If you are a traditional barbecue connoisseur like me, then this is your grill. Don't you love that smooth smoky flavor charcoal lends to all your grilled foods? To make sure you have a grill that can handle the heavy season of barbecue parties and get-togethers you're planning, let's talk a little bit about pulling this project together.
This is a do-it-yourself welding project that won't cost a fortune to build. And, with the right equipment this project requires only one person with little to no welding experience. A great start for the metal working hobbyist. If you've never welded before, just practice for an hour or so on scrap metal.
To get started, I walked down to my workshop, eyed my trusty Lincoln Electric® AC-225 stick welder, saw my tool box and smiled as the light bulb flashed above my head. A large Texas grill, just like the one's you see on TV was what I needed for a season of fun filled barbecues. It wouldn’t require much – just an empty liquid barrel (be sure it has not contained any flammable or harmful chemicals), some pieces of angle iron, a grill of some sort, and maybe a couple of added touches.
You can see from the list of materials, tools you'll need and the all important safety equipment below – the trouble of where and how to get started on this great project has been done for you.
Once home, I prepared my tools. To complete this project the way I wanted, I knew just what I needed, although there are a number of variations that I could have used.
Long sleeve cotton shirt – don’t wear polyester!
Welding helmet or face shield
Lincoln Electric® AC-225 Stick Welder
Jig Saw or Sabre Saw
Harris® Port-a-Torch (oxy-acetylene cutter)
Framing / Carpenter Square
A small fan to move fumes out of the garage
*This project has been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.