Homemade Incinerator

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An incinerator for your home, also known as a burn barrel, can be used to burn things such as paper, plastic, grass, brush or even animal carcases. Commercial incinerators can be expensive; building your own may save a few dollars.


Check with the local government on any rules or regulations with regard to burn barrels on your property. Always place the incinerator downwind from other homes. It should be installed on a stable surface, such as a concrete slab, and sheltered in some way to protect it from the elements. Install your incinerator away from buildings and shrubs to prevent fire damage.


A metal drum serves as the base to your homemade burn barrel. Make sure the interior of the barrel is clean before use. A 55-gallon drum is typically used and can be obtained from local businesses or a scrapyard. You will also need metal mesh, metal pipe, hinges and tools capable of puncturing and cutting the metal.


First cut three holes, each three square inches, equally spaced around the bottom portion of the barrel. Cover these holes with wire mesh. These holes keep your incinerator functioning by allowing air to circulate through the barrel. Cut an opening near the top of the barrel. This hole will provide an opening for you to feed the incinerator. Here you can install the hinges if you wish to create a door. Cut a hole at the top of the barrel and attach the pipe. This lets smoke escape from your burner.


Only burn materials in your incinerator that are not toxic to the atmosphere. Toxic materials should be disposed of elsewhere, as appropriate. Reduce waste by reducing, reusing and recycling. Accumulate natural products by building a compost pile somewhere around your home.

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