Outdoor fire pits are wonderful. They're great for summertime hangouts and getting cozy in the fall with some hot apple cider. But if the wind picks up, all of that smoke and flyaway embers can become really irritating.
This man's grandpa loves to enjoy his fire pit, but the smoke gets really troublesome for him. Being the good grandson he is, this man decided to build a hood to remedy this problem.
Here is the sketch he drew up, with no real idea of whether or not it would work. Fingers crossed!
He cut some sheet metal to shape...
And then got to work with the plasma cutter.
Grandpa came out to help bend the metal into a cone and secure the bolt in place.
Then the seam had to be welded.
Next came the smoke stack on top. Metal mesh was added to catch any stray sparks.
For easy transport, he added some handles.
Since his grandfather has a tractor, this will be a simple thing to move around.
Next, he got to work welding the legs. The feet, made out of metal tubing, will fit perfectly over a circle surrounding the fire pit.
Finally, he bent some round bar...
And welded it to the edge for a finished look.
He cut some metal pieces to create a door frame for tossing more wood onto the fire.
Carriage bolts were added...
And you can't have a door without a handle!
Now to add just a little bit of decoration in the way of some metal accents...
He prepped the hood for painting by cleaning it with a wire brush.
He gave it a quick rubdown with paint thinner to get rid of any oils left on the surface, too.
With some high-heat spray paint, he coated the surface a sleek black.
And there you have it!
Grandpa loves it, by the way.
It wasn't exactly the easiest project in the world, but it was definitely worth it! Now his grandparents can sit outside by the fire without having to worry about smoke in their eyes or sparks flying into the shrubbery nearby (as they did the previous summer!). It's sweet to see a person go to such great lengths for someone they truly care about.