I had two used tire rims and I decided to make a stove. They have enough holes for the fire to breathe well, and I could easily create an opening to fuel the fire.

The easiest thing to do was to put the two rims on top of each other. This gave me enough height and space inside to fuel it.

I first gathered everything I’d need:

  • 2 tire rims
  • A drill
  • A grindstone bit for the drill
  • A wire grinder bit for the drill
  • A grinder
  • A piece of cloth
  • Acetone
  • A welder
  • A welder’s mask
  • Protective gloves
  • Heat-resistant spray paint (optional)


Step One: Cutting It to Shape

I first grabbed the two rims and put them on top of each other. With the help of a crayon, I drew out the size that I wanted the door to be. After I got that, I took the two rims apart and started cutting the door out with my grinder.

To make sure it didn’t cut my hands, I went over the edges with the drill. I put on my stone grinder bit and made it smoother.

Step Two: Taking Off the Top Layer of the Tire Rims

When I was done, I grabbed my drill and placed the wire grinder bit onto it. This will remove the paint on top and let me paint it with black heat-resistant spray paint.

Step Three: Welding the Two Tire Rims Together

After I had removed the top layer, I got my welder and my welder’s mask ready.

Make sure to always use the mask when welding, and never look at it without protection while it’s happening. Be careful how you use it, and always wear gloves.

Step Four: Painting

 I had three cooking trays that I didn’t really use, so I thought they would be perfect as a stand for the stove.  The two longer ones will hold it up, while the square one will be used to take out the ashes after use. I covered them all with black heat-resistant spray paint. I did the same with the stove itself.

Step Five: Trying It Out

I prepared some wood and fired it up. I used pine wood to light it. Pine wood is full of resin, so it burns quicker and better than other wood. This was perfect to make a fire in seconds.

I stuffed it as full as I could with wood. I only needed to use one piece of paper, most likely because of the resin in the wood.

It was able to push the flames out at the top, which I hadn’t thought of.

I tried out different things that I could use on top of it. For example, I could cook some steak on this cooking disk. Or make some soup in this pot. Or cook a chicken in this cast iron cooker.

This tire rim stove was an easy and practical build that most likely will be used a lot around my house. One of the best features of it is that you can simply put it inside the car and take it anywhere you go.

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