How to turn an old washing machine into a wishing well burn barrell

The bucket:

The bucket is the one element that really sells that this is more than just an ordinary burn barrel. It simply wouldn’t be a wishing will without it.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

The hardest part was making the rings. I had to go back to my geometry days to figure out the circumference of the rings so I could cut the proper lengths. I ended up with 5in diameter for the bottom and 6in diameter for the top and 5.5in diameter for the decorative middle ring.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

I used another rod of the 3/8in mild steel, cut it down to size and curved it. I was lucky and had access to a slip roller so I could get prefect rings in no time. I’m sure there are many other ways to go about making your bucket if you don’t have the same tools.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

After I had the rings welded I cut down some bar stock metal for the slats. Each slat was 1in x 4in x 1/8in. I used 12 total and welded then haphazardly to the rings for a rustic look. I then traced the bottom angles onto the bar stock so I could trim them to size and maintain the round shape.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

Finally, I used the vice again to bend up a handle and hook it between slats for it to hold into the top ring.

Now you have a heavy duty metal bucket ready to brave the heat of a fire to ensure you have perfectly warmed meals.

Side supports:

Ultimately the sides are fairly straightforward but there is a lot going on. This is the part that really brings everything together.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

First, I closed the roof panels until they naturally stopped at the maximum reach of the hinges. I’m not one to worry about the actual degree of the angle, I just needed to make sure they were the same. I traced the angle, stenciled it onto 2 pieces of 2in x 24in x 1/8in bar stock.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

That way I can cut the bar stock to the perfect angle.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

Each side support needed 2 holes to connect it to the washing drum. I figured out the holes were consistently 2in apart so I marked out some lines and punched the holes. #8 bolts fit great in the barrel holes and I picked out some #8 wing nuts for easy assembly.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

I punched a single hole in one side to hold the bucket crank rod. That is the side I adorned with welded stops on both sides for the washer and the locking nubbin.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

The other side I punched a series of holes to make an opening that would fit the rod, the lock nubbin, and the threaded quick link.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

Finally, I needed to weld on rails to support the roof. I cut down some 1in angle iron into 9in lengths. I punched holes into 2 of them.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

The rails with holes will be used to bolt the roof onto.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

The other rails will not use bolts so you can utilize the hinges to freely lift the roof. A few weld beads to secure the rails to the side bars and we are ready to assemble!

On-site assembly:

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

After all your hard work is time to put your burn barrel to work. It arrives on scene conveniently packed all into the barrel.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

After removing the pieces from the barrel the side supports are added in no time. 4 bolts are rapidly tightened with the help of the wing nuts. The bucket crank fits right through our openings and is secured with a washer and bolt on the end.

Washing Machine Wishing Well Burn Barrel

The chain and bucket are attached with no difficulty.

Finally, the roof is attached with 4 bolts using a Philips head screwdriver found in my utility knife set up (Thanks Amanda for demonstrating the assembly).

As soon as the sun sets, light up some logs, add a meal to your bucket, and enjoy some relaxing conversation around your one-of-a-kind burn barrel.

Thanks to  for this creative project!

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