Imagine Bear Grylls eating the most disgusting maggot, ok, now imagine Bear Grylls eating the most disgusting maggot grill fried, isn't that better? Well I guess not, but anyways, behold: the pocket grill. Ideal for single or two person camping, backpacking or hiking.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

Tools you will need:

  • 1. Hacksaw (or at least the blade)
  • 2. Cutting pliers
  • 3. Drill and bit
  • 4. Utility knife
  • 5. File (or sandpaper)
  • 6. Ruler

Of course these are not mandatory, you are welcomed to improvise, but please wear safety gear and respect work security guidelines (or suffer the consequences of your foolish actions, I don't care).


Basically you need 2 pieces of pipe, one must fit in the other, I used 18mm (3/4 Inch) and 15mm (5/8 Inch) copper tube; any metal should do, but I used copper because: its relatively lightweight, doesn't bend much when exposed to fire, it has thin walls and most importantly I had them lying around the house (leftovers from the heating system) so they were free.

2 copper tube caps that fit the larger diameter pipe (also lying around and also free).

Handful of approx. 2mm diameter bicycle spokes (1/16 inch), I can't give you an exact number, you'll see why in a bit. Make sure that you use stainless steel spokes, you're going to eat off of them.

Pro Tip: If you have a bicycle repair shop nearby, you should ask them for broken spokes, you may get them for free (I hacked my old bike tire to death for this).


This is pretty simple since you'll need to cut everything to the same size (you will get a rectangular grill).

Pro Tip: The bigger you make your grill the more spokes you'll need, make sure that the number of spokes you intend to use all fit inside the smaller diameter tube.

I made mine 20 cm wide (7.87401575 inches, just make it 8) since I found that about 25 2.2mm spokes fit inside the 15mm diameter tube.

<p>How much does it weight in the end?</p>
Great instructable, thank you for sharing it! I have some 1/16 inch X 12 inch stainless steel all thread rods left over from another project that I will use for the end pieces. That should make the assembly process a lot faster and easier. Hopefully the spoke caps are the same thread as the all thread. If not I will just use some nuts to keep everything together. <br><br>I wish I could speak my second language as well as you speak your third.
<p>Beautifully simple, doable and usable project!</p>
<p>Thank you!</p>
<p>Great job! I'm hiking a section of the App Trail late summer and this will be perfect! Thanks for the 'ible. </p>
<p>Thanks for your comment.</p>
<p>This is a very inventive, and interesting idea! Kudos for coming up with it, and the layout of pictures makes everything clear. Nice job!</p>
Thank you!
I'm teaching four classes this weekend on building survival shelters. Just finished making one of these. Nice addition to my shelter class. I'll be giving the one I made away since I have the materials to make about six more. Great idea, thanks for sharing.
<p style="margin-left: 40.0px;">GREAT I'BLE</p><p style="margin-left: 40.0px;">Hurricane season coming soon to Atlantic Coast. Hurricane Awareness Expos happening at Home Depot Stores throughout Southeastern United States. I am a Volunteer with CEMA (Chatham Emergency Management Agency) and also a member of my local CERT (Citizen Emergency Response Team) we present Emergency Survival classes during this time and refresh ourselves on these subjects. This grill i just in time for me to present at the survival food stand. I just ordered 12&quot; lengths of cooper pipe and 36 10&quot; spokes due here 4 May, just in time for me to build the grill to have for the first Expo, 21 May. </p>
<p>Thanks, I'm glad you liked it.</p>
<p>You are a genius! Thanks for this instructable. My grand daughter and I will be making one of these this weekend. Oh, and your English is great. Again, thanks!</p>
Thank you for your kind words!
<p>I'm guessing the two spokes with intact threads go on each end and that you put some sort of nut on to hold the grill intact? Sorry, I'm a crafting idiot.</p>
Yes, they are called nipples and are usually sold with the spokes.
<p>Cool grill. And you're doing better in your third language than a lot of native English speakers I know. Well done!</p>
Thank you, Doug!
Great instructable! This has got me thinking though... For a super compact design that would require no assembly, you could use 2mm steel wire. We actually have some that is taught which acts as a shower curtain rail. you could thread the wire in and out of each hole in the tubes and roll the whole thing up. to use, simply use tent pegs are sticks (away from the flames) to keep the wire taught.
Well, it would require no assembly, but it would double the size of the packed grill, because the tubes wouldn't fit in each other anymore. So if you are willing to trade size for quick deployment, go for it!
Awesome! I have been looking for a collapsible grill for a while!!! This is great
<p>some reason i thought it was wire so you can roll it up :)</p>
All candy and most chocolate is made in copper kettles
I've drank a lot of coffee made ina copper pot when i lived overseas hasn't grown anything extra on me i think its safe to say that little bit of copper is fine good hak thanks
Also I really like the concept of the portable grill
Also I really like the concept of the portable grill
Just a side note for those concerned about copper. Stainless steel tubing is also available.
Didn't take me to long. luckily had an old bike layong around and some copper pipe on the jobsite. going camping in a few weeks and this was genius. save me from buying a grate. thanks man.
<p>Good job, I'm glad you liked it.</p>
<p>I teach English and Writing, I think you did a great job writing this and documenting your sources tor the project and to answer the question regarding cooking on copper. Great graphics, too~ I look forward to seeing more of your posts. </p>
<p>Thank you for your kind words, actually a have a few projects in mind, so stay tuned.</p>
<p>Great instructable as-is! For backpacking (especially ultralight packing), I wonder if copper could be replaced with aluminum or titanium? That would shave off a few precious ounces. Just a thought. Great job either way.</p>
<p>I wouldn't recommend using aluminum because it has a relatively low melting temperature (660 <sup>o</sup>C / 1220 <sup>o</sup>F) compared to copper (1084<sup>o</sup>C / 1983 <sup>o</sup>F)<em>;</em> I don't think that your grill would liquefy, but the pipes may bend more easily and once a pipe is bent (even slightly) the grill becomes sort of useless because you can't pack it up anymore. Long story short: if you can get your hands on titanium pipes use titanium, they're far superior even to copper.</p><p><em><br></em></p>
Stvnishere I just want to add that many ultralight cooking pots are made of aluminum, so I don't think it would be bad. If you want a source, just Google it. Nice instructable tho
<p>Of course there are, pots, not grills, pots. Pots are meant to cook something in them, and aluminum being such a good conductor the heat quickly transfers from the fire to the food being cooked, for the same reason you can boil water in plastic bottles in a fire without melting the bottle. Try putting an empty aluminum pot on a pile of embers, leave it there for 10 minutes, take it off, let it cool and I'm pretty sure you could crush it with 2 fingers. Thanks for the comment tho ;)</p>
<p>If you are interested, here is a reliable source on the topic of copper and copper toxicity. <a href="http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/PHS/PHS.asp?id=204&tid=37" rel="nofollow">http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/PHS/PHS.asp?id=204&amp;tid=37...</a> </p><p>For the most part, the amount of copper exposure you would get from this grill would not be dangerous, based on the research I've done. Where it gets tricky is if the heat causes the formation of copper oxide which is a bit more dangerous (not talked about in the link). This looks like a black &quot;soot&quot; that would form on copper and it crumbles easily. Breathing in those particles can cause some problems. They would be easily seen on the outside of the copper tubing and, assuming you keep it clean, it wouldn't be an issue. However, copper oxide forming on the inside of the tubing would be more difficult to detect. If you are exceedingly nervous, cleaning the copper tubing with a wire brush periodically should remedy the problem. Although even if it were caked on inside and crumbled during the next use, it would be hard to get enough of it &quot;into the air&quot; to be an issue. Hope that helps.</p>
<p>Thank you, the first comment about toxicity that actually has a reliable source; copper surely oxidizes easily and copper oxide is somewhat toxic, but getting it into your system from this grill, in my opinion, is highly unlikely. The grill needs to be cleaned, regardless of the oxidization, if one plans on eating off of it.</p>
<p>you have done an amazing job thinking about this. thank you for sharing it with the community. I can see all sorts of potential uses for this!</p>
<p>Thank you, Josh! It an honor to be part of such a great community!</p>
<p>Great instructable. And I can see how assembly would be a little tedious. One tip, depending on the size and amount you are cooking, you may be able to get by with only inserting every other spoke, or half the spokes at one end.</p>
<p>That's a great idea, it would halve the assembly time, I never thought of that. Thanks for your input :)</p>
<p>Copper tubes when super heated release Phosgene Gas. Just a thought.</p>
<p>No, it does not... Copper tubes are made of copper. Phosgene is a Chlorine-based molecule. <br><br>If you use say, a Copper tube that came from an old fridge that uses CFCs, I could possibly see this being a risk if you heat the copper pipe while it's still filled with gas, but if you're using clean copper pipe from the hardware store? You're safe as houses.</p>
<p>Congrats on the big win!</p>
<p>Thank you, Ashley!</p>
<p>Stvnishere, the pocket grill is an excellent idea that you should patent before someone else does. This little grill would be great in a survival kit. I would suggest that you add a screw or rivet a small cable to the end caps so they don't get lost. The pocket grill overall is easy and nice to have. </p>
<p>I don't think that it could be patented, as I found out there are somewhat similar grills on the market. Good idea about the caps, I plan on updating this instructable with adding legs and I'll include your tip too.</p>
<p>Should I avoid colored stainless steel? Not sure if this has some coating or what, but they're blue... <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00553BLXM?ascsubtag=pfb-DPD-1-2-1445779225299tS&ref_=pfb_DPD_1_2_1445779225299tS&tag=hydfbook0e-20">http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00553BLXM?ascsub...</a></p>
<p>Those spokes are painted, you could try burning off the paint before you actually cook on them, or maybe buy another set...</p>
<p>Really smart idea &amp; easy to make. A bit challenging to assemble but I'm sure it gets easier with practice. More compact and weighs about 250g less than a commercially available camp grill. I used 14 spokes that I got for $2 at my local bike coop and spaced them 2cm apart. Looking forward to using it. Thanks for sharing this idea and all the best from Canada! PS: If you're interested in DIY camping gear, I have an Instructable for an ultralight tarp shelter.</p>

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