Coffee Can Grill

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When grilling just a couple of burgers, hotdogs, sausages, ... it seems overkill to haul out the big grill. I wanted a more portable, compact, efficient hibachi-like grill. I got the idea to make a grill out of a can when I saw plans for making a soup can grill. (I can no longer find the article, but thanks to that author for the inspiration.) This little grill is tough, cooks fast, and economical.
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Step 1: Parts

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Parts list:
* 1 coffee can
* 1 stainless steel cooling rack (about $6)
* 4 long bolts with wing nuts (about $2)
* 4 short bolts with nuts (about $1)
* Few inches of utility wire (scrap will do)

Regular nuts can be used instead of wing nuts, but the wing nuts allow the legs to be detached for more compact transport.

Step 2: Tools

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* Dremel with cut-off discs for cutting the can in half and cutting the cooling grate into appropriate sized sections. (If you don't have a Dremel, get one! This is one of the handiest tools to have.) Several discs will be needed. Maybe a fine-toothed hacksaw would do (?)
* Screwdriver and pliers
* Wire cutters
* Sharpie
* Clamp to hold can halves together while sizing and cutting
* Emery cloth or similar sandpaper to sand away sharp spots

Step 3: Cut the can in half

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Use a flexible ruler to draw a line marking the can in halves. Do your best to make the line as close to the halfway point all around. It will help to mark a center point on one end of the can. There are lots of ways to do this - here's an instructable to help. Use the Dremel to cut the can in half.
Would there be a difference without the fire grate?
que pasa (author)  Improvisation1 year ago
Without the fire grate, the bottom of the coals will not ignite, and the coals will not produce as much heat. I think it grilling sans fire grate would still be OK.
neo716651 year ago