Weekend DIY Project: How To Make A Fire Pit from A Washing Machine Tub

Call me crazy, but I’ll bet MacGuyver and Martha, who must have teamed up as a superhero DIY-duo, dreamed up today’s do-it-yourself project: a wash tub fire pit. Come on, the imagination to use an old a washing machine wash tub insert as a make-shift chiminea, could only come from the genius minds of these two! All kidding aside, I loved this project from the get-go. The simplicity and recycling of an ordinary household item into a functional fiery “conversation piece”, is just fun.  Here’s how to make MacGyver and Martha proud:

What you’ll need:

  • Wash tub: this item may be a little hard to find if you don’t already have an old washer you’re about to replace. Check your local appliance repair stores, garage sales, curb-side “take-me’s”, or thrift stores. Here’s a quick “how-to” remove a wash tub from a machine from eHow.com.
  • Fire Bricks or Cinder Blocks: to place wash tub on top off to keep off patio surface.
  • Optional: fire-proof paint. If you want to be-dazzle your fire-pit, have fun and take an extra step with color.
  • Wood: to burn!

Check out this fantastic fire pit, its perfect size, heat conduction, and the pretty lights emitting from the built-in holes. It’s a good thing!

eHow.com offers some good warning points when using a wash tub fire pit:

  • Keep children supervised at all times around a any bonfire pit, especially this type because the metal tub gets really hot.
  • Use a dolly or cart when moving the washing machine tub while its still lit. Better yet wait until it gets cool.
  • Make sure you’re not to close to the house or any trees when finding a spot for your pit, because the flames could get big due to the wind, and can start a fire.
Note: All wash tub fire pit photos courtesy of Bridget Johnson, edit3.
Skaie Knox

Written by Skaie Knox

Decor nerd, design enthusiast and the Editor-in-Chief/Writer for HomeJelly and co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dwellingz, a real estate home story-telling website. Skaie is also a published singer/songwriter and kids book author, voted "Class Clown", and rescue dogs crusader. If you're in the market for a new home, or just want to learn the "inside scoop" on Los Angeles real estate, click onto her photo and read her home tours and stories at www.dwellingz.com.


  1. Grace on April 15, 2013 at 5:45 am

    THANK YOU!! I have this old dryer drum that’s been in the back yard for forever and this is EXACTLY what I was looking for!!

    • Skaie Knox on April 15, 2013 at 5:07 pm

      @Grace…you’re SO welcome!!! So glad you found this idea helpful…one of my best friends took this picture at her brother’s house. They had a total blast and the dryer drum fire pit was a hit! Please send me a photo of yours if you get the chance to: skaie@homejelly.com. Thanks for stopping by for a chat!

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