How to Create Your Own Homemade Backyard Incinerator

It is important to dispose of your waste materials in an environmentally friendly way. And homemade backyard incinerators are a good solution for this problem, as they will allow you to do so with ease.

With homemade backyard incinerators, it is possible to use them for many different purposes such as deforestation and eradicating the disease-carrying insects that live there, or eradicating pest infestation from your home or garden.

This article will teach you how to create a homemade backyard incinerator at home using little more than a metal barrel and some heat source.

What is an incinerator

Homemade incinerator made out of a steel drum
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An incinerator is a device used to dispose of garbage via combustion, which allows for the sterilization of recyclable materials.

Incineration has the advantage over burial or landfill because it reduces the volume of waste by up to 95%.

It also leaves behind only a small amount of ash and tar, easily disposed of in dumpsites, or you can use it as fertilizer for your soil.

The homemade backyard incinerator is an excellent way of getting rid of all those old papers, plastic bottles, tin cans, and any other garbage.

How to create a homemade incinerator

There are many types of incinerators that you can buy from the market. But you’d be surprised how cheap and easy is it to make your own backyard incinerator.

They work very well and can be made at home for as little as $20 (or less).

You can make a homemade incinerator on your own with materials around the house, such as steel barrels.

One way is to use an old steel drum, like a 55-gallon drum or anything similar.

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You can find these drums at construction sites or junkyards. Most of these types of drums are made from good steel and can be used for many years.

You can ask them to give you one or you can go to the junkyard and buy your own drum.

What you need to create your own homemade backyard incinerator

You are going to need these tools to create your homemade incinerator:

  1. Circular saw
  2. Chisel
  3. Hammer
  4. Hand drill
  5. Chainsaw (optional)

How to assemble the backyard incinerator

This homemade backyard incinerator is made from a single steel drum standing vertically on its side.

You can see it as an open steel cylinder with both ends removed and one side bent outward in order for it to stand up straight.

These are the steps you need to do:

  1. Cut off the top of the barrel.
  2. Try to stay between the two reinforcing rips that encircle the drum, and use your imagination to cut off one side, so it works as a door.
  3. Cut off the bottom of the barrel.
  4. You will need a large screen or mesh to cover up the circumference of the barrel to allow water to drain out while burning materials inside.
  5. You also will need a steel plate. This steel plate needs a handle to be easily placed on and off the top of the burning barrel.
  6. Drill a bunch of holes around the top part of the barrel to allow gases to escape.
  7. And that’s it! Your homemade backyard incinerator is now complete.

You can now throw anything that you want to get rid of in the barrel. Light a fire, throw it in the incinerator and close it.

Keep safety precautions in mind

  1. Don’t forget to wear your gloves while making your homemade incinerator.
  2. Be aware of wearing safety glasses while cutting and designing your incinerator.
  3. Make sure to set a fire in it away from any combustible material.
  4. Make sure you have an adequate amount of water nearby to put out any fires that might accidentally spread.
  5. Wear a face mask. The homemade backyard incinerator will release dangerous gasses while it’s burning.
  6. Keep children away while you’re operating the incinerator.

The process of incinerating items in your backyard can be a fun and beneficial process that will allow you to dispose of your waste materials in an environmentally friendly way.

Aside from burning things you don’t need, you can also use it to incinerate pests or dead insects.

Tips on using the homemade incinerator

  1. When you’re done, carefully seal the incinerator so nothing can get in or out.
Backyard incinerators are a great way to dispose of garbage or any unneeded things
  1. If there are any ashes left over afterward, bury them in your garden to fertilize the soil.
  2. If you have a homemade incinerator indoors, ensure that the exhaust is vented and sent outside the house.

Important things to know about the homemade incinerator

Use your homemade backyard incinerators the right way, and don’t forget to check the legality of using the incinerator in your backyard.

There are some materials that may be illegal for you to incinerate, such as materials containing hazardous chemicals (i.e., paint or varnish) and any animal carcasses.

Make sure you always check with your local fire district before incinerating anything.

It’s important that you don’t try to use flammable liquids in homemade incinerators because they will cause a fire within the incinerator itself, which is not safe.

You should also not burn any garbage that can’t be completely burned up without leaving any ashes behind.

If your homemade backyard incinerator has an ash deposit at the bottom too big for you to deal with easily, it means you are burning things that should not be burned.

While burning the contents of a homemade backyard incinerator, make sure that there is no wind blowing towards you or any nearby people.

You also be aware of the surrounding area. The last thing you want is for something to catch on fire if some sparks shoot out from the homemade backyard incinerator.

And last but not least, keep the homemade incinerators out of the reach of children.

Another type of incinerator?

But what if you don’t have the tools that you need to make a homemade backyard incinerator? Or do you feel it’s too much of a hassle to DIY it, or you don’t have the right conditions to use this type of incinerator?

Then, keep reading.

Another type of incinerator that you can use to burn garbage in your own backyard is:

An incinerating trash compactor

It uses electric heat instead of burning the contents with an open flame.

It uses electricity to operate, and the most popular homemade incinerator uses an electric hot plate as the heat source.

They can be used where there isn’t a supply of wood for fuel.

These homemade incinerators can also be used where there might not be enough water supply since there is no need to douse the fire or stop it from burning too fast.

This homemade backyard incinerator design will cost little more than a conventional trash compactor and presents an opportunity to reduce one’s energy.

This homemade incinerator will require about two hours to construct.


More portable homemade incinerators can be designed to use wood (or any other source of heat) as fuel.

Homemade backyard incinerators like these require little more than a metal drum and a heat source like an electric hot plate or propane burner.

I hope this article offers you some insight into incineration and the advantages of homemade backyard incinerators.