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Picture of DIY Steel Fire Basket

Here’s how I made this modern-style fire basket. Be sure to check out the video to see more of the process!

This whole project uses about 80 feet of 3/8” steel rod, which is usually less than a dollar a foot, making this a very affordable project.

If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me a message on here or on Instagram.

Step 1: Cutting the pieces for the frame

Picture of Cutting the pieces for the frame

I cut 12 total pieces of 3/8 steel rod to lengths of 20 inches. I then welded them into two 20” x 20” squares. I set the remaining 4 pieces aside to be used later for the sides of the cube.

ptrobrn12 days ago
A great fire depends on 2 things. Airflow (this has that in excess) and 2 heat from coals... this is where this thing is lacking. Most of the heat you are going to get off a fire is the infrared radiant heat produced by the coals. This heat cooks the wood above it producing more charcoal which sustains the fire and allows it to grow. the foot print at the bottom isn't going to hold much in the way of a coal bed and the fire is always going to be small. Which in this case is going to be a good thing.

Most urban and suburban areas require a few check items for fire pits.
1) fire pits to be enclosed space to prevent the spread of the fire. burning wood is going to be falling out of this thing all the time... sure you have a rock base under it but I think you are going to find a lot of dead grass as stuff falls out.
2) Spark Arrestor - non existent in this burn basket.
What’s the angle of the bands and how high up are they?
imaswather15 days ago
Very nice build. What brand/model is your ring roller? That is just what I am looking for.
Thanks. I will check that out.
What type of welding unit did you use? Brand? Model?
robertjkeller (author)  charlessenf-gm15 days ago
I use a Lincoln Electric 140 MIG machine, however most of this project was done running flux-core through the machine because I didn't have any shielding gas.
This one: 140 Amp Weld Pak 140 HD MIG Wire Feed Welder with Magnum 100L Gun, Sample spools of MIG Wire and Flux Wire, 115V
?? They also have a 'Pro' version. Been thinking about a MIG or TIG to replace my Old Lincoln Stick Welder

This would be great for use while camping.
maxman15 days ago
I saw something like this in the original Godzilla movie and have wanted one ever since. Thanks for the design. I wondered if the one in the movie had some kind of floor plate, like yours does. It's too hard to tell from the scene in the movie.
seamster16 days ago
Unique design, I like it!