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6 Ways to Up-cycle Household Items into Fire Pits

6 Ways to Up-cycle Household Items into Fire Pits

If you think the green recycling movement is a recent invention, then you’ve never met a redneck!

  • REDNECK RECYCLING: Consists of recycling, reforming and reusing of everything they get their hands on.
  • Redneck Recycling is not: Separating glass, plastic, paper and aluminum.
  • Reuse, Reduce and Recycle in Redneck terms = Recoup, Rig, Repurpose

Since most rednecks love nothing more than sitting outside after a long day relaxing with a beer next to the fire, it’s no wonder that making DIY recycled fire pits from repurposed scrap materials has practically become an art form in redneck culture. As Jeff Foxworthy might say, you know you’re a redneck when your backyard barbecue is made from an abandoned shopping cart . . . or an old tractor tire rim, barrel, or washing machine tub!

Looking for an inexpensive way to create the perfect DIY backyard fire pit? Learn the redneck secrets for turning junk into one of these backyard gems.

The Barrel Pit

This fire pit is made from an old barrel and old horseshoes. If you have these two redneck staple pieces lying around your yard (or know of a scrapyard where you can pick them up for next to nothing), you’re well on your way to making a portable outdoor fire pit to light up your nights. Find an old grill top in your rummaging? Then get ready for some redneck barbecue!

Materials

Steel barrel

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4 old horse shoes

Salvaged grill top (optional)

Metal saw and welding tools

Basic cleaning solution

How to Make

Once you’ve found the perfect barrel, clean it out before proceeding. Since steel barrels are generally used to carry oil or other gunky stuff, you want to make sure all residue is removed first before lighting a fire in it. Use the cleaner for this and rinse thoroughly.

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  1. Measure 18 – 24 inches from the bottom of the barrel and mark this height at several points around the outside of the barrel.
  2. Cut the barrel using a metal saw and then weld around the rim of the barrel so edges are not sharp. Don’t know a thing about cutting and welding metal, or don’t have the tools? You may want to use the services of a metal welder, hopefully in the form of a redneck friend willing to work for free or for just the cost of materials. A professional welder’s services for this type of project can range anywhere from $20 to $80.
  3. If you’re the one doing the work, next, cut vent openings around the bottom section of the barrel (see image) about 7-8 inches apart. Vent openings release excess heat and help prevent wood pieces from overheating and shooting out too much spark.
  4. Weld around the cuts to soften the edges.
  5. Position horseshoes in parallel pairs around the rim of the barrel and weld each into place to create an imaginary cross.
  6. Fill with wood and kindling and enjoy! If you have an old grill top laying around, once the flames have died down to hot coals, place it on top of the horseshoes for an instant barbecue.

Ah, the simple life!

Source Credit – http://www.fireplacemall.com

The Repurposed Grill Fire Pit

If lounging in a lawn chair under the stars with your feet stretched out before a roaring fire sounds like a little slice of heaven, here’s how to turn this redneck fantasy into redneck reality! Got an old grill tucked away in the back of the shed? Then you’re all set.

Materials

  • Grill bottom
  • Metal Saw

How to Make

  1. Remove grill lid and other attached parts, including handles and legs.
  2. Reattach handles and legs, using each as a leg for the refashioned fire pit. Reattach only end of the handles and turn the other end down to act as a leg.
  3. The fire pit should sit at least 6 inches off the ground. If needed, cut old grill legs to size.
  4. Add kindling and fire starter.

Now, the fun part: Stretch out those tired dogs and relax!

The Wheelbarrow Fire Pit

Got an old wheelbarrow? Then you’ve got yourself a fire pit! Simply add wood and light. If the wheels still work, you can move the fire pit around the yard to keep you warm wherever you go. You can also keep it stationary by blocking the wheels.

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Materials

Old Wheelbarrow

Working wheels (If you want it to be portable)

Cement Bricks

How to Make

  1. Clean your wheelbarrow of any old debris
  2. Check the wheels. If you don’t want your wheelbarrow to be moved around, wheel to desired location and block in place using the cement bricks. A big old rock will do in a pinch, too!
  3. Fill with kindling and scrap wood.

Get ready for a barrow full of redneck fun!

The Shopping Cart Pit

Well lookie here, an abandoned shopping cart with no identifying store name on it whatsoever. Bring it to the dump? Not if you’re a redneck! If you can get your hands on some wire mesh, a little scrap metal, and you have some basic know-how of metal welding, the ultimate conversation fire pit could be yours!

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Materials

  • Discarded shopping cart with chrome finish
  • 27″ x 8′ steel lath (wire mesh) to line all of the four sides of the cart and basket
  • Steel drip edge flashing
  • Steel corner bead
  • 3 cookie sheets or flat scrap sheet metal
  • Hinges (To connect the spark screen to the shopping cart)
  • Handle
  • 1 pr Steel hurricane ties
  • Nuts and bolts

How to Make

  1. Remove all rubber and plastics parts from the cart, including the rubber bumpers on the corners of the basket. This is redneck must!
  2. Using the Steel drip edge flashing, build a snug frame for the bottom of the basket. This will help to keep embers from rolling out of the basket.
  3. Cut the edges off two cookie sheets (or use scrap sheet metal). Measure and cut so they fit inside the frame as a pan on the bottom of the cart.
  4. Line the cart with steel lath (wire mesh). Use large washers and bolts to attach the lath to the sides. For less than $10, a 27” x 8’ sheet will be enough for all 4 sides plus one piece left over to spark screen cover.
  5. To make the spark screen cover, cut to match the top of the cart (as a lid). Frame with steel corner bead, using nuts and bolts on all four sides to keep everything in place.
  6. Attach a handle to the far end of the lid; attaches hinges on the end closest to the basket.
  7. Use hurricane ties to secure the hinges in place.
  8. Pretty cool, huh? Now lift the lid and load your cart with kindling.

If the wheels are still working, this is a completely mobile redneck work of fire pit art. You can even use the undercarriage to store extra wood!

The Old Pot Pit

Grandma’s old cast iron or copper pot not getting much use anymore? Put your inner redneck to work and turn that unused cauldron into a fire pit with lots of charm.

Materials

  • Grandma’s old, large cast iron or copper cauldron or pot
  • Bricks or stones

How to Make

  1. Place the pot on a non-flammable surface. Concrete, gravel or dirt works fine.
  2. Surround the pot with large stones or bricks to prevent the pot from moving around or tipping over.
  3. Load with kindling and light.

If Grandma’s got an old grill grate she’s willing to part with, you’re in business! No more stew, though–get ready to barbecue!

The Steel Roofing Fire Ring

Have some strips of roofing metal left over from your last repair job? Well, don’tcha ya know it, you are in luck. It’s finally time to build that backyard fire ring!

Materials

  • Left over corrugated steel or pole barn roofing
  • Bricks, stone, etc.
  • Metal roofing screws (bolt style with washer)

How to Make

  1. Choose the location in your yard where the fire ring will be permanently installed.
  2. Clear grass from the area to leave level dirt.
  3. Create a loop with the roofing metal in the desired size of the ring.
  4. Fasten with roofing screws and washers.
  5. Stack bricks or rocks around ring high enough to cover the width of the ring.

That’s pretty darn elegant, if we do say so ourselves. If you like the redneck ethos for recycling wherever you can, but don’t necessarily like the redneck “look,” this project may be you!

Use these simple steps to bring out your inner redneck and throw an outdoor party that will wow your friends. Cold beer, warm fire… Ah, the simple joys of the redneck life!

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Last Updated on January 17, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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