Super Mega Charcoal Grill (Rocket Grill)

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I had one of these mini Weber grills sitting around taking up space for years. I think originally it was a free thing I picked up from a friend. I used it once or twice and then it sat in my shed until my friend Dean modified his. And it's an awesome mod. So I'm recreating it here.

If you're using brickets, stop. If you're using lighter fluid, stop. Even if you don't do this crazy mod, buy a charcoal chimney and start using natural lump charcoal that pretty easy to find anymore. Lights quickly (with just one sheet of newspaper) and burns super hot. A bonus is that if you're just making a small meal it reduces the amount of charcoal you'll need to use by concentrating the heat.
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Step 1: Needs

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You will need:

--An old Weber Smoky Joe grill (or equivalent)

--A charcoal chimney

--Metal cutting saw


--Metal punch

--Welder (optional, but very nice to have)

Step 2: Getting To It

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You'll want to remove all of the grates in the grill and detach the legs (save them, they'll be reused).

Turn the base of the grill upside down and put the charcoal chimney on it. Outline it with a marker.

Use a spring loaded punch to make the mark for drilling . . . using a punch gives the drill bit something to grab onto and work it's way in to the otherwise smooth metal.

USE EYE PROTECTION. The baked on coating (probably some sort of porcelain) will fly everywhere.

Once you've made your hole poke a metal blade through it and saw it out. Cut on the inside of the line you made because you'll want the joint tight. My friend Dean used a torch to cut his out.

Use a grinder of some sort to fine tune the size of the hole.
Bard9 months ago

is it posssible to have a cooler grill by using less fuel?

dlewisa (author)  Bard9 months ago
Certainly. You don't have to load the chimney completely full.
gswartz11202 years ago
This is an awesome idea! Perfect for steaks...
You sir are percectly RIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
l8nite2 years ago
it looks really sweet but why would you cook over such high heat ? I'm picturing charred on the outside and raw in the middle burgers and hotdogs and shuddering at the thought of ribs cooked this way...
dafonso l8nite2 years ago
There are many dishes that are simply better cooked over an 800 degree heat source... pizza, steaks, shrimp to name a few. I would guess that the locality of the "death zone" means that you can use the outer edges or some metal baffles for the cooking zone of the grill.

However, I would imagine that this grill has zero "warm zone"
dlewisa (author)  dafonso2 years ago
It's a twinge cooler on the outer sides, but only if you leave the lid off.
I made this one last year.
dlewisa (author)  steveastrouk2 years ago
That's b@d@$$!
He he.
It also holds a wet smoker very nicely on the top edge.
I filled the basket with lava rock, to diffuse the hot gas from the fire - this burns sticks like a rocket stove.

It was inspired by another 'Ible
Wow - I want one of these!
dlewisa (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Everybody needs one of these. Weber should make a mass produced version.