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Postby Corwin C » Sun Jan 10, 2010 11:37 am

I realize that this is an old thread, but I feel like I should mention the dangers of galvanized metal in a fire. The coating will burn off, creating toxic gasses. This goes with welding as well ... please be careful with metals that are coated with anything.

Quick solution ... put a few shovel fulls of sand or even soil in the bottom of the pan to protect it from the fire. Dispose of it with the ashes (please ... not in a trash can unless it is DEAD COLD ... dumpster fires are no fun.)
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Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Sat Jan 23, 2010 4:41 pm

My wife got one of these for Christmas

http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/ ... _200349270
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Postby Clayton » Tue Nov 23, 2010 2:15 pm

The cheapest fire pan I've found is a galvanized oil drain pan from an auto parts store. Sturdy and light. Set it on some rocks to protect fragile ground from heat.
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Postby CAJUN LADY » Wed Nov 24, 2010 11:45 am

They have the galvanized pans at Home Depot for about $7.00. Perfect size!
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Postby parnold » Wed Nov 24, 2010 3:33 pm

the dangers of galvanized metal in a fire


I've heard of the danger welding galvanized steel, but never thought of it as pertaining to a wood fire. I wonder at what temp the danger starts?? Any facts on this??
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Postby parnold » Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:08 pm

Found out a little more.....

Zinc melts at @950 F. and vaporizes @1650 F.


So if using a galvanized pan for a fir pit, avoid the smoke until the zinc has burned off, or use muriatic acid and take the zinc off yourself which is probably the best solution.

In a well ventilated area (I think an outdoor fire qualifies as well ventilated) there is an extremely small chance of inhaling enough zinc fumes to cause an health issue. Always err on the side of caution!!!
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Postby parnold » Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:13 pm

lol.. even more...

From MSDS Sheet...
HEALTH HAZ ACUTE AND CHRONIC: STEEL PRODS IN THEIR USUAL PHYSICAL FORM DO NOT
POSE ANY HLTH HAZS. HOWEVER, WHEN SUBJECTED TO WELDING, BURNING, GRINDING,
CUTTING, ABRASIVE BLASTING, HEAT TREATMENT, PICKLING/SIMILAR OPERATIONS, POTNTLY
HAZ FUMES/DUSTS MAY BE EMITTED. ING 2:BENIGN LUNG CNDTN KNOWN AS SILICOSIS. ING
3:MINOR IRRITS TO (EFTS OF OVEREXP)

This was my favorite part..
VENTILATION: VENTILATION SHOULD BE SUFFICIENT TO MAINTAIN EXPOSURE LEVELS BELOW
THE APPLICABLE EXPOSURE LIMIT.

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Postby Treeview » Tue Nov 29, 2011 1:09 pm

New addition to an old thread!

Large ammo boxes work too. There are some flat, tray type ones. The lids slip off then can be dropped on to smother the fire. Coals are left to use as the base for the next fire.

If you use the 50 cal boxes you'll need to have some holes down low to provide a draft.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Ammo-can-stove/

Cheapest...head to the thrift store and find a large stainless steel turkey roaster, wok or bowl.

Plow disk is a good one too as someone mentioned.

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Postby Blotto Bros » Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:47 pm

May be hard to find now but as a kid I used old metal gold pans. Dig out a very shallow depression in the ground, line with rocks and place pan in the middle. This would also work well for the hog pan idea.
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Postby cuyeda » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:37 pm

Old thread, new updates... So what did you decide on Dean A?

I book marked a few propane tank conversions for the project list.
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Postby Keyser Sose » Wed Jan 04, 2012 12:38 pm

An old stainless steel sink or one of those large SS tubs they serve foor in at restaurants. Go to your local recycling center (where they turn the cans in) and you can get those for the scrap price by weight. Can also get sheet SS and sheet aluminum there for scrap price too. They sell it by the pound.

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Postby Colemancooler » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:03 pm

Micro469 wrote:Didn't somebody on this forum take an old propane tank and cut sections out of the sides to use as a firepit? I think they even welded legs on it to raise it off the ground. Either that or I was dreaming....... :thinking:


I am working on a modified propane tank fire pit propane powered so I can use it when there is a fire Ban, I have most of the parts, just cannot decide how to build the burner ring, I will post pics as soon as I figure out the details
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Postby desertmoose » Wed Jan 04, 2012 2:01 pm

Colemancooler wrote:
I am working on a modified propane tank fire pit propane powered so I can use it when there is a fire Ban, I have most of the parts, just cannot decide how to build the burner ring, I will post pics as soon as I figure out the details


I was thinking on building one, and was going to make the burner in an X shape. It would be easier than trying to make a ring, and who cares what the shape of the flames are?

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Postby Colemancooler » Wed Jan 04, 2012 6:41 pm

this thread helped me get the motivation to work on this today. i have given up on the round burner idea, and have decided to make a 2 pronged burner, i will post pics when i get it done. so far $20 approximately is all i have spent, I love the habitat for humanity store in my home town they sell used construction materials cheap, and (when i am working) i do Heating work so I have been collecting these parts for a while

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Postby Treeview » Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:30 pm

When I was at the recycling center today I spotted a helium tank in the metal tipper. I asked the guy on the forklift if I could have it. back at my shop I bumped the balloon filler nozzle...helium! I had to 'duck talk' a little before I pulled the valve. Too bad no one was around...I guess that I could have called someone :)

When I get back I'm going to make a little woodburner.
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