Introduction: Tire Rim Grill (No Welding)

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When I bought my truck it came with a bad full size spare tire (which was fully disclosed to me before purchase). Not knowing what exactly to do with it, I left it in the bed of my truck for over a year until the idea popped into my head to make a charcoal grill out of the rim. Not knowing how to weld I needed to be creative in my assembly of the grill while still making sure that whatever components I used could stand the heat (no nickel or galvanized plating).

Here are the tools and materials used but this project is easily customizable to personal tastes. The base could be made from pallet wood or other reclaimed lumber or if no base is desired it can be attached to a deck or concrete and heights can be adjusted by adding a longer piece of pipe, etc.



Miter Saw

Power Drill

Planer (Optional)


Tire Rim

High Heat Paint - 2 Cans

4'x4:x96" - 1

5/8" Bolts/Hardware - 4

Wheels - 4

1/2" Lag Bolts - 4

1 1/2" Steel Black Pipe - 18 inches

1/2" Threaded Rods/Hardware - 2

Grill Grate - Various Sizes, 1 or 2

Wheels - 4

Step 1: The Most Frustrating Step

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Removing the rim from the rubber was by far the most frustrating step. After watching several videos and trying to pry the two pieces apart I actually ended up using a reciprocating saw with a metal cutting blade to cut the bead from the tire and then pried the rim out with a threaded rod and large screwdriver.

After freeing the rim I took it to a local shot blasting facility where they let me blast it myself. It took about 11 minutes and cost under $20 ($30 if the facility did it themselves).

Step 2: Parts and Painting

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All the parts I found at my local Home Depot. The black pipe I had cut and threaded there. The pipe flange that will be mounted to the wood base needed no further attention as it would be taking the appropriate 1/2" lag bolts. The flange that will secure the rim to the pipe needed its holes drilled larger to accommodate the wider 5/8" wide head bolts.

Next is the painting. I used Rustoleum High Heat paint which is specifically for grills. It goes on just like any other spray paint (if anything it goes on smoother). I applied two coats to the parts and hardware. I pressed paper towel strips into the bearings of the wheels before painting to ensure they wouldn't get clogged.

Step 3: All Your Base Are Belong to Us

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Tire rims are fairly heavy so the base had to be fairly heavy also. I wanted to match or exceed the weight while not making the base too large so I settled on using 4x4's. I cut the 4x4 with a miter saw so that the base would be square.

Next I drilled holes through the ends using a guide hole I drilled in a piece of scrap wood. Ideally I would have used a drill press for this step as the holes would have been perfectly the same in each piece of wood but since I didn't have one I planed and sanded the whole base after sliding the threaded rods through the holes.

I then put bolts and washers on the threaded rods and then grinded off the extra piece of threaded rod. Then I drilled (and sanded) holes to accommodate the lag bolts on top and the wheels on the bottom.

The final step for the base was a coat of stain and lacquer.

Step 4: Rim to Pipe to Base

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To attach the steel pipe flange to the rim I used smooth top bolts (with the widest possible heads). Simply insert the bolts into the flange while making sure the lip of the bolts make maximum contact with the lip of the rim's center hole. It may not seem like much contact but once tightened I was able to attach the steel black pipe and pick up the rim by the pipe without any give whatsoever. I covered the hole of the pipe with a 1" cap which fit nicely on top (so ash wouldn't get in). I painted it with high heat paint also.

The pipe screws into the flange of the rim on one end and the flange of the base on the other. The base flange is secured by lag bolts and washers. These I also painted.

Step 5: Finishing Touches

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The grill is on the heavy side so I inserted wheels into holes on the underside of the base for easier movement.

I used the hole from the valve stem to attach an eye hook with a couple of nuts and added a carabiner clip so I could hold all my grilling implements (tongs, brush, spatula).

Finding appropriate sized grates was tricky but with some internet searching I found a grate that would fit low in the grill to hold the charcoal and another to fit on top to hold the food. One grate could suffice as the coals could be placed directly into the rim without any hazard (only stainless or raw steel was used as opposed to zinc or galvanized metal) but I felt that coals may fall through the outer grill holes and land on the wood below if left uncovered.

Step 6: Conclusion

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I am very satisfied with my grill both in looks and functionality. As someone who has not yet learned how to weld (but would like to!) it was a challenge to think of a way to make a secure metal structure but I believe I succeeded. Also if the wheels are removed and the grill is flipped upside down it makes a pretty stylish table.

Hope you enjoyed this Instructable and I appreciate any votes in the Metal, Reuse, and Outdoor Cooking Contests!


amberharding82 (author)2015-06-22

Great idea! Now, off to find an old tire!

No, you don't want an old tire. Tires are made of rubber. What you need is the steel rim. A car wheel.

Lol, I was about to say that :)

raer1971 (author)2016-12-27


VictorFreeze (author)2016-03-10

That looks great! Excellent job!

BarbaraB89 (author)2016-02-02

I think the hot coal objections could be overcome by trimming some ceramic tiles for the center post and laying them onto the wood base with an epoxy. Thank you for sharing this design with us! It is very well thought out.

VictorV14 (author)2016-01-29

Great Design!!!! Nice Grill!!! -With the right "Hubcap" you can make a tray to catch the ashes & apply it to the steel poll on the bottom of the Grill... ;)

JorgeG6 (author)2016-01-28

Excelente idéia. Os inconvenientes citados podem ser eliminados com pequenos ajustes que não comprometem o projeto como um todo. O trabalho principal foi feito, os ajustes podem ser feitos de diversas formas. Já estou colocando seu projeto em minha proxima tarefa...Muito obrigado pela idéia.

BevM3 (author)2016-01-25

I love the design. One suggestion for safety and maintenance would be to add a metal catch tray for all of the embers and ashes that will inevitably fall through the holes onto the wooden base. One might even use the top from an old kettle grill as a neat looking catch: just put another flange on the pipe below the "grill" and had it sit like an inverted umbrella. The shape will be complimentary, you can empty it with a shopvac or small shovel once full cooled, and eliminate fire risks and ash debris.

confederatemule (author)2016-01-21

I like this grill. I think one would serve me well. Thanks for sharing your time and idea.

bobmaner (author)2015-12-20

All these whiners and not A one of them have A video of

ahmed kw (author)2015-10-25

what about the net ??? i'm wondering of the paint

nmurphy9 made it! (author)2015-06-21

Love the idea you could of also put smaller great to be able to keep the coals from falling threw

bradshaw1 (author)nmurphy92015-08-19

could have



bradshaw1 (author)2015-08-19

Nice job! That picture of the grill upside down looks like a cool table!

XavierS3 (author)2015-07-21

As others have said, this is not going to end well. Please do not try this idea without a redesign, wood is not suitable for a base for a grill and this grill as designed will drop ashes, coals, and fire on the base and on your feet. It should have a tray or bowl at the bottom of the grill to catch debris, the base should be metal or some other non-flammable material, and the wheels should also be non-flammable.

If a catch-bowl, metal base, and metal wheels are used this would be an awesome grill.

wannabemadsci (author)2015-07-01

Beautiful finished product. Great photos throughout. Great Instructable!

primosanch (author)2015-06-26

Very nice. Thanks for sharing.

CoreyO (author)2015-06-26

Love the simplicity and great design of this. Will have me looking twice at any spare tires I see lying around! Thanks for sharing this very cool idea!

jhall80 (author)2015-06-25

looks good but since you had so much trouble taking the tire off, you should've just ran it down to a local tire shop. They would have took the tire off for little of nothing if not free

bkristinsson (author)2015-06-25

Great project!
Btw you can just put tin foil in the bottom to prevent anything from slipping through. Makes for a easy cleanup as well ;)

MichaelE7 (author)2015-06-21

Sorry, but aren't all the ashes, sparks and grease from the food just going to fall through those 6 large oval holes in the wheel?

jgderuvo (author)MichaelE72015-06-25

Hmmm. Hot coals falling out of the "grill" and onto a wooden base. What could go wrong?

brightzacky (author)MichaelE72015-06-25

you just simply put some fine wire gauze inside the tire rim

Iszzysapien27 (author)2015-06-25

this project is a must do.

lmclaughlin1 (author)2015-06-25

Love it! I have to make one!

dollarseed (author)2015-06-22

Very good instructable. When I decided it was time to buy a small welder, and relearn how to use one, I turned to eBay. I then had a friend work with me for about an hour, welding scrap bed rails together. In the end, I can now weld better than he can, and it was money well spent.

tucker135 (author)2015-06-21

To make a dished ash pan, start with a square piece of 12 ga. flashing that is a bit larger than the out side dimension of your steel wheel.

Mark the center and drill a very small hole in your square sheet of flashing. Tie a string around a nail on one end and to a scribe on the other. Adjust the length of the string so that when the nail is inserted into the hole, the scribe just barely reaches the outside edge of the sides of the metal. Scribe an arc and using metal shears, cut away the excess metal outside of your arc. You now have a disc that is slightly too large to fit inside the steel wheel.

Using gloves and working with the ball end of a ball-peen hammer, starting from the outermost edge of the disk, start tapping the disk and work your way around the outside edge. Make a couple of laps and gradually work your way in. Your dish will begin to form. Keep tapping, slowly working your way towards the center. You can dish the disk as deep as you want or go only as far as you need to in order to hold your ashes.

I suggest you line your ash pan with aluminum foil as a sacrificial and to ease the removal of cold ashes for disposal.

AmateurHour (author)tucker1352015-06-21

Thank you for the detailed info on metal working, I will definitely try this. I especially like that your idea does not require welding skills!

sandra225 (author)2015-06-21

This turned out great. I have a suggestion. Because of the holes in the rim, your charcoal is going to burn way faster than you might like. So, maybe you could place a piece of sheet metal in there to slow the flow of air and to catch the ash. If you use a square piece, fold up the corners so that when you're ready to clean the grill, you can just lift it out. Or maybe you can find an old frying pan the right size, cut off the handle and sit it down in there. Easy to clean.

AmateurHour (author)sandra2252015-06-21

An old frying pan is a great idea! Or maybe I should say a "grate" idea!

sandra225 (author)AmateurHour2015-06-21

Ha. Good one!

DanielR33 (author)2015-06-21

Sweet idea. I'm thinking for the base you could just use another old tire, but leave the rubber on the rim for stability then figure out some way to decorate it to make it look nice - maybe build a covered wooden frame around it.

Stavros! (author)2015-06-21

Charcoal has a tendency to get smaller and smaller as it burns, I think you're gonna need something like metal window screen on the bottom to keep the smaller burning chunks from falling on your wood mounting platform. Like your idea and how it turned out!

AmateurHour (author)Stavros!2015-06-21

I ended up putting a steel mesh in the bottom to keep most of the charcoal from falling through. Something more sturdy would definitely be better though.

kunibert (author)2015-06-17

I just thought: why not leave away the cap and attach a blower to the pipe? Maybe with a regulator to control the airflow and thus the heat? Hmm, possibilities...

AmateurHour (author)kunibert2015-06-18

Great idea! There's definitely enough room in the base to fit a fan if you hollowed it out.

kunibert (author)AmateurHour2015-06-18

or drill a hole and attach a second pipe and on that end attach the fan. But that'd require a weld. And I'd weld shut all the other holes in the rim, so that there's only the one in the middle to allow air in.

luckyedboy66 (author)kunibert2015-06-21

All you'd need is a T-fitting if you want to avoid welds.

anne.selmon (author)2015-06-21

Just like the ones available in the state parks around here, but fancier.

awiner (author)2015-06-16

How do you keep the ashes from falling down on your nice base just as a suggestion I would get a piece of thin steel to cut and place in the base

AmateurHour (author)awiner2015-06-16

Right now I use a fine steel mesh to line the bottom of the rim (I forgot to mention that in the steps). It catches most of it and any that falls through isn't bad to wash off. You're right though, a cut piece of steel would offer better protection.

BrianJewett (author)AmateurHour2015-06-21

You don't want to close of the holes in the bottom to fresh air though. Would a pie tin be the right size to fit inside for an ash pan?

5mile (author)2015-06-21

Its the most elegant looking grill I have ever seen.

LazloH (author)2015-06-21

Voted for this one. Well executed.

Madman60 (author)2015-06-19

How about using Aluminium tire rim?

Will it give out harmful substances when heated?

AmateurHour (author)Madman602015-06-19

I know aluminum melts at 1221 F and charcoal grills can get as high as 700 F so it could work. The only problem with using galvanized steel is that the coating comes off as a poisonous gas at around 400 F. I used stainless steel for most of the hardware which melts at 1450 F but I would think aluminum would work just as well for the rim. I'd do a bit of research before you build though.

wpierce3 (author)AmateurHour2015-06-21

Most aluminum wheels have coatings and such I'd bit advise them

ajcaleb (author)2015-06-21

Cool but why not stop by a tire shop and have them remove the old tire.

Another suggestion is to use two rims. One for the base and the other for the grill or you can simply anchor it in the ground with a cement base. Great idea and great work!

jabony1269 (author)ajcaleb2015-06-21

@ajcaleb: I had the same thought. "Great minds think alike", maybe?

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