How To Find Used Tractor Rims for a Fire Pit? Anywhere!

two used tractor rims that can be used as fire pits just sitting abandoned in the woods

A fire pit is an excellent addition to anyone’s yard – it allows you to enjoy the outdoors in a warm, festive environment while relaxing with friends and loved ones. Using a tractor rim is one of the most practical and less costly materials for anyone DIY enthusiast to use as a pit base. However, a good, used rim can be challenging to find.

You should know what you’re looking for to find the right rim. After deciding on pit style and size, do some price research and check the junkyards in your area. Consider a few online resources like Craigslist and eBay as well. Examine all of your options, then negotiate the best price.

While a fire pit can be made from many materials, a tractor rim can be used to create different, unique, and creative concepts that suit your home. This article provides a step-by-step guide to finding the best used tractor tires available for a fire pit, no matter where you live.

Roasting marshmallows on a stick over a tractor rim style fire pit

1. Know What You’re Looking For

A fire pit comes in many sizes, shapes, and styles. Some are more suitable than others for certain areas of your yard and/or weather conditions. 

To choose the style of the pit and size tractor rim, you’ll be using; you need to decide where you want it placed first. 

There are many different styles a tractor’s rim can be made into for a fire pit – this is your chance to let creativity shine! Just as there are many different types of outdoor fire pits. Remember, you’ll need to determine what style best matches your home’s exterior and what weather conditions your area experiences most often throughout the year.

The rim size will also largely depend on how big you want your fire pit to be and the space you have available. Also, you’ll need to decide if you’d like it to be permanently built into the ground or portable. 

Knowing what you’re looking for is essential before you begin shopping around. The last thing you’ll want is to be indecisive. Select a specific style and rim size and stick to it to get the best result for your new fire pit.

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2. Price Check Online

With the internet so readily available and so many price check sites, it’s easier to find great deals on everything. Many people love a good deal and are willing to do their homework to save a little extra money. In the case of tractor rims, that means browsing around online before making a purchase.

Whether you’re about to visit the local junkyard or make a purchase online, you should always research how much the used tractor rim should be going for to get the best price possible. 

3. Visit Your Local Junkyard

Consider shopping at your local junkyard first – you may be surprised by what you discover there. Search for your area’s junkyard using Google or Facebook as a starting point.

Junkyards are the perfect place to start looking for used tractor rims. With so many tractors in operation, you may be surprised how many are abandoned when they stop working. Junkyards will often sell off the parts of these tractors for next to nothing

While many people have complained about how hard they can be to find, most yards with old tractors and trucks on the property will have a wide array of rims in stock. If you’re lucky, you can find a variety of different styles and sizes, as well.

The junkyard will likely be one of the most affordable options when searching for the perfect tractor rim for your pit. But it will also be the most time-intensive as it takes a few hours to sift through the ‘junk’ to find the perfect rim that suits your desired style.

4. Check Online Sites

Online shopping for your used tractor rim will likely be the least time-intensive endeavor of this sourcing process. You’re also not limited to your local area – you can easily arrange for the rim to be delivered from all over the country. 

The best thing about shopping for used rims online is that you can access all kinds of sites and compare prices simultaneously.

eBay is an excellent place to find all sorts of things. If you’re looking for used tractor rims for your fire pit, it’s definitely worth checking out eBay. Not only are the listings easy to navigate, but there’s also an option to sort by price and region to see what’s available in your area.

Craigslist is another option that can be fruitful if you have time to look through many postings. Some tractor rims sell for next to nothing, and there’s an abundance of ads. You should know that some people will buy these rims and then sell them again, so listings may have a higher asking price.

While used tractor rims can be a great way to repurpose old farm equipment, it’s essential to ensure you can trust the seller. Buyers should look for sellers with a lot of history on eBay and Craigslist.

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5. Negotiate for the Best Deal

Negotiating for a reasonable price is one of the best skills you can learn. The ability to negotiate is valuable for the business world and helpful when buying items from individuals from online sites and in person. 

It is essential to know what you are willing to pay for an item before you walk into a negotiation, especially if you are trying to haggle for a lower price with the infamous junkyard dealer. If you know exactly what you are willing to pay for an item, you can stand your ground when it comes time to haggle over the price.

Remember that asking for a lower price during negotiations is not rude. Asking questions and requesting clarification allows everyone involved in the transaction to work out their differences and come up with a solution they can all agree on.

Teenage girl wearing beanie hat eating marshmallow on a stick roasted over the tractor rim fire pit campfire

4 Additional Ways To Find Used Tractor Rims For Sale That You Can Use As Fire Pits!

  1. Check classified ads in your local newspaper or online classified websites in your area. You may be able to find someone selling tractor rims in your area.
  2. Check the Facebook Marketplace. Often you can find great deals and unique things there. So why not run a quick search for used tractor rims?
  3. Do you live close to farms or have a few within driving distance, why not visit a few of them? Or better yet, call them ahead of time and ask if they’d be willing to sell you one or two used tractor rims.
  4. We already mentioned ‘junkyards,’ but try searching by other names, such as ‘salvage yards’ or ‘scrap yards’ in your area that specialize in tractor parts. You may be surprised to uncover yet other spots! These places often have a selection of used tractor rims that you can purchase.

Final Thoughts

Finding the perfect tractor rim for your fire pit requires a little preparation before you rush out and buy the first rim you lay your eyes on. You should know your needs and the average price of a used rim first. 

While the junkyard may be a great place to start, it is the more time-intensive option. Alternatively, you could check out a few online sites like eBay and Craigslist. 

Remember – don’t underestimate the power of negotiation.

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