2021 - Volume #45, Issue #3, Page #38[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Fire Pit Made From Tractor Wheel Rim
The 28-in. dia. rim, which came off a Deere 4230, is set into a circle of concrete pavers.
“I came up with the idea because we’re converting a pair of old grain bins into a bed and breakfast, and we wanted something rustic for our future customers that reflects our farming background,” says Bostick. “The fire pit rests on an octagon-shaped concrete patio between both bins.
“The burner is covered with lava rock so flames come up through it that resemble a natural wood-burning fire,” says Bostick. “I mounted a 3-in. long key valve on one side of the fire pit, which is used to turn the burner on or off. I use a barbque lighter to light it.”
He sandblasted the rim and painted it “high temperature” black so the paint wouldn’t peel from the heat. He made a circular plate out of 11-ga. steel that rests about 6 in. below the top of the rim. The fire ring is placed on top of that. He used 1/2-in. dia. stainless steel pipe to make the fire ring and drilled small holes in it spaced 4 in. apart, then set the ring on the plate with the holes facing up. A burner port on the ring is attached to the ball valve on a commercial gas burner that’s located under the plate.
Copper tubing attached to the ball valve on the burner runs underground to a propane bottle located a few feet away.
The last step was to build a concrete paver enclosure around the wheel rim. Bostick cut a pair of 4-in. dia. holes through the pavers and wheel rim on opposite sides of the fire pit, to provide cross ventilation needed for the fire to burn properly.
“I like how it turned out,” says Bostick. “The only components I bought were the steel plate, gas ball valve, a propane air mixer, copper tubing, and regulator. The pavers were left over from my wife’s previous flowerbed.
“I keep the propane tank inside a metal firebox so that it’s out of the weather. It’s important to always be careful when working with propane,” he notes.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Danny Bostick, 1702 Lindsey Lane, Waco, Texas 76708 (ph 254 744-6852; Bsfarmranch@yahoo.com).
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