Thursday, 3 July 2014

Upcycled Washing Machine Drum - Fire Pit Project

We've wanted a fire pit since last summer but all the ones we loved were £100 plus. Once we buy a house in a few years we envisage a built in BBQ and fire pit made from brick and reclaimed wood. So even though this is our eventual plan and dream  we will more than likely be renting for a good few years more so wanted something cheap and effective. A washing machine drum is perfect as a fire pit - it's already the correct material and built on a base that would rotate it in the machine. The only thing we had to do was remove all the plastic inside it and it was good to go. We searched for local sellers on freeads and picked this up for just £12. It's by no means a great piece of design for your garden but it is so effective and is the kind of thing you won't need to lug on when you move as it is so cheap.

To use we filled the bottom with a little sand and then just topped up with left over hot charcoals from the BBQ and large pieces of wood to keep it burning all night long. If you're looking for a fire pit but don't want to spend that kind of money then this is the perfect alternative.

If anyone has created any other garden BBQ/ Chimena/ Firepit upcycling idea's please share it's one of my most searched for topics!


  1. I'm totally loving this idea.I have found myself obsessed with upcycling lately, I'm currently trying to (unsuccessfully) turn a old vintage fire extinguisher into a lamp... :D

    1. Same it's so addictive! Wow that sounds like such a project - good luck! :)