Wood burners aren't exactly a necessity for every garden but they do have their uses.
If you need to burn a lot of stuff, or enjoy sitting in front of a fire, then they're perfect for you. However, there's one guy who's taking them to the next level by building custom burners in the style of the likes of Darth Vader, the Witch-King from Lord of the Rings, Batman, Predator and Optimus Prime.
Not only are they sick but they're also mesmirising. Credit: Supplied
Alex Dodson is the man with the plan. He's a former teacher who quit his job to pursue the wood burner game as a career, creating Burned by Design HQ, based in Barnsley in the north of England, to ship them to people around the globe.
He quit his job simply because of the realisation of the success he could make out of his skills. You really can't blame him.
"I've made hundreds. I ship them all over the world as far as Tasmania," Alex told LADbible. "I made my first one around three years ago and now I have an eight-week waiting list.
"Most of the designs are made from unused LPG cylinders. I cut them up with my grinder and plasma cutter and weld bits together."
And as complex as that actually sounds, from a DIY point of view, it's not too bad. Alex taught himself to weld by watching YouTube videos but, obviously, the hard bit is getting the designs spot on.
"It's mad, really. I'd have never have thought it [would happen like this]. I taught myself to weld watching YouTube," he said. "I design them all but I work on commission, so people send images of the characters they'd like making and if it's doable I'll give it a go.
"It takes around two to three days [to complete] if it's a new design, but I can smash a Batman out in about seven hours if I'm power welding."
He added: "I charge a little more for custom designs as they take me longer to figure out as I design as I go.
"I don't like to use templates so everything I make is slightly different from the last.
"Our Batman is £349 plus shipping. Everything is made to order and can be personalised in anyway."
And if you're into it, and fancy one of your own, he has a current price list:
- Vader UK £329
- Boba Fett UK £329
- Storm Trooper UK £349
- Ironman UK £329
- Batman UK £349
- R2D2 UK £390
- Witch King UK £329
- Spartan UK £299
- Predator UK £549
- Alien Xenomorph UK £899
- Dragon UK £549
- BB8 UK £859
- Death Star small UK £600
- Death Star 800 UK £1200
- Dive Helmet UK £440
- Optimus Prime UK £429
- Cyberman UK £349
- Samurai UK £499
- Custom Designs UK £450+
I want one.