How to make a washing machine tub fire pit

Updated February 21, 2017

Fire pits are becoming quite commonplace in garden designs. Families enjoy making a fire in their back garden fire pit and relaxing at the end of a long day. Once considered a luxury, fire pits are more affordable and have come down in price considerably over the past few years. Some homeowners prefer a do-it-yourself approach and like to make their own fire pits. This one is made using the metal tub from a washing machine.

Remove the drum from the washing machine. Start by removing the fabric softener dispenser, which typically lifts up quite simply. Lift or unscrew the cap that is underneath the fabric softener dispenser. Most agitators are secured with a bolt. Use a socket wrench with the proper extension to remove this bolt.

Measure the circumference of the washing machine drum. Visit garden centres or DIY superstores in search of a cast iron plant pot holder that meets the measurement of the drum's circumference.

Cut the legs of the plant stand to achieve the desired height of the fire pit. Use a band saw or hacksaw to cut the metal or cast iron. Sand the edges of the legs after cutting, as they will have been left with very sharp or ragged ends.

Dig a hole 30 cm (1 foot) wider than the circumference of the washing machine drum, in the desired location in the garden. Firmly set the plant stand into the centre of the hole. Spread crushed stone to cover the entire area that has been dug up, and to cover the base of the legs of the plant pot holder.

Set the washing machine drum into the plant holder. Fill with charcoal or wood and start your fire. Gather the deckchairs around and sit back to enjoy a cosy evening by the fire.


Always keep a garden hose or filled bucket of water handy when lighting and maintaining any kind of fire in your yard.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal washing machine tub
  • Crushed stone
  • Shovel
  • Cast iron or metal plant pot holder
  • Hacksaw or band saw
  • Heavy gauge sandpaper or power sander
  • Charcoal or wood for fire
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