Who doesn’t love barbeques? Barbeques are the younger and modern version of brunches. You can gather with your family and friends to share great food, drinks, and memories. However, most barbeques turn out a bit boring because of the use of the same old grill. This summer, you can make things get a little more interesting with a steel fire pit. If you don’t like the steel fire pits you see online, this article has some steps to make your fire pit. The design is straightforward and shouldn’t be too challenging for anyone with basic welding and cutting skills.
- Buying The Steel
For this project, you will need a steel sheet of the dimensions 1200mm x 1200mm. If you live in Texas, an excellent place for buying high-quality steel would be Steel Houston or Texas Iron and Metal. You can find them with a quick Google Search.
- Cutting The Sheet For The Bowl
Get out your tape measure and mark the steel plate. With a cutting disc cut out the corner pieces. Lightly mark the fold lines on the central square. This will help you bend the plate neatly.
- Shaping The Bowl
Bend along the edges of the center square until the corners meet. It’s quite a tricky process single-handedly. Carefully weld the corners to hold the shape. You may need hammer it at this point to get the edges to fit. Weld the sides with each other. You can tidy it up with a grinder. You now have the bowl part of your fire pit completed.
- Building The Stand
The purpose of the stand is to raise the bowl above ground level safely. It is made up of two squares: one is 700mm x 700mm to hold the bowl part, and the second is 900mm x 900mm. Between these squares is a very simple lattice to give it rigidity.
- First cut the bar into two squares: 4 x 900mm and 4 x 700mm.
- Cut the squares out while taking care to make sure they are perfectly square and then weld the corners. Mark the diagonals of the squares before welding to be sure they are square. They should be equal.
- Check that the structure looks even and square. If it seems wonky, don’t be afraid to get the hammer onto it.
- Now measure and cut the bar to go from the centers of each edge of the larger square to the top corners. Check for wonkiness and if it’s all good, weld all the joints correctly.