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Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim

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Lanse

03-03-2012 14:23:11
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Hey yall!! Well, I hope that turning an old tractor rim into something non-tractor related isnt considered sacrilege on a tractor forum, but either way, here is something I made a little while back, and just wanted to share.

Last August, a few days before my senior year of high school started, I drove out to the city to buy some new clothes and the like. On my way back out to the farm, I took the backroads and found this old rim sitting beside someone's trash.

At first I was going to scrap it, but I decided it would be a waste. So, I set it aside as one of those "Build this when things are slow and you need $$" projects, and a few weeks back, I started this build.

I thought it was really fun. I used some 1" solid bar stock out of a railing that I scrapped, and tigged that together, even tho Im a self-confessed tig-noob :/

And Im happy with the way that it came out. I build it with the intent to sell it to someone, but my mom kind of fell in love with it, so needless to say, it wont be going too far lol.

Either way, I hope that everyone is having a good weekend, and enjoys the videos. Constructive criticism is always welcome, and I hope I get to build more of these sometime... Enjoy :) Audio/Video clip:video1 video2
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Buickanddeere

03-05-2012 09:22:52
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
Remember to take the tire off the rim before starting the fire.



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ASEguy

03-05-2012 05:14:15
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
Lanse, I like your creativity and your attitude. Nice job on the pit. Good looking welds too.



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GeneMO

03-04-2012 11:31:32
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
I "built" one for down at the hunting cabin. I think it was a rim of an M Farmall.

The rim was in the iron pile. We hauled it down to the cabin and threw it down on the ground.

Been using it that way since 1995. Once every three or four years we lift it up and rake the ashes out from under it.

Gene



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scotc

03-04-2012 22:44:23
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to GeneMO, 03-04-2012 11:31:32  
If you have it on legs or sitting on a couple bricks you can shovel the ash out as you use it.



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scotc

03-04-2012 07:37:51
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
There is a truck scrap yard between you and Columbus. See if you can pick up a dozen old Dayton split rims, should be cheap.



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Lanse

03-04-2012 17:44:55
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to scotc, 03-04-2012 07:37:51  
Alright, will do. I might even hit up the ole' craigslist for them, thanks scot :)



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Stick welding

03-04-2012 00:19:28
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
Get one of the round expanded metal grates for a brick fire pit, or make your own, and you've got a BBQ. Using even smaller expanded metal you could make a spark guard like outdoor fireplaces have.



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BigMarv1085

03-03-2012 21:07:37
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
enjoyed the video, can't wait to see a fire blazing in it



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Lanse

03-04-2012 17:43:11
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to BigMarv1085, 03-03-2012 21:07:37  
lol, thanks!! Ill make a video of that, whenever its warm enough for a fire... :)



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DiyDave

03-03-2012 17:59:14
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
Put that over a stump, add fuel wood, and you gots a jim dandy stump burner!



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Lanse

03-04-2012 17:41:11
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to DiyDave, 03-03-2012 17:59:14  
Haha true that!! Actually, its kinda heavy to be portable unless you could get it on a carryall or something, but I may be able to market these, as having that capability :)



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GordoSD

03-03-2012 16:42:15
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
I want one for a burn barrel.



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Jim in Ma.

03-03-2012 16:05:12
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
Just a hint here - next one you build = put 3 legs on it, then it will not try to shift or tip on uneven ground.



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Lanse

03-04-2012 17:39:58
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Jim in Ma., 03-03-2012 16:05:12  
Thats a really good idea, thanks!!

Im hoping to make more of these, I bet I can get $100 each out of them from the yuppies. Maybe I can find some used rims from rich or something...



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Super Trucker

03-03-2012 15:46:30
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
Well if it doesn't make it as a fire pit I'll buy it for a jack stand! Those are some pretty beefy legs. Really nice welds on the heavy to thin metal . I would have had burn thru all over the place.



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Lanse

03-04-2012 17:38:22
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Super Trucker, 03-03-2012 15:46:30  
Haha thanks dude!!

Actually, It wasnt hard to weld at all, it was in a comfortable position, where I could lean on the rim and all, it went well. Those legs are solid bar stock, and this rim is HEAVY. I wanna say most of it was 3/16. but it might have even been 1/4 or 5/16 on the "main center". It was a workout getting it into and out of the truck, but it welded just fine with 1/8" 7018. I ran some of those welds on AC to keep the machine down...

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snoopnc

03-03-2012 14:49:01
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to Lanse, 03-03-2012 14:23:11  
Believe it or not...I looked at the firepit and my IMMEDIATE thought was "Looks like something Lanse COULD make for a project". THEN...surprise, surprise...it is a Lanse made project!!

Looks good to me....hhmmmmm...I've got a couple old disc plow blades and a couple or so old "donut" trailer rims....??

Rick...trying to think of something I can do when weather encourages me outta the house.



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Lanse

03-04-2012 17:32:13
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 Re: Fire Pit from a Tractor Rim in reply to snoopnc, 03-03-2012 14:49:01  
Haha, a "Lanse Made" Project... I like that lol.

Thanks dude!! These things are really fun to make. It hasnt really been warm enough here to try it out, but I cant wait to :)



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