So in the last blog, we looked at how to make a chair out of our 45 Gallon Drums, now we’re going to show you how you can turn your Steel Drum into a BBQ!
Photo Taken From: Stephen Bacon
- 45 Gallon Drum
- Masking Tape
- Cut-Off tool
- Angle Grinder
- Stick Welder
- Angle Iron
- Expanded Mesh Metal
- Metal Rod
- 1/2″ Steel box Tube
- 2 Heavy-Duty hinges
- Steel Reinforcement Plates
- 2 X 1″ Rods
Step 1: Buy a 45 Gallon Drum from here!
Step 2: Rather than cutting the barrel in half, using masking tape & a spirit level, set lines ready to cut (as above image).
Step 3: Then using cut-off tool, cut down the side of the tape. This piece is going to be the lid. Once cut out, light a fire inside the drum to burn out any harmful substances. Once cool, dump the ashes and hose inside.
Step 4: Then take some angle iron and weld a rectangle shape and then weld into place. This is going to be the rest for the grill.
Step 5: Find good mesh that can be used as grill surface (preferably heavy gauge metal) and where edges are flattened.
Step 6: Take 2 lengths of 1/2″ box tube and make relief cuts every 2 inches so it can bend into the shape of the barrel. Then bend it around the barrel.
Step 7: Once you have your desired shape. Weld cuts smooth with a 70amp stick welder. This creates a sturdy cradle for attaching the legs.
Step 8: Weld half moon shapes to the ends of the barrel. They should make a nice and snug fit.
Step 9: Attach hinges to the barrel and the lid and reinforce it with steel plates with steel plates on the inside (for long-lasting, and sturdy hinge).
Step 10: Determime how high you want your BBQ (usually around 3ft). Accordingly, cut 2 X 1″ square tubing into legs. Cut relief marks about 6″ down the legs so can bend them outwards for greater stability.
Step 11: Weld the legs on, and you should now have a complete BBQ made out of a 45 Gallon Drum!
Additional bits: To fully complete your BBQ, you can add a handle, vents and a hole on the bottom.
If you have turned an amazing idea into a creation, we’d love to see! Send in your pictures too our Facebook Page ( 45 Gallon Drums), our Instagram (@45_Gallon_Drums) or email them to us via Ben@45GallonDrums.com for the chance to be featured!
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