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I have a high ceiling and like to hang things overhead, out of the way.   In the kitchen, these overhead see-through fan housing baskets are ideal for keeping an eye on food products.

People throw away electric fans all the time.  I rescued these two fan housing halves from my neighbor's trash.  

You can make single baskets that hang with wire from an overhead hook, or you can hang multiple baskets in series, like this double basket design. 

Step 1: Materials

You will need the fan housing, some galvanized tie wire, a pair of pliers, and a hook made of 1/4 inch iron rebar, or some other suitable material. 

The wires are attached to the hook, and the four free ends dangle down to hold the baskets. 
I bend the rebar either with pliers, or with a 2-pin bending jig. 

Step 2: Attaching the Hook

I cut two pieces of wire about 10 ft. long and bent them in half to give me four wire ends hanging down.    I twisted about a foot of their length with the help of a vise and rod-like piece of metal. 

I then got the eye end of the twisted wire worked into the rebar hook and twisted it a few times around the hook.  This secures the hook so that you can hold the basket from underneath while placing the hook higher than you could normally reach.

Step 3: Hanging the Baskets From the Hook


If the lengths of your wires from hook to the top basket are the same, the basket will hang level.  If the wires between baskets are the same, the baskets will be parallel. 

Step 4: Other Hanging Fan Baskets

These are some other hanging fan baskets I have done.  They are single baskets with hooks. 
These fan housing are very good things! I don't understand why there are people that throw them to the waste! There are some that are chrome or nickel coated, they are good to use for grilling small portions.
I never thought of using one as a barbeque. Cool idea.
Please remember to burn off the powder coating as it has poisonas chemicals which will contaminate your favourite meat good idea
Mwfaniej, I made it clear that I was referring to those who are chrome or nickel coated. Anyway, thanks for the warning!
thats a great idea ! Ive used the shrouds for shallow hanging planters in the past but never considered this
Those look great, when my fan breaks down I'll now what to do with it!

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