Introduction: Mini S'mores Grill

I have my youngest son to thank for this Instructable. He wanted S'mores, but didn't want the marshmallows put in the microwave. He wanted authentic, toasted-on-an-open-flame S'mores.

When I told him that I did not really want to fire up the grill just to make a couple S'mores, he suggested a mini grill. BRILLIANT!

Step 1: Parts and Tools Needed

Parts:

(1) Cedar Plank
(4) Bolts - 1/4 inch and 2 and 1/2 inches tall
(4) Nuts - 1/4 inch
(4) Optional washers for the bolts
(1) 2.5oz Stainless Steel Condiment Cup (Four for 1$ at Wal-Mart)
(1) Box of cheap toothpicks
--NOT PICTURED--
(1) Box of matches
(1) Bag of large marshmallows
(1) Chocolate Bar
(1) Box of graham crackers
(1) Bamboo skewers, normally used for shish kabobs

Tools:
(1) Drill
(1) 2 and 1/2 inch drill bit
(1) 1/4 inch drill bit
(1) Saw

Step 2: Drilling, Cutting, and Drilling Some More

I found out that I had to drill the large hole first. Otherwise, the board is too fragile to cut a large hole in.

Drill the large hole (2 and 1/2 inch bit) in the center of the cedar and about 1/2 inch away from the outside edge (see pic).

HANDY TIP: Put a scrap board underneath when cutting to prevent the wood from splintering.

Once that hole is drilled, measure about 1/2 inch away from the other side of the whole and cut (see pic).

When that piece is done, drill four holes in the corners with a 1/4 inch drill bit (see pic).

Step 3: Bolt It Up and Drop in the Cup

Insert a bolt into each hole and tighten it there with a nut (see pic).

When that is done, drop the cup in the hole (see pic).

A perfect fit!

Step 4: Fill It With Toothpicks, Light It Up and Start Toasting Marshmallows

WARNING!: Don't be dumb when playing with fire. Always keep a close watch on the fire and do this outside. Make sure you have a large amount of water or a fire extinguisher handy in case the fire spreads. You have been warned. Don't come whining to me if you burn something down or hurt yourself.

OK, now that we have settled that, on to the fire building. I only used a small group of cheap toothpicks (about 20). I broke them in half so they would rest in the bottom of the cup. You do not need the flame too high!

Get your marshmallow prepared by placing it on the end of a bamboo skewer. Place a piece of cholocate on top of a graham cracker. Have the other graham cracker piece ready to be placed on top.

Light the toothpicks with a match. I found that about 20 toothpicks in the cup can toast 2 marshmallows... maybe three, but I like mine nice and toasty (burned).

NOTE: Don't blow on your marshmallow when it's by the mini grill. My son did and it blew the lit toothpicks out of the cup! YIKES!

Once the marshmallow is toasted, place it on top of the chocolate and then put the other half of the graham cracker on top of that. Wait for the chocolate to get nice and melty and then enjoy your S'mores!

When you are done with the mini grill, pick it up by the edge of the cedar and run water into the cup to put out the fire. I also found that there is a pleasant cedar smell given off after using the grill.

ENJOY!

Comments

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dancingstar (author)2016-08-15

Fun project!

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wck86 made it! (author)2015-02-14

yep, nice and easy. couldn't find a steel cup so used a little glass candle holder

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Erika86 (author)2014-06-14

I love this! So cute and easy to make. Thank you!

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griffenjoy1277 (author)2014-06-03

Cool

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pianoplaying music kid (author)2014-04-27

that's nice

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iamhannibalking (author)2014-01-11

it worked like a charm. love this. keep adding more instructables!

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amonj02 (author)2013-07-22

This is so awesome. You are awesome to let your son do this :)

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mkitty (author)2013-07-20

Yummy this is so cool nice work!!!!!:) ;)

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MYT CR8TiV (author)2013-01-17

Interesting that nobody seems to have suggested using a Tealight in place of the broken toothpicks as your fire source. I always make toasted marshmallows by lighting a small tealight candle in a shot glass.

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Ma$terJacob (author)2012-07-04

cool!

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Tomahawk92 (author)2011-11-08

I have these cups. i was wondering what the hell i would need them for =]. i might use all 4 on one board. I've been roasting marshmallows on a penny stove recently but 4 tiny fire pits should work nicely. i thought about welding them together to make a penny stove lol. I want to see more instructables with these cups lol.

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mason0190 (author)2008-06-16

I like mine black and bubbly. Then when i chip away it's gooey and warm inside. Perfect.

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Evil Bike (author)mason01902008-06-19

ya! catch it on fire, then blow it out. thats the way to go!

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bengerszewski (author)Evil Bike2008-06-30

That's what i usually do. I'm kind of impatient when it comes to marshmallows.

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Evil Bike (author)bengerszewski2008-06-30

they are also fun to throw at people while they are on fire, they stick AND burn. Woo-Hoo

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bengerszewski (author)Evil Bike2008-06-30

home made napalm! Yay!!!

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im3733 (author)bengerszewski2008-09-03

never tried that.......gonna have to now. *grabs marshmallow skewer and immediately begins looking for victims*

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TheGreatS (author)im37332011-08-01

Hide your kids! Hide your wife!

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devonator (author)Evil Bike2008-09-07

i dont tame the time to blow it out i just shove the flameing sugar blob in my mouth =-)
lol

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King Julien (author)devonator2010-05-16

LOL

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mason0190 (author)devonator2009-08-28

yum.

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im3733 (author)mason01902008-09-03

I just eat it, black and all. EXTRA IRON!!!!!

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fireraisr (author)im37332008-12-24

lol that black stuff is carbon not iron remember that marshmallows aren't magnetic :)

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im3733 (author)fireraisr2008-12-27

*blank face* you...you mean that.....that they LIED to me!?!?!?! AHHHHH!

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mason0190 (author)im37332009-08-28

boo urns :(

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mason0190 (author)mason01902010-07-17

i thought it was fiber

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zourza (author)2011-04-07

SWEET! i shaved a candle and placed a fair amount of the shavings in the cup with the toothpicks. it burns much longer and hotter! :)

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TheGreatS (author)zourza2011-08-01

Great idea! I'm going to have to try this...

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zeke34 (author)2010-05-30

 Me and my friend just took a lighter, stuck a marshmellow on a fork, and roasted it with the lighter.

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mason0190 (author)zeke342010-07-17

Ah, the modded Instructables Avatar.

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lemon rind (author)mason01902010-10-11

Chea brother. This pretty mean :-)

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Kindhamster (author)zeke342010-06-04

YES!!! ( if you weren't using a zippo, consider it; your thumb won't get tired

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tzq33tdq (author)2010-08-30

i havent tried this but it looks AWESOME!!!

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elCarlito1 (author)2009-07-05

A better fuel would be pure isopropyl alcohol (rubbing alcohol).
It will produce a big flame with that size of opening but the products of the combustion are harmless - carbon dioxide and water vapour.

Take a look at this mini burner:
http://how2dostuff.blogspot.com/2008_05_01_archive.html

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woelfwynde (author)elCarlito12010-08-09

This is an excellently rendered version of the penny stove. Now I understand how it works. I couldn't with the versions here at Instructables. As the author said, missing pictures.....etc.

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shawntherobot (author)elCarlito12009-09-25

siiiicccckkkk!!!!!!

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mason0190 (author)shawntherobot2010-07-17

SECONDED

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mason0190 (author)2010-01-11

it's spelled K-E-B-A-B-S not K-A-B-O-B-S

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BlueFusion (author)mason01902010-05-30

 actually, kabob is the correct middle eastern spelling. Americants just like to change stuff.

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King Crab (author)BlueFusion2010-05-30

 Americants? :(

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8bit (author)King Crab2010-05-31

American replicants. ;) 

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mason0190 (author)8bit2010-07-17

like that one movie? where the robots looked sooo much like real people that they blended in perfectly until they overthrew the human race from the inside? I think it was called... oh yeah. "The Robots That Looked Sooo Much Like Humans that they Blended In Perfectly Until They Overthrew the Human Race From the Inside 2"

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8bit (author)mason01902010-07-20

That movie inspired so many people.

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porcupinemamma (author)King Crab2010-05-31

You know, this site was created by Americans, and I see you are using it.  Check out the 'be nice" policy rules

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8bit (author)porcupinemamma2010-05-31

There is nothing un-nice about that. 

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porcupinemamma (author)8bit2010-05-31

Hi 8bit, I was referring to another post that's been removed by the author.

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shadow07 (author)BlueFusion2010-05-30

K-A-B-A-B is the middle eastern spelling not K-A-B-O-B. Although i think it doesn't matter since there are a whole lot of spellings and pronunciations.

Read the wikipedia article:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kebab

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porcupinemamma (author)mason01902010-05-31

How about -"wow! wonderful Instructable" There is a private message option where you could send your spelling help so that the author could edit it without being publically shamed

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mariostar (author)mason01902010-02-01

seriously we don't
have to be analytical


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King Julien (author)mariostar2010-05-16

I have no idea what that means but I agree.

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