Bored of the same old standard BBQ? Why not be more practical and recreate an old gallon drum into a BBQ that you can enjoy over the summer months and cook up your favourite food to enjoy with family and friends.
Here’s how to create your own with just simple tools and materials you can find around the house without having to folk out lots of money….
- Old oil drum
- BBQ paint
- Steel hinges
- Dowel for handle
- Air vents
- Old chain link fence posts (for legs)
- BBQ temperature dial
- Steel mesh for grill
- Nuts and bolts for hinges and frame
- Spray painting mask
BBQ barrel tools:
- Angle grinder including a range of discs
- Welder with all necessary safety equipment
- Tape measure
- Engineers square
STEP 1: MEASURE YOUR BARREL TO DECIDE HOW HIGH YOU WANT IT TO BE.
This will give you an idea of how high your BBQ will be to ensure you will have the perfect height without having to hunch over it.
STEP 2: CLEAN OUT THE INSIDE OF THE BARREL.
This step is VERY important! you need to ensure you are working witha fully clean barrel and free from any old residue, give the inside a thorough clean ahead of starting your day project, ideally only use barrels which have stored food, as barrels that have stored hazardous liquids/solids would be flammable and problematic. Don’twant to be burning them sausages, do you?
Once you have cleaned out your barrel, next using an angle grinder cut the desired opening for your new BBQ.
STEP 3: MAKE A STAND FOR YOUR BARREL BBQ.
Time to get some legs on, this is for the barrel to rest on using any legs or stands lazing around your DIY cupboard or garage.
If you want your BBQ to be portable you can cut the posts to be a couple of lengths, two for the length of the barrel and an extra four steel legs to act as a stand, Two of the posts will act to hold the barrel and the other four legs will need to be attached to the barrel by drilling a couple of holes in either end of the barrel.
STEP 4: ADD YOUR NEW BBQ BARREL LID AND GRILL
Of course, now we need a lid, so to make sure your lid is safe and doesn’t fall inside your BBQ and ruin your burgers, you will need to attach a couple of brackets to hold the grills and secure the lid.
Also, you need to add in lower rock to hold your BBQ coals to help circulate the BBQ.
(Use stainless steel brackets and hinges to ensure when you light the BBQ they stay in good condition)
STEP 5: GET LIGHTING UP YOUR NEW BBQ BARREL AND DO A QUICK BURN OFF.
For this step you need to burn of any old paint or coating that remains to make sure your mouth-watering meat doesn’tend up with old fumes or chemicals covering it. Unless fumes and chemicals on your hotdogs tickle your taste buds.
STEP 6: ADD SOME SPARKLE TO YOUR BBQ BARREL.
FINAL STEP, ADD SOME POLISH TO YOUR NEW BBQ BARREL, if you have it available in your DIY pile, add a handle using some dowel, as well as some air vents and a temperature gauge.
To give your brand-new BBQ a really creative look, spray your new BBQ barrel with a heat resistant paint – choose any colour you like just to add a little touch to your new BBQ. Not only does the paint makes your BBQ look snazzy but it will also help to keep the rust away from the inside and outside of the barrel.