Introduction: Very Manly Beer Keg Welding Helmet

Like I said many times before: beer is a great source of inspiration to me.

So instead of throwing away those nice empty beer kegs, I just keep on piling them in my workshop - our living room is full, and there's a kind of 'wife imposed veto' in the sleeping area - in the hope that one day I would have a great idea for it.

Past week I had to weld some stuff, and since I loaned my high-tech welding mask to a friend I decided to upgrade a pair of welding goggles to a real mask.

With a beer keg!

Want a very funny & easy project?

Here's one, enjoy!

Want more beer projects? You'll find it here!

Step 1: Empty That Keg!

Quite obvious, and what a great excuse to boose!

Note: it works with other brands also - this one is just to please the overseas members ;)

If it's Heineken: no need to drink it, just cut it right away. And prepare yourself on a beer shower.

Step 2: Dismantle

Use an angle cutter to cut the keg in two pieces the way I did, and throw nothing away.

I wanted it to look as natural as possible, so I kept the plastic hardware of the outside in place - less labour, more awesomeness.

Exit the rubbish from the inside.

Anyone who knows what's that black cat-litter-like stuff that I found in the white canister? Is it smokeable? Kiddiiiiiiiing!

Step 3: Clean It Up

Those edges are razorsharp, so take some time to hammer them correctly.

And also, plying the edges makes it all a lot stronger. Before it was like wobwobwob, now it's ... let's say different, but stronger.

Step 4: Reconfigurate

Pictures say a lot more than words.

To resume: the one goes into the other, and nice rivets keep this marriage tight. Riveted from the inside to the outside. Also obvious, but real crafmanship lies in the detail. Even when it's just a beer keg mod.

Bend the keg bottom backwards so that it will stay nicely in place when you lever the helmet to see what you've done - welders do this, often.

Step 5: Insert Goggles

Cut down a pair of cheap welding goggles (mine costed only 5 bucks - just be sure they're appropriate for the type of welding you have to do) & put them on your nose.

You only have one big rectangular screen? Go for one big rectangular screen! More visibility, less awesomeness.

Put then the helmet on your head & bend forward. The goggles will fall into the mask and it's up to you to keep them in place because thàt's where they need to be. Mark the contours, find the center & use a clock drill to make two nice holes in the front of the helmet.

If you find a better way: go ahead. This worked perfectly for me.

Rivet them - don't forget the washers - and voilà: you've got a real beer keg welding helmet!

Dirty & effective, yeah!

Step 6: Go Welding Some Stuff

Or scare your neighbours.

Enjoy - you'll be suprised how comfortable it is, really!

Sidenotes:

It would be cool if this helmet would become the standard headgear for the Belgian Special Forces - yes we have those, I think. Just don't ask me what makes them so special.

They would use another - more local - brand, naturally. Jupiler Tauro would be nice. Jupiler Tauro is yummie.

I mentioned the name, TWICE, so where's my free keg?

And with a flame thrower in the existing pump system.

Or tear gas. Our police forces like that. Especially when they're face to innocent demonstrators.

Gonna have to start some lobbying.

Or not.

Comments

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gavinh6 (author)2015-10-18

Awsome job love to make one myself. Looks awsome and for some reson reminds me of mad max

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RuudvandeLooij (author)2014-07-24

Thank you for your wise words on the Heineken beer. Although I think it's better to drink it after you finished another keg, then you don't taste it anymore. But don't spill beer, not even Heineken.

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Ow, and this weekend I'm going to search for an old welding helmet and some other parts to make my own version. I don't have a welder of my own to use it with because I don't have the space nor money (poor student), but such a helmet is definitely an improvement to my book case mini maker museum thingy.

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zz383mero (author)2014-06-09

I can see this as part of a Steampunk Cosplay.

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bricobart (author)zz383mero2014-06-20

Looking forward to your version, and don't forget to post some pics!

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Bhawya (author)2014-06-04

Great!

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bricobart (author)Bhawya2014-06-20

Thank you!

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vladivastok (author)2014-06-01

LOVE IT. ' HEY' 'LETS DRINK' TKANK,S [VLAD]

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bricobart (author)vladivastok2014-06-20

Glad you like it, thanx!

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akiloverbatim (author)2014-05-29

another awesome ible! do they put cantillon or any of the trappistes in mini kegs!? that desparados is harsh nasty stuff. but cheap and keeps with the theme. 'Drink and Tink' is my new motto. Cheers mate.

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bricobart (author)akiloverbatim2014-05-30

Too bad they don't ;) But opening a trappist bottle & serving that beer makes part of the ritual & tradition, also. Besides that I agree, that 'despe' is more than a soda than a beer - good for summer bbq's & to make welding masks ;) Cheers!

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Tarun Upadhyaya (author)2014-05-24

"beer is a great source of inspiration to me too." even though it interferes with my flat belly inspiration quite some time... LOL

Great project dear friend :). It would accompany your viking boomerang, I hear they return back targeting the head LOL

Remember? "Inspiration is omnipresent" :)

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I should have made the helmet BEFORE the boomerang ;)

Thanx for your comment my friend, so when do you start welding? ;)

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Welding ..not anytime soon..but I am going to buy a beer keg ;)

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That's a great idea on a sunday! Do you have some good local brands?

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Here they are, it has some local ones too.

http://www.gqindia.com/content/14-best-beers-india

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Oh my friend! I wish we could taste some real beers together, because the whole list is a bunch of highly commercialized liquids! I'm sure you have a few local brands that are a lot better then each of these - unless the fact there are 3 belgians among them ;) When are you coming over here? ;)

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Oh...there are local brands but here in India beer is not brewed much locally. I too wish we can taste some real beer together. I real want to travel the world, as soon as I make my first move, I will let you know that I am coming ;)

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That's great! Starting with belgium isn't a bad idea - from that place on it'll only get better ;)

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Wow... tell me which ones ;)

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ch5 (author)2014-05-26

Nice idea!

Those kegs also make good beginner aluminium foundries/gas forges combos once lined with refractory cement .

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bricobart (author)ch52014-05-28

Great! Did you make one by yourself?

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ch5 (author)bricobart2014-05-29

Yes, was my first step to get into both these areas of metalworking without too much investement and on a small scale.

It had one hole on the side, leading inside the heating space.

You could either use it upwards and stick a propane burner in the side hole to use as a foundry, or lay it on the side , add a small grill/tray and use it as a forge.

The forge could be operated either on propane or on charcoal, in the second case the side hole was used to pump air in with an old hair dryer.It was further diffused throughout the space by a perforated sheet of metal set across the opening.

It was a nice project, and quickly teached what would or would not be necessary to take it to the next level :)

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bricobart (author)ch52014-05-30

My actual 'forge' is based on the same concept, but with an old kitchen pan (heavier sides) instead of a beer keg. Basic, but useful for what I have to do ;)

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mikeasaurus (author)2014-05-25

Excellent stuff! I want one.

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bricobart (author)mikeasaurus2014-05-25

One thing to do: DRINK before you TINK!

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guitaristmatt (author)2014-05-25

Maybe the black sand was charcoal. Like a small filtration system for the tap inside the keg? Either way nice work and very amusing :-)

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bricobart (author)guitaristmatt2014-05-25

Thanx, it looks like charcoal! I'll set it on fire and grab a few saucages to see if it also behaves like charcoal ;)

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Scumm7 (author)2014-05-25

That's great! It could be used as part of a costume, as well. Thanks for sharing!

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bricobart (author)Scumm72014-05-25

You're welcome! Lookin' forward to see that costume!

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Quadrat (author)2014-05-25

some thermal isolation wuld be nice

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bricobart (author)Quadrat2014-05-25

Clever idea - until now I only got my nose to keep the heat away from the rest of my face...

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PhilTee (author)2014-05-24

Ha ha! Love this! I need a welding mask. I now have a ready made excuse to go buy a keg!
"But honey, think of all the money we'll be saving..."

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bricobart (author)PhilTee2014-05-24

The tricky thing is that you need to drink all that beer BEFORE you can start working! That needs some good experience! ;)

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kenbob (author)2014-05-24

lol! this is just so wrong. I love it:)

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bricobart (author)kenbob2014-05-24

Wrong?! This?! Naaaaaaaa!!! ;)

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