Spring is allegedly here, depending on what part of the country you’re living in, and with spring comes DIY! Yes, project people – it’s time to get out the tools and do something fun. One thing that you always notice this time of year is the house and garden, thinking of interesting and useful new projects. If you’re tired of the same-old-stuff, there’s a new direction to consider. 55 gal drums can make a lot of useful projects, and some that are great for every season. You’ll never look at these industrial workhorses the same way again.
1. Make a smoker. Smokers are classic projects, and there are many conversion kits available. Some do require welding to make sure to buy for your level of expertise.
2. Make a wood stove. Heat a cabin, workshop, or man cave to a toasty temperature when you buy a barrel conversion kit. These stoves heat up to 1,200 square feet and can even be doubled up for extra cold weather heating power.
3. Composting on the cheap! Forget coughing up hundreds of dollars at the garden center when you can make your compost tumbler with a 55-gallon plastic or steel drum. Plans are online to show you how to make this model with lumber and skate wheels.
4. Rain barrels. You wouldn’t think that using a rain barrel to harvest rainwater would be controversial, but laws have only recently begun to affirm the rights of homeowners to collect rainwater from their roofs. In some places, the total collection capability is limited to 110 gallons – or two 55-gallon drums.
You can see just a few of the ways to use these incredible, durable, practical 55 gal drums in your next DIY project and blow everyone’s minds with your creativity.