Upcycling means making something better from rubbish. Here's how to upcycle your old washing machine drum into a barbeque or campfire. There's no need to spend your precious dosh on a fancy shop bought one.
When our new washing machine was delivered, the delivery men offered to take away our old one. 'No way' said my husband, there's lots I can do with that. He used the timer to make a watering system for the greenhouse for when we were away on holiday - clever lad, but the best of all is our washing machine drum barbeque which is what I cook on when we're away camping or at festivals.
It is perfectly designed to let air in through the holes, and contains the fire nicely. A grid on the top allows the kettle, saucepan or coffee pot to sit on nicely and it even has temperature adjustment! For a slow simmer, place the pan on the edge, and for fast boil, put it in the middle!
If you need extra heat to the fire, simply place 4 small pieces of wood or stone as wedges underneath and the air will flow better.
To barbeque without pots and pans, simply let the wood burn through to embers and place your sausages on the grill.
Then, when the food's cooked, stoke up the fire to keep the midgies at bay and everone can sit round the fire roasting their toes and marshmallows!
So maybe next time you need a new washing machine, keep the drum for a fire!
If you liked this, you might also like my blog about reusing plastic containers - here is an old Vax vacuum cleaner I upcycled into a pot for growing chives. Read more about reusing plastic containers for planting here
Other Recycling and Upcycling posts:
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Upcycle Textiles
Read about my upcycling business, The Woolly Pedlar
Reduce, Recycle Sticks and Willow
Thanks for reading. Next week I'll continue the series on making and doing things with children.