There’s not a single food that is more amazing than steak cooked over an open fire. Pair it with a baked potato with all the toppings, fresh corn on the cobb, caesar salad and a glass of wine or a cooler. That’s my favorite meal of all time. Trying out different marinades and sauces to baste the meat with is always a fun experiment in flavor.
My grandpa made a really cool grill that was portable, adjustable, easy to clean and would swing away from the fire so that you could flip your food without singing any arm hair. Derek has lost his arm hair a few times while using the barbeque. I would smell that wonderful, enticing aroma of burning human hair and know that barbeque season had officially begun. He’d walk in with the cooked food acting all nonchalant like nothing had happened and I’d just walk up to him and rub his newly de-furred forearm and smile. This is why I love my husband. He never ceases to amaze me with being so unaware of my deductive reasoning skills after being together for so many years.
My brother has made a few of these grills before so I had him create one for us. We purchased the supplies and voila!
**You MUST purchase your barbeque replacement grill BEFORE you create this little beauty. The frame HAS to be made to fit the grill. Three bold words in that sentence which means pay-a-fucking-ttention.
Cost per Grill: $30 CAD + supplies (I lucked out because my husband works on vehicles, builds shit every weekend and is also #crowlife so we had everything except for the grill, which I purchased at Canadian Tire. Make sure you purchase an actual barbeque replacement grill.
- Grill – $30 – Canadian Tire
- 1″ angle iron
- 1″ flat bar
- 2 steel tubes that will fit over the shaft
- 2 bolts
- 2 chain link spacers
- Solid steel shaft with the bottom inch lathed to almost a point so that it’s easier to pound into the ground
- 1/4″ wide by 1″ long piece of steel
- Cut your 1″ angle iron to size. Make the shorter side edges 1/4″ longer than size of the grill to create a lip on the front side. The back piece is also cut from angle iron and when the back piece and 2 side pieces are welded together, they should fit the grill perfectly with no wiggle room.
- Cut the 1″ flat bar for the front piece to length and weld to the side pieces of angle iron to complete the frame.
- Put the grill in the frame and mark the edge of the grill on the front piece.
- Weld the thin piece of steel onto the middle of the flat bar where you’ve marked the grill edge. This is to hold the grill in place while you’re cooking to prevent the grill and all your delicious food from sliding off into the fire like a sacrifice to the camping gods. *If you’re tenting, they won’t give a fuck anyways because you are temporarily residing in the house of the devil*
- Weld each bolt onto one of the chain link spacers. This will create your set screw.
- Weld one of the tubes onto the centre of the backside of the frame and insert one of the set screws.
- Slide the remaining tube over the shaft and use your set screw to tighten the tube to set the grill at the height you need for whatever food you’re planning to cook. Make sure it’s tight!!!
- Slide the tube attached to the grill and frame over the shaft. Have your set screw loosely fastened in this tube. This allows you to swing the grill away from the fire to turn your food and then swing it back over the fire to resume cooking.
- When you’re heading home, just remove the grill and frame from the shaft. Remove the grill from the frame to clean and pack everything away.
Remember!!! It’s not the size of your grill…it’s the way you swing it!! ~C.Dolly