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Redneck Solo Stove

Someone, I believe it may have been @caliking , posted awhile back about the Solo Stove fire pit. I looked into them and almost ordered one but decided to wait. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I saw on Pinterest where folks are making fire pits out of the drum out of a washing machine. My wife has been selling appliances for 25 years so a broken washer is easy for me to get. I built two. The stainless one came out of a front load washer and the black one (painted with 2000 degree paint) came out of a top load. These are just my style, easy and cheap. I haven’t fired up the black one yet.

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 LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

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  • Markarm4119Markarm4119 Posts: 526
    Great repurposing of something and saving $100s of dolllars.
    LBGE, and just enough knowledge and gadgets to be dangerous .
    Buford,Ga.
  • loco_engrloco_engr Posts: 5,100
    nice setup & gas pump!
    aka marysvilleksegghead, moved to Basehor,KS 2/26/2021
    Lrg 2008
    mini 2009
    XL 2021
    Henny Youngman:
    I said to my wife, 'Where do you want to go for our anniversary?' She said, 'I want to go somewhere I've never been before.' I said, 'Try the kitchen.'
    Bob Hope: When I wake up in the morning, I don’t feel anything until noon, and then it’s time for my nap
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,036
    Nice!!

    Hope it’s still fire pit weather where you are. We put the solo stove to good use this past season. 

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • been using them for years. I would never pay the money they want for the other thing. You could buy a bunch of cinder blocks for that money. No, they want last very long but who cares...
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,832
    @caliking It’s starting to get a little to warm for a firepit except for the occasional cool spring night. It’ll get used occasionally all year. 

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     LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • Photo EggPhoto Egg Posts: 11,293
    Perfect!

    Thank you,
    Darian

    Galveston Texas
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 4,974
    Nice outdoor kitchen!
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,036
    shtgunal3 said:
    @caliking It’s starting to get a little to warm for a firepit except for the occasional cool spring night. It’ll get used occasionally all year. 
    Don't forget that you can cook on it. I seared a tri-tip on mine once. Just because :smiley:

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • odie91odie91 Posts: 541

    If your washer drums have a thick rim around the opening (or anywhere for that matter), be careful, it might be a hollow rim that contains little metal beads that could come flying out of there if the hollow rim pressurizes and explodes.   I drilled holes into mine just to be safe.

    I bought a Solo Stove Bonfire.   It is neat seeing the secondary combustion, but I noticed that it is NOT any less smoking than a washer drum.  So the only advantage to the Solo Stove was the cool factor.

    With that said, I also took an Akorn Kamado, removed the inner oven insulation, drilled some holes on the lower outside and inner topside to pretty much duplicate a Solo Stove.   Worked just the same.....




  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 1,160
    Another approach at repurposing for a similar result using old auto wheel rims.  These are not mine, saw them some months back.....

    LBGE, LBGE-PTR, 22" Weber, Coleman 413G
    Great Plains, USA
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,743
    I just ordered the Solo stove Bonfire. Does it hold up to the humidity within 3 miles of saltwater? I also have some oak limbs that I will saw up and store now that they will have a use.
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,743
    Oh I forgot to say that they have a pretty hefty sale going on right now.
  • 500500 Posts: 3,157
    I have a cracked large Egg base. What would have if I threw wood in it?
    I like my butt rubbed and my pork pulled.
    Member since 2009
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,036
    500 said:
    I have a cracked large Egg base. What would have if I threw wood in it?
    There's a chance it'll crack more. Wood fires can burn pretty hot.

    A few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to burn some tree trimmings in my tandoor. The refractory cement holding the bricks in place sorta vaporized. 

    Granted, maybe I shouldn't have packed it full of wood before lighting it up...

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,214
    shtgunal3 said:
    Someone, I believe it may have been @caliking , posted awhile back about the Solo Stove fire pit. I looked into them and almost ordered one but decided to wait. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I saw on Pinterest where folks are making fire pits out of the drum out of a washing machine. My wife has been selling appliances for 25 years so a broken washer is easy for me to get. I built two. The stainless one came out of a front load washer and the black one (painted with 2000 degree paint) came out of a top load. These are just my style, easy and cheap. I haven’t fired up the black one yet.

    I had somehow missed this the first time, but this seems really kind of smart to me.  I doubt it’s as smokeless as a Solo stove, but I bet it throws off just as much heat.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,743
    Well my solo has already been shipped. No idea of the time frame.
  • shtgunal3shtgunal3 Posts: 4,832
    shtgunal3 said:
    Someone, I believe it may have been @caliking , posted awhile back about the Solo Stove fire pit. I looked into them and almost ordered one but decided to wait. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I saw on Pinterest where folks are making fire pits out of the drum out of a washing machine. My wife has been selling appliances for 25 years so a broken washer is easy for me to get. I built two. The stainless one came out of a front load washer and the black one (painted with 2000 degree paint) came out of a top load. These are just my style, easy and cheap. I haven’t fired up the black one yet.

    I had somehow missed this the first time, but this seems really kind of smart to me.  I doubt it’s as smokeless as a Solo stove, but I bet it throws off just as much heat.
    It puts off a ton of heat and is “fairly” smokeless. I can’t compare to the solostove as I haven’t used one of those. 

    ___________________________________

     

     LBGE,SBGE, and a Mini makes three......Sweet home Alabama........ Stay thirsty my friends .

  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,214
    shtgunal3 said:
    shtgunal3 said:
    Someone, I believe it may have been @caliking , posted awhile back about the Solo Stove fire pit. I looked into them and almost ordered one but decided to wait. Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I saw on Pinterest where folks are making fire pits out of the drum out of a washing machine. My wife has been selling appliances for 25 years so a broken washer is easy for me to get. I built two. The stainless one came out of a front load washer and the black one (painted with 2000 degree paint) came out of a top load. These are just my style, easy and cheap. I haven’t fired up the black one yet.

    I had somehow missed this the first time, but this seems really kind of smart to me.  I doubt it’s as smokeless as a Solo stove, but I bet it throws off just as much heat.
    It puts off a ton of heat and is “fairly” smokeless. I can’t compare to the solostove as I haven’t used one of those. 
    I dig it.  Can’t beat the price!
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 4,974
    caliking said:
    500 said:
    I have a cracked large Egg base. What would have if I threw wood in it?
    There's a chance it'll crack more. Wood fires can burn pretty hot.

    A few years ago, I thought it would be a good idea to burn some tree trimmings in my tandoor. The refractory cement holding the bricks in place sorta vaporized. 

    Granted, maybe I shouldn't have packed it full of wood before lighting it up...
    I assumed charcoal burns hotter than wood. That may be wrong 
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 8,737
    edited January 11
    To each his own. Extreme red necker here, made my XL rotisserie out of a discarded dryer drum :)  Appliance repair neighbour gave me two front load washer stainless drums and used one as firepit, nothing wrong with that but retired it (actually gave it away on garbage day). Replaced it with a Kijiji Biolite firepit, way more fun and enjoyable than the drum ;) Can’t beat the drum for heat though.

    edit: anyone with experience of solo stove Campfire stove? I got one for Christmas but haven’t tried it yet. It’s for fun, we don’t camp.
    canuckland
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 8,737
    edited January 11
    odie91 said:

    If your washer drums have a thick rim around the opening (or anywhere for that matter), be careful, it might be a hollow rim that contains little metal beads that could come flying out of there if the hollow rim pressurizes and explodes.   I drilled holes into mine just to be safe.

    I bought a Solo Stove Bonfire.   It is neat seeing the secondary combustion, but I noticed that it is NOT any less smoking than a washer drum.  So the only advantage to the Solo Stove was the cool factor.

    With that said, I also took an Akorn Kamado, removed the inner oven insulation, drilled some holes on the lower outside and inner topside to pretty much duplicate a Solo Stove.   Worked just the same.....




    When I repurposed my washer drum for firepit I recall collecting a good number of marble sized ball bearings after removing a tightly bolted retaining ring.
    canuckland
  • I just ordered the Solo stove Bonfire. Does it hold up to the humidity within 3 miles of saltwater? I also have some oak limbs that I will saw up and store now that they will have a use.
    Yes it does. My buddy has one at his camp in grand isle and it’s held up nicely. Way better than your traditional metal fire pit. 
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,743
    Btw got to head home, it’s supposed to be on the door step.
  • shtgunal3 said:

    You really shouldn’t have your fuel pump so close to an open flame, unless you’re gunning for a Darwin Award. 
  • dbCooper said:
    Another approach at repurposing for a similar result using old auto wheel rims.  These are not mine, saw them some months back.....

    Those rims remind me of Costa Rica, where families would set up with rims and charcoal on the beach in the morning and enjoy the cookout all day. “Rimming,” I think they called it. 

    Quite the country. Great climate. Fantastic literacy rates. Some of the world’s happiest people. 
  • dbCooperdbCooper Posts: 1,160
    edited January 12
    dbCooper said:
    Another approach at repurposing for a similar result using old auto wheel rims.  These are not mine, saw them some months back.....

    Those rims remind me of Costa Rica, where families would set up with rims and charcoal on the beach in the morning and enjoy the cookout all day. “Rimming,” I think they called it. 

    Quite the country. Great climate. Fantastic literacy rates. Some of the world’s happiest people. 
    @GrateEggspectations
    Totally agree with what you say about Costa Rica, fabulous country. 
    I took that photo in Cuenca, Ecuador.  That country has many of the same positive attributes as CR.  Due to Covid we haven't been back since 2019.  At that time people were less happy than previously, mainly due to the then president allowing China to rape the natural resources, plus austerity measures.
    LBGE, LBGE-PTR, 22" Weber, Coleman 413G
    Great Plains, USA
  • GrateEggspectationsGrateEggspectations Posts: 6,412
    edited January 13
    dbCooper said:
    dbCooper said:
    Another approach at repurposing for a similar result using old auto wheel rims.  These are not mine, saw them some months back.....

    Those rims remind me of Costa Rica, where families would set up with rims and charcoal on the beach in the morning and enjoy the cookout all day. “Rimming,” I think they called it. 

    Quite the country. Great climate. Fantastic literacy rates. Some of the world’s happiest people. 
    @GrateEggspectations
    Totally agree with what you say about Costa Rica, fabulous country. 
    I took that photo in Cuenca, Ecuador.  That country has many of the same positive attributes as CR.  Due to Covid we haven't been back since 2019.  At that time people were less happy than previously, mainly due to the then president allowing China to rape the natural resources, plus austerity measures.
    Haven’t been to Ecuador but hope to before I become dust. 

    Of our “Southern” vacations, most of which were local experiences and not on resort, Costa Rica has been our fave. A culture that places value where it rightly belongs, if you know what I mean. La pura vida all the way!
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