Make this DIY firepit from a few old bicycle wheels and mesh. This upcycling project is perfect to increase the amount of time you spend outdoors during chilly summer evenings and those cold winter months.
By Max McMurdo
Photography by Brent Darby
Cover courtesy Jacqui Small.
In Upcycling Outdoors: 20 Creative Garden Projects Made from Reclaimed Materials, Max McMurdo provides 20 inventive projects to get readers upcycling and recycling. The book includes valuable information on the tools, techniques, and materials to help you create unique designs and go on an outdoor creative adventure. The following excerpt is from Chapter 2, "Outdoor Structures."
The great outdoors is something that has been very close to my heart since I was a small child. I was a cub scout, and every year we went caravanning as a family. To maximize the time you can spend outside in the colder months, and even to extend chillier summer evenings, a fire is essential.
What I love about this design is that it is lightweight and therefore extremely portable; it repurposes something that has already travelled around outdoors; and it also combines beautiful aesthetics with clever engineering — my perfect combination!
It can be very frustrating when you get distracted or leave a fire and it goes out. This design allows you to preload the pit with round logs that simply roll into the centre as the previous log burns away, removing the need for you to keep loading the fire.
Produced with only threaded bars and some mesh, this design is lightweight, simple and satisfying to make and reuses a pair of old dented bicycle wheels that would otherwise be thrown away.
Tip: You can spray the entire construction with heat-resistant stove paint if required.
Excerpted with permission from Upcycling Outdoors, by Max McMurdo. Photography by Brent Darby. Published by Jacqui Small, an imprint of The Quarto Group, © 2018.