Introduction: The Perfect Barbeque

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A portable barbeque can be yours for a lot less than if you would buy one in the store. The materials for this one costed me around 4000 swedish kronor, or around 600 US dollars.

Step 1: The Base

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First we need a base, it's optional how you want to build it but I decided to have a cupboard to cover the sink and bucket for wast water.
I put two wheels on it to be able to move it. But I recommend to put another two wheels on the other side because it will get very heavy with the concrete top.

Step 2: Making the Sink

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FIrst I bought the barbeque, cutting board and sink.
Then I started building on the frame for the concrete with sized holes holes where they will fit. The hole for the cutting board is made by two layers of wood. One in the same size as the cutting board, and one a little smaller. I wanted it to be empty underneath the cutting board to save some weight.
The reinforcing bar is made from an old dog cage. The smaller holes the stronger it will be. Make sure it doesn't touch the bottom of the frame which will be the top surface when it's complete.
Dont forget to add a bolt on either side to be able to attach it to the wodden frame.
Take your time when you add the concrete, make sure you dont get any air bubles inside.

Step 3: Adding the Final Accessories

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Unfortunately I didn't take any photos while attaching the sink to the frame but it's a bit tricky. Be carefull not to get any cracks in the concrete.
Add as many hooks, and things as you find necessary.
It's all in the detailes.


nordclub (author)2016-08-14

i am going try to make this one , please can you give me the sizes ?

Tdonovan76 (author)2015-06-08

How do you make the holes for the cutting board, sink and barbecue? Do you push them out once the concrete is hard?

molarin (author)Tdonovan762015-06-08

I made them in the frame before I added the concrete.

Tdonovan76 (author)molarin2015-06-08

Ok. But what is filling in the holes while the concrete dries? Is it wood or foam?

richard2012 (author)2015-05-12

I poured my entire kitchen counter tops, and peninsula (around 60 square feet ), with sink, and in counter cook top. I used a cement free castable, and carbon fiber mesh as reinforcement, with 3/8" steel rebar framing the sink and stove cutouts. Then coated the whole thing with a 2 part high temp food approved epoxy. The reson for using cfc instead of conventional concrete is to reduce the possibility of thermal fractures.

chrwei (author)2015-04-08

how well has the concrete top held up to the heat? would you be willing to add another picture now that it's a year old?

molarin (author)chrwei2015-04-09

There hasn't been any problems with the heat. I can upload a photo when I get back to the house again.

bk-paradox (author)2015-01-05

I was wondering if you could help me out, I am trying to connect my garden hose to a kitchen sink much like you have, Did you just use a 3/4" to 1/2" adapter to connect them?

Nice project, really good having it portable.

cgrove1 (author)2013-12-22


molarin (author)cgrove12014-10-27

Any photos of the project when it was complete? Would be great to see!

L7 (author)2013-11-26

Great project, bad instruction.

tn. (author)L72013-12-03

i didn't have a problem with following it. if he were to put down every step by step (building the frame, pouring the top, installing the sink, etc), you'd be complaining it was too long.

i'm already planning my kitchen island around this instructible.

molarin (author)tn.2014-10-27

I'm a bit curious to see what your kitchen island looks like :)

A photo perhaps?

Ricardo Furioso (author)L72013-12-02

Yes, well, it seems that this one has turned out as an inspiration, not a recipe.
Let's please encourage each other to show what we have done, and hopefully
how we have done it.
It's important for us all (including me because I'm prone to criticism) to remember that the only thing that people who write and shoot and work hard at building Instructables get in return is our applause, appreciation, and encouragements.
I, for one, have made a decision to post a lot more encouragements.

JoeJordan.Devonport (author)2014-09-08

ok just seen this and now i want one, Great idea.

acuchetto (author)2013-12-10

Thank you for this idea. Thank you, too, for inspiring others to offer constructive criticism. (Even the very harsh comments can be seen as positive in that they show you have project worthy of reaction and thought.)

Nyxius (author)2013-12-02

I build grills (among other things) part time to supplement my income, and I can not recommend this type of firebox. It has cold spots and is susceptible to grease damage over a very short time unless very careful care is taken. I would very much recommend either a cast iron or cast aluminum fire box. It helps with heat distribution, and will last 25+ years with only moderate preventative maintenance. Also if you want to prolong the life of your slab, then you need to put some kind of ceramic insulator between the firebox and the slab. If nothing is handy, you can reinforce a strip of concrete with fiberglass insulation. The heat cycles, if left untweaked, can cause spalling, and pitting over the course of only a couple of years.

Nyxius (author)Nyxius2013-12-02

A nifty project if you have the time is to cast your own firebox out of aluminum pop can tops. The aluminum in the top of the can is a medium grade mixture of aluminum and magnesium, and has excellent strength characteristics.

tn. (author)Nyxius2013-12-03

..... which is something i would totally do! holy yikes, i never even thought that would be possible!

Nyxius (author)tn.2013-12-03

Better start drinking more beer then. You'll need about 11 kilos of aluminum.

tn. (author)Nyxius2013-12-03

i don't drink beer - stuff's gross - but i believe my hubby will be able to more than manage that in short order, lol.

Nyxius (author)tn.2013-12-10

I would also recommend learning about lost wax casting. It is pretty easy to do in a normal kitchen. You can also make perfectly flat plates of wax by pouring hot wax into a cookie sheet that has a raised lip and about an inch of boiling water in it.

cgrove1 (author)2013-12-08

I am currently building this project and NOT using the exact measurements as I am building it my way! This instructable is perfect inspiration and is greatly appreciated.

phatorx (author)2013-11-27

The insctructable is wonderful, but loose on principal, the measures, sketches, how to do the concrete and build the things all together .
It's an idea for your next.

Mexicoman (author)phatorx2013-12-05

That has always been the difficulty with Instructables. Good ideas but some are written by people with no constructive experience with writing "How-to" article and fail to use projection. Projection being the ability to look at what you have written from the point of view of another--and that includes those with no experience pouring concrete, woodworking, or installing sinks--which wasn't explained at all. Not knocking this one as it is a fine project for some, as they all are. I'm just hoping to assist others in writing a better instructable. How to writing takes time and critical thought. It's not just a series of words slapped together--it needs to show another in step by step details, carefully explained, how they can produce something similar. Less they appear to become a "look at what I did" article, and not truly an instructable.

tn. (author)phatorx2013-12-03

that's something i've been wondering for a while: IS it necessary to keep reiterating the same thing over and over?

"pour the cement top" - it's not like there's an infinite number of ways to do that and i know exactly where to go to find step-by-step instructions without having to rehash it all again here.

"build the frame" - clearly it's a build-to-suit thing. me, myself, i find that carriage a bit sparse on storage options but now that i see it, i know exactly how i want my kitchen island to look. what good would blueprints or sketches telling me "x" inches wide and "y" feet long do, since i'd have to redo them anyway?

Mexicoman (author)2013-12-05

Barbeques of all sorts can be found at your local dump. People throw away highly prized BBQ's. As example, we have three from the dump. A round kettle that we can transport, a standing model with storage and the sides to cut and carve on, and an all stainless steel Holland stand up grill that is fabulous. The Holland retails for over $1000. Free at our local dump. Oh, we cleaned up each and repaired them, have a total coat of $30 in them and who knows what value. They all look like new. Why make one when you have so many available. We are in a small town and must have looked at 30 before deciding on what we have.  

kurtnotkirk (author)2013-12-02

Very nice looking project!

hammer9876 (author)2013-12-01

I see a deep sink filled with ice to hold the beer!

Oh. Yes. You are right. Barbecues require beer.
And I think the space under the barbecue is the most excellent place for your cold beer idea. I will bet that our friend Molarin is more than able to build something I have never seen before: A remove-able ice cooler on a slide out drawer under the barbecue. Then the chef will always have cold beer at hand.
Dear Molarin, this time show us step-by-step how you build in your cooler drawer.
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Ricardo Furioso (author)2013-12-02

Magnificent. Thank you.

teotsin (author)2013-12-02

That looks excellent! Thanks for the inspiration

JeeCee (author)2013-12-01

Beautiful! Good job!

molarin (author)2013-11-27

Thanks for the input.
When I made this project I didn't know that this website existed but for my future projects I'll be more thorough.

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