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How to Build a Fire Pit with a Plasma Cutter

Does your garden look empty? When you look at your garden, does it seem like it needs something more? Purchasing or making a fire pit can be one of the best decisions you can make, to add an aesthetic look to your garden. It is low maintenance, hence, once you have successfully made one, it can serve you for years to come. Isn’t that amazing?

In this blog, we are gonna give you a step-by-step guide to building a fire pit with nothing but steel sheets and plasma cutters. To quench your curiosity regarding the plasma cutter fire pit or if you want to look into other designs of the same, click here. 

Now, without wasting any more time, let’s dive into the steps of making a fire pit with a plasma cutter. We will walk you through each of the steps in detail, but before you start following, we would advise you to read the full blog at least once.

 

Step 1: Making The Perimeter Framework

In this, we will be making a hexagonal plasma cutter fire pit. Why hexagonal? That’s because it is easy to build, looks great in your garden, and fits in a small space.

To make this, we need to first start by welding six steel plates together at an angle of 120 degrees. Moreover, the size of each of the steel sheets can be 1.5 x 1 ft. One needs to do the welding in order – first up, then at the bottom, and then at the center.

After making this perimeter successfully, let it cool down for some time, and now we can proceed to our next step.

Step 2: Make The Bottom 

Having made the perimeter framework, keep that frame on a steel sheet and sketch the boundaries on that sheet, from the inside.

With your plasma cutter, cut along the line, from the outside. Contrary to this if you cut, from the inside of the line, it may fall short. Hence, may not give you a proper fit inside the perimeter.

Keep the sheet below the perimeter and hammer it from the inside so that it can fit well. Once you are satisfied with the fit, begin to weld. Start from the joints, and move inwards. Repeat this step for all six sides. Nonetheless, this will make for a strong design of your plasma cutter fire pit.

Now, it’s time for the next step.

pit walls

Step 3: It’s Design Time

After laying the firm foundation for your fire pit, it’s time that we cut the pit walls in a fashionable design.

You can make any design of your choice. However, we will suggest you make a simple design by simply following the steps mentioned below.

Firstly, take a quarter-inch thick wooden ply and draw some simple designs on it.

You can draw big diamonds or circles. Apart from this, cutting some tough designs can ultimately be a compromise on the strength of your fire pit walls. This can result in the fire pit falling off in the middle of your party. Definitely an unpleasant situation!

Now put this simply designed wooden template on the sides of the pit and draw the shapes.

Having done this, cut it with precision.

When you are done with the cutting, you need to grind the design from the inside so that the cuts are smooth.

Once this step is completed, the next step will be a piece of cake.

Step 4: Making The Holes

Invert the pit, place a compass in the middle and draw two circles, with some space in between.

Draw straight lines, connecting diagonally opposite corners. At the intersection of these lines with the circles, draw smaller circles.

Cut them out. These holes are made to allow smooth airflow and keep the fire burning.

But the problem is, some contents of the fire pit might fall off these holes. So what can we do?

We can weld a net at the bottom of the pit. Remember to leave spaces for attaching the legs.

Step 5: Attaching The Legs 

You can attach steel or iron legs, as is your preference. Do not attach the legs on the net that we have just talked about in the previous step, as this can keep the legs from attaching firmly.

Weld the legs near the periphery in a similar way. The position should not be too outward or too inward.

Lastly, you need to check whether it can take a reasonable load or not. To do this, you need to get inside the pit. Walk around the periphery and stand at the center to look for any defect or if the pit tips over.

If you feel that the pit is tipping over, you can remove the leg and place it a bit more towards the periphery. Undoubtedly, this should work well. This completes your plasma cutter fire pit.

Attaching The Legs

Conclusion

We hope that after reading this blog you have got a crystal clear idea as to what are the steps that you would need to take in order to build a robust plasma cutter fire pit for your garden. So it’s time to make it and call your friends and have a blast. However, we are signing off for today but will be back with an even more interesting topic on a fire pit. Thank you

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