Beer Keg Grill

Make your own grill from an old beer keg

Don’t have a barbecue in your backyard but want one? Of course, you can always buy one but if you’re looking for a conversation starter then DIY-ing is the way to go. And if you have access to out-of-service beer kegs, this is the DIY grill project for you!

The theme is quite obvious. Barbecued food pairs famously well with beer, after all. There’s something especially appealing about drinking a cold beer with a plate of brisket, ribs, pulled pork, and the collards or cornbread that accompany them.

Rocket Grill Finished Product

Now the first thing to be aware of when building a beer keg grill (or doing any project with beer kegs for that matter), is that you have to properly ask for an out-of-service unit from its owner. Beer kegs are part of breweries’ capital outlay and are very expensive, so it is illegal to get beer kegs without their permission. The breweries will decide if their beer kegs are good for scrapping and you will have to get a certification that proves the unit is no longer their property.

When you’ve finally acquired an out-of-service beer keg from your local brewery, the next thing to do is to make sure that the keg is depressurized. This is very important for your safety, especially since this project involves cutting the unit in half! If you do not know how this process is done, ask for help from someone who does.

Also be sure to wear proper, protective gear at all times.

Working with barrels/beer kegs is usually challenging, so it takes all the necessary precautions before actually doing the project.

For more step-by-step information on how you can turn a beer keg into this featured DIY grill, head over to the tutorial linked below!

You’ll need these materials:

  • Old Beer Keg
  • Heavy-duty Steel Door Hinge
  • Scrap Steel Stock
  • Scrap Aluminum Plate
  • Small Bolts and Washers (various)
  • Store-bought Grill Grate

And these tools:

  • Angle Grinder (with cutting wheel and bonded flexible abrasive wheel)
  • Drill
  • Manual Shear
  • Files (for deburring edges, shaping wood)
  • MIG Welder
  • Bandsaw
  • Welding Angle Magnets
  • Vice Grips Pliers

Thanks to ilpug for this great project. You can get step-by-step instructions here

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