Introduction: Make Your Own EBq BBQ Grill Out of an Altoids Box

For those of you who know me you know that I am just fascinated by building things inside of an altoids tin, but this tiny BBQ dubbed the eBq takes the cake. This tiny little BBQ that you can use to cook up your breakfast sausage features:

Built in Striker
Removable Grill
Utensil Holder
Equipment Holder
Just remember to let it cool off before you put it back into your pocket or else you will feel a nasty burn in your pants

To use the grill, open the lid and take out the grill. If you notice anything about the grill, you will see dice welded onto it. The dice will be branded onto your food whether it is vegetables, or meat. When the grill is removed, take a cube of charcoal and crumble it in. Make sure not to make a mess when putting the charcoal in. Put the grill back on, close the lid, then pour lighter fluid in and light it up. Start grilling on the new eBqBBQ GRILL.Wouldn't it be great if you imagined your boss coming in and say'n, "hey, i smell smoke" then you sayin, "oh don't worry about it, its just me bbq'n in my office!"

Step 1: Materials:

What you will need:
1 Altoids tin case with a lid that has no embrossings, or engraved text. It should be flat.
1 Xacto knife
1 coat hanger
1 pair of needle nose pliers
1 pair of regular flat head pliers
sand paper ranging from 100 grit to 2000 grit( for maximum style and performance)

Step 2: Making the Lid:

Get your knife and cut the lid where you see the black line so it should look like this:

Step 3: Making the Removable Grill:

Take a coat hanger and cut the hook of of it then bend the hanger with the two pliers so it should look like this. You want to make the grill act like a "spring" so when you put the grill in place, it won't come out unless you squeeze the ends of the grill together. Make sure that the coat hanger fits snugly into the Altids box.

Step 4: Putting It All Together:

After you finish making each part, assemble the grill so the grill fits snugly inside the brim of the Altoids tin case. Put the lid back on. It should close all the way if made properly. then sand the product so it looks like the images below. That is optional! You're done!

Step 5: Video of the EBq BBQ Grill:

here is a video of the eBq BBQ grill.Finally! I got the eBq BBQ grill in action. The spill you see there is from Reiley. He accidentally poured too much fluid into the grill. no harm.

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armydude1207 made it!(author)2012-03-08

cool!!!

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synthdust made it!(author)2011-12-03

did i miss the step for the feet?

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Mrcheese15 made it!(author)2011-09-01

im going to make a bbq with an ammo box :D

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PerfectPantaloons made it!(author)2011-11-23

That is genius! Like one of the .50 cal ammo boxes that you can pick up at an army navy store?

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Mrcheese15 made it!(author)2011-11-24

yeah i was thinking something like that

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PerfectPantaloons made it!(author)2011-11-25

BRILLIANT!!

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Mrcheese15 made it!(author)2011-09-01

i have to try using a jigsaw on a really low speed :/

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drabinowitz made it!(author)2011-08-27

Why does the cover need to be flat?

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silentsnip94 made it!(author)2009-06-26

wait whats the coiled thing inside?

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silentsnip94 made it!(author)2009-06-26

oh i see it acts as a heat conducting booster lol

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ebqbbqmaster made it!(author)2009-08-28

You are correct.

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fogman103 made it!(author)2011-08-18

you might want to add the coil to your parts list and explain what it does and where it goes.

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fogman103 made it!(author)2011-08-17

where did you get the dice thing?

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Tgwizman made it!(author)2009-12-03

The electrical idea is a good one, but you wouldn't get the great smell of a good old fashion grill!

I have an Idea for a solar panel altoids can. it would go around with you and everything. it would be usb 2.0 compatable. you could set it on your dashboard on your way to work and everything else.....

One question...  How would I go about doing this?

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fogman103 made it!(author)2011-08-17

check out the instructable for "mighty mintyboost"

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Kane94 made it!(author)2009-08-13

what do you use for fuel? and i made this one https://www.instructables.com/id/Altoids_Portable_BBQ_/ and its ok i like this better because the one grill but why do you have to cut the lid why cant it be you open it up and there it is. other than that please get back to me plz.

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ebqbbqmaster made it!(author)2009-08-18

I cut the lid because it looks cooler and modern. Not every grill needs a lid. Mine does not need a lid. It is art. I like showing my artwork without anything being covered up.

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A+flyin+muffin made it!(author)2011-03-06

I just think that the lid would be more useful than the artistic "value" off your grill

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A+flyin+muffin made it!(author)2011-03-06

You are the Picaso of grilling.

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spcon made it!(author)2010-07-25

Thanks for the great Instructable! I have a huge Altoids tin (About 10 in. by 6 in.), so I think I may make a scaled up one for camping now.

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A+flyin+muffin made it!(author)2011-03-06

Where did you get it from?

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hunter4639 made it!(author)2011-02-03

what is the spring looking thing on the left under the grill leading to the leg

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hunter4639 made it!(author)2011-02-03

i used a dermal tool with a cutting disc and cut it as close as i could then used a sanding bit to make it look better

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cantbesaved made it!(author)2010-05-09

 how do you light it? matches and wood?

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m0f0 made it!(author)2010-10-14

Haha ya I was thinking the same thing

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palombo5050 made it!(author)2010-10-12

Well, I am from Texas so I tried my hand at a smoker. Check it out. https://www.instructables.com/id/eBQ-Smoker/

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palombo5050 made it!(author)2010-10-07

This is GREAT. I love it. I made one when I saw this in Instructibles. How ever, I didn't use an altoid box, I went to the grocery store to the bakeing section and found two 4 inch baking pans. I bought two and used one as base and one as lid. Made it to look like a weber. I used 2 inch 8-32 bolts for legs. It holds 1 to 2 grill coals broken into pieces. It works just like a regular grill. For the grill screen, I went to BBQ section and purchased an aluminum grill screen used for grilling veggies. All items are "Food Friendly" or "Food Safe" for those anal enough to be worried about that. Remember: It's about the ingenuity and imagination. Keep on creating.

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NaesDraw made it!(author)2010-06-16

I'm putting one together myself. I'm having some trouble getting the wire bent cleanly, the spacing and lengths are off. Any suggestions?

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Sandmans41 made it!(author)2010-08-13

Try Heating It till its red hot, that should make it easier to bend, Don't Burn Yourself

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NaesDraw made it!(author)2010-08-18

I managed cold, but thanks anyway.

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diythings made it!(author)2009-07-27

not trying to be meen but be careful when you are making this! if you get a cut from it you will need a shot if you dont treat it.

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ebqbbqmaster made it!(author)2009-08-28

I have been in boy scouts for years. I had many serious cuts. If I do get a cut so what. I am use to it. plus the cuts do not hurt very much.

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SasquatchKid made it!(author)2010-06-11

Whoot go BSA Im a scout just crossed over lovin i made this

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metallica8080 made it!(author)2010-05-16

 Should i remove the lid before cutting it?

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cantbesaved made it!(author)2010-05-09

 where do i get a non embossed altoids tin?

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junits15 made it!(author)2010-05-16

I was in the same sintuation, i just pounded out the raised letters with a hammer, it worked semi-ok

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mason0190 made it!(author)2009-07-15

What about the lethal toxins (i.e. lead, cyanide, etc.) in the paint? Would you like that cooked into your food!?

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dungeon+runner made it!(author)2010-05-12

I'm pretty sure we stopped putting lead in our paint sometime in the sixties. I have no idea what cyanide would be doing there at ALL. Not to mention the fact that exposing the food to the resulting smoke would probably not just magically transfer itself.

Please take the time to make sure you know what you are talking about before you comment.

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kevinkm77 made it!(author)2009-08-04

why would there be lead/cyanide on a mint(edible) box?

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CapnTac made it!(author)2009-12-13

LOL Pwned.

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ebqbbqmaster made it!(author)2009-08-28

I sand the paint off. Look carefully at my images and videos. you don't see any labels saying Altoids because I already sanded everything off. Even on the coat hanger.

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cantbesaved made it!(author)2010-05-09

 sir, you are a genuis :)
ive always wanted to cook things with my laptop

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tuckerton296 made it!(author)2009-09-14

do not use paper

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tuckerton296 made it!(author)2009-09-13

its perfect for spam

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KarateLover21 made it!(author)2009-06-21

I made one for my dad for fathers day. It's a great design, I cut the striker off a match box and hotglued it to the side of the grill so we can just strike the match on the side.

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porcupinemamma made it!(author)2009-08-08

clever!

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ebqbbqmaster made it!(author)2009-08-28

Thank you very much. Thank you for commenting.

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sabbysayshi made it!(author)2009-08-25

uhmmm wouldnt the hot glue melt off?? haha

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ebqbbqmaster made it!(author)2009-08-28

DO NOT USE HOT-GLUE!

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ebqbbqmaster made it!(author)2009-06-22

I think its a bad idea to have a striker right onto the product unless you find a way to spray the striker with heat resistant paint or something like that. I love your idea. I might use that idea for a newer design!! THANKS!!!!!!

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