Heavy Duty Incinerator

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    Does anyone know if such a thing exists as a heavy duty garden incinerator, preferably that is raised reasonably well off the ground?

    In the coming days/weeks, we have a LOT of garden stuff that could do with burning (a fallen tree for a start) and whilst I accept that burning it 'green' will make it smoke like hell, I don't really have much choice.

    I do have an incinerator, but it is somewhat well used, and the last time we used it we scorched a massive hole in the grass that has barely recovered almost a year later. We do have some old paving stones that we can lay on top of the grass and then put the bin on top of them, but I am not convinced that it will offer much protection from the heat - besides, the bin itself is not in great nick if truth be told. I do have a cast iron chimnea, but the opening on that is so small that we would be feeding it forever I think.

    I'm not averse to home made alternatives, but I kinda need a quick-ish solution to get rid of the rubbish.
     
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      Some concerte will explode with the heat is to hot, so me carefull
       
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        Thanks @Jiffy - excellent point that I must admit I hadn't thought of. Its a shame that you don't see the old fashioned braziers with the longish legs anymore, as one of those would be ideal.
         
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            I dont think you are ever going to be able to use a burner that doesn't kill the grass under it, it not going to happen,:biggrin: how ever long the legs are.
            Better to use an area set aside as a burning area in my view.

            Due to neighbours being very 21st century:lunapic 130165696578242 5: and fussy I've abandoned burning and bought a shredder, a bit costly but I hope I get a good few years out of it.
             
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              Aye, I could use the patio I suppose, but that just leaves a bigger clean up - that and I am worried about staining/marking the patio bearing in mind I rent the place). There is no room elsewhere in the garden either - it is either patio or grass, as everything else is close to the fences.

              I do have a shredder which we will use for the smaller stuff, but it won't cope with the thicker stuff (it is just a cheapy to be fair)
               
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                Well anything over 2ins in diameter gets cut into 18in long sections and stacked up as a log pile for insects to invade.:biggrin:
                 
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                  Hmmm, I'm not sure whether this is an option but could you make a temporary fire pit? ie lift some of the turf in a circle and put a ring of bricks around the edge. Then once you've finished you could put the turf back? Dunno whether that is a good idea or not!! :rolleyespink:
                   
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                    Years ago I needed something to burn wood in at a cottage where fires were allowed in containers- no open fires allowed. I don't know what size your clothes dryers are but ours are a decent size so I grabbed the drum out of one put to the road for rubbish pick up. I sat it on some bricks. It was able to draw lots of air through the holes and lasted a few years.

                    Must admit I probably looked a bit silly dismantling a clothes dryer at the side of the road but it only took me about 15 minutes and I had a free solution. ;)
                     
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                      Hi,

                      Don't know the size of your tree etc, but some of the Tree Surgeon types offer a chipping service or if you have a lot of other garden waste , hiring a skip ?

                      Might be more expensive, but typically done in a day and no problems with smoking out the neighbours and yourself over several days /weeks with a burner !
                       
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                        Sadly hacking up the turf is a non-starter for us @Snorky85 , not least as the ground here is so bloomin' hard.

                        @CanadianLori - that sounds like a decent idea, but it is very rare to see appliances left out for trash here; more often than not they are collected by the company delivering the new appliance and taken for recycling.

                        @ricky101 - the tree itself isn't huge, but it is the second this year, and I am yet to burn or get rid of the first. A skip around here costs an arm and a leg (over £220 the last time I checked for a small one) and I am not paying that sort of money to get shot of a few bits of wood; as for smoking the neighbours out, I am not bothered in the least about that nowadays, as they clearly didn't give two hoots about showering our cars with firework detritus last weekend!
                         
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                          Around here (rural) there are plenty of oil drums available - people punch a few holes and use them. They last much better than standard bins on legs and are big enough to hold hefty branches etc without falling over. But even for those on legs, and standing on concrete slabs, I've found that the heat toasts grass nearby. I don't think it can be avoided.
                           
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                            Best burner I had years ago was an old galvanised cold water tank, not sure you can get them now, but they are almost indestructible.
                             
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                              I stand my incinerator on the gravel drive. I'm wondering whether you could create a tray of some sort and fill it with gravel.
                               
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                                Thanks :)

                                I believe that Amazon one I linked to is in fact a recycled oil drum (I presume they clean them, bash the dents out and then paint them) - it seems in the reviews that people get a bit huffy about it not being brand new, but to me it is a bonus as it is recycling. I read one review that suggested putting four up-ended building bricks in the bottom with a barbecue grill on top, and then that would allow air/ash room underneath for a less smoky burn, and that seems like a good idea. If the bricks can stand that sort of heat inside it, then I am thinking a stack of bricks (three maybe four courses high), underneath it, might at least minimise the damage to the grass.
                                 
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