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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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saranightly saranightly 9 years
I was going to mention that in a lot of places, especailly suburbs and cities, open fires are illegal.
Catipa Catipa 9 years
Great idea.
emalove emalove 9 years
Oops, I meant they ARE illegal.
emalove emalove 9 years
Chimineas aren't illegal in the town that I live in...I'm pretty sure this would be too. But it's a neat idea!
joannakm joannakm 9 years
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 9 years
That's *very* creative and looks effective, too! Why spend at least $100 on anything else? I love it and might undertake it myself!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My 'rents have an swesome fire pit. I love it during the summer.
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