Our Homemade Firepit - From All Repurposed Materials

I grew up going to a cabin that had a firepit. It was the heart of the activities. Everyone came together around it and the best memories happened there. So, when my husband and I bought our own cabin (right next to the one I grew up going to), our top priority was building a firepit.
Our firepit
We immediately knew where to build it. But, we looked at the ones you buy at the big box stores and just felt they didn't capture the spirit of the cabin.
This is where we decided it belonged
The previous owners left a big metal cement mixing tub. It spoke to us. There were also loads so cinder blocks everywhere. We shot a few holes in the bottom of the tub for water to drain. Then, we built a base out of the blocks and were able to drop the tub right in. It was functional, but ugly.
I spent hours scouring our creek for just the right rocks. Once I started piling them up, my husband stepped in and went old school builder on me. I think he did a great job stacking them around the blocks. You can't even tell what this is made of.
Here it it, waiting to be the center of the p
It's even better than I imagined!

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  • Judi
    on Mar 21, 2019

    How did you get the stones to stay in place?

    • Rae
      on Mar 21, 2019

      They’re just stacked tightly. But, they do get loose. So, we used one of those piping things recently to put cement in between the rocks.

  • Sheri L.
    Sheri L.
    on Mar 21, 2019

    How do you empty the ashes?

    • Rae
      on Mar 21, 2019

      We shovel them out and dump them in the woods.

  • Patricia Chambers
    Patricia Chambers
    on Jun 23, 2019

    Could you use an old actual bath tub

    • Rae
      on Jun 23, 2019

      As as long as it’s one of those old cast iron tubs, I don’t see why not!

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