DIY ProjectsHow To Make Fire Cook Stove From Used Steel Car Rims

How To Make Fire Cook Stove From Used Steel Car Rims

How To Make A Fire Cook Stove From Used Steel Car Rims is an intriguing do it yourself project.  That re- uses and upcycles materials that would otherwise be in a junkyard into a portable cool looking cook stove. I am so thrilled with this outdoor wood fired cooking stove that uses the natural structure of the steel car rims as a stable place to put a cast iron skillet to cook.

How To Make Fire Cookstove From Used Steel Car Rims
How To Make Fire Cookstove From Used Steel Car Rims

An inexpensive and relatively easy way to make a barbecue grill or cook stove with two used steel car or truck rims. Steel tire rims can be found in neighbors yards, gas stations, the dump, scrap yards, newspapers and craigslist. Sometimes free, sometimes for a couple of dollars.

Just have the two halves welded together with the deep sides facing each other and the shallow sides facing out. Cut out a section in the side for wood or charcoal to be placed in side. You may have a friend, relative or neighbor who can do the welding and cutting for you. You can use a disc angle grinder to make the opening the size you would like. If not you could pay a local shop to do it or ask around, Some people do small repairs, and welding under the table.

If you look around you can find an old round grill, measure it and look for a rim that it will fit into or get a piece of expandable metal to fit, trace the rim with soapstone and have it cut and tack welded to the rim. Before you use the cook stove, I would suggest using the first fire to burn off any old paint or you could have it sand blasted to clean it. The rims should be well cleaned, de-greased before being welded or cut with a torch.

Make sure the cook stove is placed on a firesafe, hard surface such as concrete, bricks, or cinder blocks. To clean out the ashes, just tip it over on it’s side and wash it out after it has cooled.

Bonus Points:

  • What was he drinking at the end of the video to celebrate his accomplishment of building the car rim cookstove ?

  • What is the name of the cool cat that came to visit while test firing the cookstove ?

  • What added bonus feature did he add to his car rim cookstove ?

Out of watching years of youtube videos, I can honestly say this laid back homesteader is only the 2nd person I have ever wanted to sit down and chat with. I bet him and his family would have an interesting homesteading story to tell.

Melissa Francis
Melissa Francis
Greetings! I'm Melissa Francis, the founder and primary contributor to The Homestead Survival. With over 20 years of experience in homesteading, sustainability, and emergency preparedness, I've dedicated my life to helping others achieve a simpler, more self-reliant lifestyle.

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