The metal fire bucket is probably the oldest form of fire protection in the world. They are easy to use, no training is required, all you have to do is to grab it, fill it with water and throw it at the flames.
Fire bucket sand is another very common filling for this type of fire fighting equipment – sand is useful in many different ways- from stubbing out cigarette ends to covering oil spills.
However, there are actually lots of different things you can do with a metal fire bucket; all it takes is a little imagination.
- Let’s start at the very beginning- metal fire buckets were after all designed to be filled with water and used to dowse flames.
- Flamezorb is the most efficient method of spill control for the modern fire bucket and much easier than sand to clean up afterwards.
- Giant ash tray – in the days when people were permitted to smoke inside you would often see a metal fire bucket full of sand strategically placed as a giant ash tray. You may still find some in outdoor smoking areas.
- Planters – people like to use all sorts of things as unique planters these days and these fire buckets are the perfect size, don’t leak and can be painted and decorated to suit your style.
- Ice buckets – cast your mind back to before the “ice bucket challenge” invaded our lives – brrrr! A metal fire bucket is also perfect for filling with ice to keep your beer or wine cold on a sunny afternoon in the garden.
- Punch bowl – why not take item 5 one step further and add a few well chosen drinks directly to the ice in the fire bucket.
- Drum kit – keep your children amused for hours with an upturned metal bucket and a couple of chopsticks. Don’t forget your earplugs.
- Litter bin – it may seem like sacrilege to use something so grand for such a demeaning task but hey, you’ve got to put your litter somewhere.
- Fill it with fish – a fire bucket doesn’t make a good fish bowl but can be very handy as a place to keep your fish while you clean out a pond or tank – they are pretty water tight after all.
- Umbrella stand – the perfect receptacle to hold umbrellas and stop them from dripping water all over the floor.
Do you have an unused metal fire bucket or have perhaps found a unique and creative way of using one which we haven’t thought about? We’d love to hear about it.