What’s concrete without steel? Visiting my local metal supply paid off. They had everything I wanted and more, LOL.
The grill and smoker door I cut to size after making the frames. The top pieces for the grill and the chimney hood were cut to size from the kind folks at my local metal supply. I found someone to bend the chimney hood through my metal supply as well.
My friend next door had some nice 8″ tile just the right color, why not use those to finish the top of the smoker with hmm? Makes a real nice surface to put a plate on :)
I bought my stainless steel spring handles and my weld-on hinges on-line.
Everything else came from the hardware store.
Car jacks and a steel drum? They are cheap, plentiful and I get to do a little recycling.
Two car scissor jacks and one clean used 55 gal drum. Some flat thin metal welded to the top and bottom of the jacks for more stability. The drum cut to size with a Sawzall for fire baskets.
I raise and lower my fire baskets as needed. Has been useful.
Grilling Racks: 3/4″ square tubing and some expanded metal. 1/8″ steel rod for small handles.
I made the top frame to include the hangers for my racks.
I wanted two levels and I wanted them to slide back and forth as well. I can have to different fires going and also have the option at which level.
Knowing that I would want to cook most anything (even hotdogs without having to start a fire) I found a guy online that described how to construct a pipe burner in full detail.
Back to the metal supply, I went for some 1 1/4″ black pipe. (Here’s a link showing how to make a pipe burner.)
With a visit to a local use appliance joint, I picked up two racks for free! Little farther down the road to another used joint and got two more racks for 5 bucks.
I welded them together to make one large rack each. I also had to weld up some small flat metal to make them fit my needs for width.
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