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Old 08-28-2013, 02:05 PM
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Your example has "NO" door... I think he ment put the cutout in place as a door ? That will secure the sparks/coals when someone finishes using it instead of leaving it open so fire might get out (which would make it similar to a smoker in design instead of an open pit)
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:04 PM
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Your example has "NO" door... I think he meant put the cutout in place as a door? That will secure the sparks/coals when someone finishes using it instead of leaving it open so fire might get out (which would make it similar to a smoker in design instead of an open pit)
I plan to do a door on all following models. The cutout won't work because it is smaller than the opening unless I put a flat bar border around it, which I may do.

I have another idea I am going to try and that is to use small metal chains hanging like a curtain across the opening.
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Old 08-28-2013, 04:31 PM
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If you make some openings smaller or larger you can use different doors on different heaters. (Use the cutout from a larger opening on the slightly smaller opening to save material)

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Old 08-28-2013, 04:47 PM
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Use the original cutout piece and just weld a shaped piece of the rod (or similar) you used for the legs around the door to seal the gap & dress the door edges at the same time. It would only need to be shaped and tacked along the edge.

The idea is to utilize the "free" aspect not try to make it cost more.

You should be able to find those floral wire stands for next to nothing or nothing at all... One of them probably has enough stiff wire material to build a couple of those fire pit legs as well as trim for the door.
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Those floral wire stands are too thin a round stock. My welder, even at its lowest setting, burns it like a fuse.

Quarter inch round is about as small as I can use, maybe 3/16" at smallest.
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If you make some openings smaller or larger you can use different doors on different heaters. (Use the cutout from a larger opening on the slightly smaller opening to save material)

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Very good idea. I will absolutely think of that while I am doing these. I just got some larger cylinders, actually old portable air tanks, and some more R134a tanks. I will use one of those R134a tanks as a "door donor". One in particular has some dings in it anyway.
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Well dang! I put these on Craigslist as a planter and I just got an order for two now and she wants two more later. One for her mom and one for her sister. I asked her if she really liked these and she said "They are the cutest little things I have ever seen! I just had to have them".

Wow, I was shocked.

I have already sold two so this is four in a week.
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:48 PM
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Those floral wire stands are too thin a round stock. My welder, even at its lowest setting, burns it like a fuse.

Quarter inch round is about as small as I can use, maybe 3/16" at smallest.
The ones around here ARE at least 3/16" on the main wires...

Looks like you hit a niche market that might be profitable...Run with it til it peters out and sell as many as you can until that happens...

Sounds as if you might make some Christmas cash or Welder cash..
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Delivered the two little planter/heaters to the lady who "loved" them. Got paid and she wants three more!
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Delivered the two little planter/heaters to the lady who "loved" them. Got paid and she wants three more!
Sound great, Neat idea. Hope you got a good supply of used 20lb jugs.
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