sit around in comparison to a more open version. Of course, the advantage is that the ash is very contained and you don’t have a mess to clear up where logs have fallen out etc the following morning
Agree with this, went to a campsite that had these and as you say very little heat combined with a voracious fuel appetite caused presumably by all the little ‘oles (it was windy mind)Posted 4 years agoSaccadesMember
Please forgive the garden mess, had just finished the main extension build and was just starting the tiling. Have a custom stand to look neater than a welded steel wheel and means I can drop new drums in at will.
Heat output is mainly through the top so not as warm as the more open ones, but as it’s normally only 4-5 drunken middle aged men talking bollocks that’s fine as we sit close cooking chorizo/kabanos on the top bit and drinking a bit.
It does mean that when you decide to pass out that you don’t have to worry about the fire in anyway – plus v easy to clean up in the morning.Posted 4 years agomatt_outandaboutSubscriber
Well, I use fire stuff weekly.Posted 4 years ago
Mainly kelly kettles, old roses tins and old car rims.
I also have a fire bucket BBQ that works well with added ventilation.
Abernethy Ardeonaig staff training by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
The old one, found on a Scottish hillside so recovered by landrover.
IMGP3016 by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
Lighting a kelly ketlle the proper way.
IMAG0363 by matt_outandabout, on Flickr
Brews up! by matt_outandabout, on FlickrgofasterstripesSubscriber
That looks excellent fun and tasty food, Matt. I am almost embarrassed that I posted the pic above. Almost 🙂
I was surprised no-one else had done similar, actually!
Slow SillyTrackWorld day I guess. Good Cookin’TrackWorld, though. I’ve just finished stuffing my face with my own go-to meal of Linda Mccartney standard veg sausages and piles of Olive-oil roast veg [new potatoes, carrots, pepper, red onion and a few early sprouts]. All served with salt, pepper and lemon juice. I often add a dash of lemon or lime to BBQ’d food.
Quick question : what are the things wrapped around the sticks over the bucket? Pastry?Posted 4 years agospooky_b329Member
I agree that the washing machine drum does’t kit out much sideways heat, you need it roaring (along with the satisfying cracks and bangs) to get a warming effect unless you are sitting nice and close.
However, it burns extremely hot within the drum and this meant even fairly fresh cut wood didn’t smoke and very little ash left, so if I do cave in (like I have a choice) and we end up with a Chimnea, I think the drum may stick around when as a garden incinerator, rather than those rubbish dustbins that just smoulder away smoking out all your neighbours, and leave 12 inches of ash in the bottom.Posted 4 years ago
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