This is my first instructable. here's the story behind it..:)I was in Ireland for the summer and to be honest we don't get a lot of sun so when a heat wave hit and temperatures soared to 30 degrees we nearly died( along with burnt). During this two weeks of heaven I decided I wanted a barbecue so I set about making one. I was going to make one out of an old oil drum but thought it would be cool to make it out of a beer keg. not only would a beer keg barbecue look cool it would also be an awesome story to tell and worked pretty well  as a BBQ and since I haven't a clue how to weld I wanted something that was easily constructible and could be taken apart and put back together.. I named this barbeque the BEERBECUE just encase your wondering, I just thought it was a good name.:) After the materials had been gathered it took me the weekend to build the whole thing.:)

Step 1: Safety

So because you will more than likely be using saws and drills safety is a must. I used a balaclava(couldn't find my mask), gloves, and goggles to protect myself from the sparks and sharp edges of the metal after it was cut. I cannot stress this enough safety is important. also watch the sparks trousers can be surprisingly flammable.                                      


<p>Here's mine. Cutting it was hard work, the flask part is thin and the dremel does it nicely, the hoops at the base and top are much thicker and give it rigidity, needed an angle grinder for those (I just took a picture with the hacksaw so I could look all like artisan)<br><br>It's well worth the time to put the elbow grease into polishing it as you can see.</p>
First time using an angle Grinder so was a lot of effort but turned out alright, used a salvaged trolley as a stand, minus wheels, wanted it compact. Still to add some kinda shelving but I'm to impatient and just wanna cook! <br>Thanks for the inspiration!
<p>Looks impressive man.! The angle grinders not easy to use looks unreal.! Only thing i would say is if thats part of the trolly as the grill be careful.! if its galvanised or coated ect it might not be safe. Sorry to put a downer on it.:) looks awsome bud.! love the trolley as a stand. Brings a really cool feel to the whole project.!</p>
<p>A man in Ireland wearing a balaclava. I like your style. </p>
<p>COOL!!! </p><p>TY for sharing.</p><p>IDEA: You speak constantly of filing down rough edges because of sharpness &amp; how it can &amp; will, cut you if not careful....</p><p>My idea is this...</p><p>Yes you should remove the sharp edges...If you have a drill &amp; a wire brush attachment, maybe that would be easier to use(and maybe faster/more efficient) to remove the burs/sharp edges...eh?</p><p>And for the discoloration, they have these &quot;flapper&quot; sanding things that go on a drill...would that not remove the discoloration?? or at the very least, make it blend in better?</p><p>if you're still looking for Stainless Steel, try dumpster diving...you'd be surprised what you can find in a dumpster. 8=P</p><p>TY Again for the awesome instructable. </p>
Hey congratulations on being a finalist in the weekend projects contest!
Great details for a no welding project. I built the other style of beer keg grill and used a meat thermometer that has a stem about 4 inches long and the dial face is about 2 inches in diameter. It registers to 400 deg. I just drilled a small hole in the top for the stem to sit in. I made my vent by cutting a 3&quot; x 3&quot; square hole and using the cutout part as a door I hinged it and made a handle from a eyebolt using a tab of metal and two jam nuts to hold the tab for closing and securing the vent door.
Really great job!!! Well done and thanks for thinking to share ;)
Great idea. I live in New Zealand and the Maori have been using these for decades to cook their traditional &quot;Hangi&quot;. Once old now new again. <br>
It's beggin' for grocery cart wheels, 2 or 4. Kudos on the build.
Look at any Weber kettle grill's adjustable upper vent. With some scrap sheet metal and a &quot;step&quot; drill that goes up to 5/8&quot; or 3/4&quot;, it shouldn't be too hard to make something like the Weber's on the flat ends of your keg. I would place one low (below the level of your charcoal grate) and one about as high as possible on each end of the keg. I'm very happy with a 3 inch &quot;River Country&quot; brand thermometer I bought from Amazon and installed on my basic Weber kettle that didn't come with a thermometer. This thermometer mounts in a single 3/8&quot; hole through the top of the kettle.
This is a great instructable and a cool project. It looks great! It definitely needs adjustable vents, but I'm not sure how I'd do it. Maybe a group of holes drilled in the bottom that could be either partially or fully covered by a small lid that conforms to the shape of the keg. The lid could be held in place by 3 or 4 magnets or maybe with a small hinge and some kind of screw or crank mechanism that adjusts how close the lid is to the vent holes. Top vent would be nice too, and the thermometer is a nice feature.
Thanks a million. The magnets sound like a good idea and ive been looking at a few options for the vents. I will post pictures as soon as I figure something out.:)
If the vent goes on the bottom, or somewhere else where it won't catch the full brunt of the surplus heat, magnets may be the ideal solution, but heat does kill magnets. (Neo.s, for ex., get about 50% weak above around 100C (215F). They can recover from that, once cooled, but are permanently trashed by temp.s beyond about 174C (345F).)<br> <br> The only way to REALLY tell how they'd hold up, of course, is to try 'em out but, as a starting point for guess'timations, here's WAY too much info on the subject:<br> <br> http://www.kjmagnetics.com/blog.asp?p=temperature-and-neodymium-magnets
&quot;Taste&quot;-fully done, and a GREAT name!<br> <br> However, we've now seen so many ways to convert a beer keg or fifty-five-gallon drum into a grill that, to REALLY impress us, SOMEbody, SOMEday, is gonna hafta go the OTHER way.<br> <br> ...jus' sayin'....<br> <br> Also, don't the beautifully-reinforced-looking remains of that tap-hole practically cry-out for some sort of rotisserie attachment?
Very cool! <br> <br>Shouldn't have copped to running out of Stainless Steel though. Just say the part to the left of the grill is for hanging deep pans! You know, like the SS pans that have like 3&quot; sides? One should hang in there just fine. Maybe put in another support for it to hang on to make the hole smaller?
For a way to mount a temp gauge is drill a hole. I don't know the name but there is a tube thing-a-ma-jig you can bolt in and it's a tube and you stick a metal thermometer thru it and you can get an air temp reading. Good luck. I have a very patient hardware guy who asks when I walk thru the door &quot;now what do I have to find?&quot;. And yes a vent works to control heat. drill holes and make a rotating cover that hooks onto a bolt sticking out to adjust heat. I don't know it magnets hold up to heat well
Nice job, to &quot;fix&quot; the discoloration you can pick up some of the rattlecan grill paint
Good job, I like the stainless steel construction without welding. I think many people don't use stainless because the feel they need welding tools and skills.
very well done !!!
Thank you :)
Keg BBQ &ndash; celebrated in rainy Dublin since 2006 &ndash; http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0091009/photos/c_ono_r/133063909/ <br> <br>Your keg looks fabulous.
Thanks a million.
This is a good instructable but I would like to offer a few pointers having made loads of these over the years from all sort of drums: <br>a) using a beer keg is fine as long as you own it. What I mean is like pallets and gas cylinders they do actaully belong to the company who fill them unless they have given you the rights to use it. If you look carefully at a keg you will find it digially marked in several places including inside! <br>b) you will find it works a whole lot better if you have some air holes in the bottom and top. Even better if you can vary the air flow. <br>c) lighting tip: fill the bottom with srunched up newspaper ball, then put your charcoal rack on top with the charcoal. Light from the bottom through your air holes and let it heat through until all the coals are white/grey and there are no flames, then start BBQing. Dont start before then as you will get burnt food. <br>I regularly BBQ for several hundred people on a 50 gallon drum, never have burnt food.

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