The hobo, Americas last great nomad. Whether its jumping onto boxcars or strutting around city streets hobos have always been true wanderers, and what stereotypical image of a hobo would be complete without a shopping cart.

The average grocery store shopping cart is the perfect accessory for todays hobo on the go. It contains just the right amount of space for all of their possessions. The shopping cart has ample room for bottles/cans, dirty blankets (for those extra nippy nights on the streets), random treasures found while scavenging, and even enough room for relics from a broken former life; however, there comes a time in every hobos life, when they will ask, if this amazing creation called a shopping cart, is capable of more than just storage?"

Today, ladies and gentleman, I finally have an answer for them...

... allow me to present to you, the perfect modification for the perfect hobo accessory ...

The Hobobeque!

Forged from scavenged parts, in true hobo style, the Hobobeque provides a great alternative to those unfashionable 40 gallon drum fires. You'll be the most popular hobo on the street, strutting around with your new Hobobeque. You can use it to cook, provide warmth (replace those dirty old blankets, with FIRE!), or for self defense (teach that other hobo trying to move into your alley a lesson by rolling a flaming shopping cart at him, I'm sure he wont be back), yes the Hobobeque does it all!

So ladies, gentlemen, bums, tramps, and (most importantly) hobos, allow me to take you on a journey through the process of building this amazing device. Many of us will laugh a little, some of us may cry a little, and some others may even die little (does that count as a disclaimer?).

Step 1: Acquiring a Shopping Cart (and Other Supplies)

Shopping cart:

So the first challenge we are faced with is deciding where to find a shopping cart. Many of you will initially be tempted to steal it from a chain store like Stop and Shop or Walgreens because you think "Hey, they're a big faceless corporation, they can afford it". Well smartass, not only is stealing from a large company wrong, its also illegal.

Stealing from a large company like that is wrong because the shopping cart will contain none of the hobo freshness. Thats right, for my Hobobeques I use nothing but the freshest shopping carts plucked from actual homeless people, and construct them within 48 hours, to seal in that authentic hobo flavor.

Grill surface & sheet metal:

The actual cooking surface is not made from the shopping cart, and you will be required to hunt for a grill elsewhere. You're looking for a metal grill that roughly fits the shape and size of the top of your particular shopping cart. In authentic scavenger style I was able to find a perfect sized grill near an old 40 gallon drum barbecue, discarded on the side of the road.

A piece of sheet metal is also needed to prevent the coals from falling through the grills when they burn. I was lucky enough to find some behind a shipping container, but sheet metal shouldn't be too hard to come by. If you must, you can probably find some large metal object being disposed of that you could scrap.

Welder & other tools:

A welder (MIG, TIG, or Oxyacetylene it doesn't really matter) is required to attach the grill and sheet metal to the cart. If you don't own or have access to a welder this project shouldn't be too hard to complete using a less cool method of joining metal.

Various other metal working tools are also required like snips strong enough to cut through the shopping cart metal, or wrenches and pliers to bend the metal, etc.

<p>great idea....</p>
<p>Awesome creativity.......</p>
<p>Awesome one</p>
Incredibly Awesome
<p>Pretty funny idea. </p>
<p>You are just GREAT and stuff like that, and SO ON!!!,</p>
<p>hehe good way to use the shop trolley :)</p>
<p>The trolleys in the UK have brakes on the wheels, so i'll have to do this in the local Tesco carpark, i guess it's the perfect place really.</p>
<p>lovely thing</p>
<p>Woww.... are you selling one of those </p>
<p>I want that too.</p>
<p>I would buy one! Haha! Creative idea!</p>
<p>Excellent, i'll go and ask my local waitrose and see if they'll let me borrow one of their trolleys.</p>
<p>i love with your job</p>
<p>great one.</p>
<p>very nice work.</p>
<p>Nice one</p>
<p>nice technique.</p>
<p>very nice share</p>
<p>nice technique</p>
<p>loving thiss</p>
<p>Amazing Hobo.</p><p>Thanks to author for this useful information!</p>
<p>nice pics my dear friend $$$$$$$$</p>
<p>nice concept </p>
<p>this is incredible!</p>
<p>great wlkthrough</p>
<p>awesome stuff</p>
<p>Man the lead up was so great...only to find an &quot;error loading file&quot;...bummer.</p>
LOL. I do luvs my fire. I would like to thank those hairy, hunchbacked men, millions of years ago, for this wonderful discovery. But I do has a question for you. What is fire, in terms of matter? Solid? Liquid? Gas? Plasma? I do have my bets placed on gas ...
i have no clue, but i've always wondered it. why not wiki it?
it is a combonation of heat and light. interesting.
Yes, but what state of matter? <_<; Everything is classified into a state of matter.
im pretty sure it is classified as energy. i just finished a topic about states of matter and stuff at school, and my science teacher agreed with me that it is energy. (i was in the top 1% of science students in year 7 across australia :) . i was also the topyear 7 at my school for english and i did not put a capital letter in :( lol ) but back to the topic. w00ty32, you are right. it is a combination of heat and light, and they are both forms of energy
It depends on what is burning and the air/fuel ratio, but fire is heat, light and other radiative energy, combined with gases, water vapor and particulate matter. Without all that added stuff (say, a perfectly stoichiometric mixture of pure oxygen and pure hydrogen), the fire would be gone in a flash.
It is gas that is heated so much that it gives off light.
One of my uncles (who is a brain surgeon, randomly) told me that fire was just pure energy released from whatever was burning, say, wood
I KNEW THAT SHOPPING MALL WAS ALAMEDA! Jeese you guys. Alameda has no tolerance for that stuff.
The firetruck says Alameda on it too >.<
Well, it is in Alameda...
wen you heared the sirens you should have casualy started pushing the flaming shopping cart down the street just to see if the fire department would follow the trail of smoke
but there was food on it!
There are also wheels on it...
Regarding finding a cart.... I took an Amtrak from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA and along the way the tracks went through a valley that was probably 100-150 ft below the 'cliff' above, which was an urban center strip mall. Well....<br><br>There were literally hundreds of carts along the railroad rockbed, some of where were arranged into creative sculptures assumingly by urban wanderers.<br><br>These carts looked to be older models, maybe ten or more years old, discarded, lost, an urban graveyard. some were rusted but others looked to be in good shape. <br><br>I think the strip mall just kept ordering new carts instead of looking around to see the carts had been pushed down below....<br><br>Ok i'm getting to my point here. Just be adventuresome, and look for strip malls that meet this criteria- they are near and above train tracks, byways, creeks, etc. These places seem to collect abandoned urban remnants<br><br>
...I don't get it. That was genius!&nbsp;Why did they firecan your a$$? You should come to NZ - here the firemans would've asked for a hotdog and gone home laughing.<br />
I agree, in australia they would've had a sausage and then had a good laugh. But the CFA round here is mostly volunteers... Thats the difference.<br />
incidentally, did you feed any actual hobos with your hobo-be-que?<br />
Very inventive. You should invite a few homeless people to eat for good karma.Keep up the good ideas.

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