There was this old cowboy staying next to me in a campground once. He was in an old camper and loved to cook over a fire. He had spent a lot of time in Mexico and said that the Mexicans had shown him an awesome way to get a portable fire pit. They would take the drum out of an old washing machine and use that. It's ceramic coated steel and already has tiny holes all around it. You can flip it over and dump the coals out when your done (Please make sure they're "dead out before you leave". the steel cools quickly and will last forever as long as you flip it over and don't let rain get into the ashes which turns it acidic. A grill fits neatly over the top and it's perfect for cooking on after a couple of fires in it burn off the soap residue. We got a couple at the dump and in a few minutes with axe and wrench had the drums out.