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How To: Make a Last-Minute Outdoor Fireplace

One fun aspect to Winter house parties is adding an outdoor element to the festivities. For instance, at a party we threw last weekend, we realized that most of the guests would probably want to spend some time outside. Given that the temperatures were dipping into the high 30s, though, we knew they'd also want to have some source of heat. Lacking a chiminea and unwilling to purchase one without thoroughly researching it first, we decided to DIY a last-minute solution.

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We were able to purchase a steel wash tub for well under $40. With that and some kindling, we were able to keep our guests cozy and happy under a blanket of winter stars. A cheap, easy solution indeed!

Remember though, for safety's sake, to mount your tub on either concrete blocks or bricks and to keep it within a safe distance from any structure. This thing cranks the heat, so make sure tipsy guests don't get too close and burn themselves. Also, keep either a bag of sand or a generous supply of water on hand. Fires are festive, but don't let the festivity get out of control!

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