Homemade Backyard Incinerator

Because combustion by-products are sources of air pollution, some cities, counties and municipalities prohibit backyard burning. Check the laws and ordinances where you live to make sure you can legally use a backyard incinerator, also called a burn barrel. Otherwise, your cost and time in building one may be wasteful, and you may also be subject to fines. Even if your barbeque grill or fire pit is legally allowed, a backyard incinerator may not be.

Barrel fire
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Burn barrels may be illegal in your area, so be sure to check local laws.

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Wade Shaddy

Specializing in hardwood furniture, trim carpentry, cabinets, home improvement and architectural millwork, Wade Shaddy has worked in homebuilding since 1972. Shaddy has also worked as a newspaper reporter and writer, and as a contributing writer for Bicycling Magazine. Shaddy began publishing in various magazines in 1992, and published a novel, “Dark Canyon,” in 2008.