Vortex Burn Barrel Build and Operation
I got a 55 gallon steel drum at North Shore Scrap Metal a couple of days ago for use as a burn barrel.
After doing a little research and with a few DIY modifications I burned the brush in the yard pretty darn efficiently.
Before you attempt any of the you should consult the city website and Fire Station to be sure you pull a permit and are burning on a day the City allows burning.
First drilled holes using a half inch drill bit about 4-6 inches from the bottom of the barrel and about ten inches apart.
Then go up about six inches and over three and make more holes going around the barrel.
Also drill some holes in the bottom so water can escape and the burn barrel won’t rust out as quickly.
Next use a sawzall or jigsaw to cut the Barrel from hole to hole diagonally.
Next stick a hammer pulling end into the slot and pull it so there’s an opening for air to stoke your fire.
Prop your barrel up on bricks, make sure you are far from structures and keep a hose close by, wet down the surrounding area and start a small fire.