Turn Gas Grill Into Charcoal Grill

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Introduction: Turn Gas Grill Into Charcoal Grill

This is my first instructable so bear with me on it. Oh and if you like it please vote for me!
This instructable will explain how to turn a broken gas grill into a charcoal or wood chip grill.

Step 1: Gather Materials

You will need:
an old Gas Grill
Charcoal
Maybe Pliers
Drill for making vent hole

Step 2: Disassemble the Gas Components

In this step you need to take all the Gas parts off of the old grill.
You don't want any thing left that could possibly cause an explosion. (This means remove the propane cylinder!)

Step 3: Make a Vent

You need to make two vent holes in the lid. Make them about the size of a quarter. We put one on each side of the lid. If you want to smoke the meat you will need to cover the holes. (Wad up alumunium foil and stuff in holes or find a bolt that is the same size of hole to block off the hole.)

Step 4: Add Charcoal

Now that you have taken off all the gas parts you can lift the grill rack and put in the charcoal or wood chips.

Step 5: Light It Up

Light the charcoal and replace the grill rack.

Step 6: Add Meat

Add your meat and begin cooking as you normally would with any charcoal grill.

Step 7: Eat

Now that the food is cooked; eat and enjoy!

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Awesome! Thank you so much! Ironically I have that same grill as well! Quick Question tho...where do you drill the vent holes?

found a free grill on craigslist (the exact same one you did it on ironically!!) in the process of converting it right now!! thanks for the redneck grill instructions! you're awesome=D!!

I have the exact same grill... It doesn't work well anymore and instead of buying a new one, I told my mom that I'll turn it into a charcoal grill for her. This is exactly what I planed to do, and it is reassuring that someone else has successfully done it.

That was a nice instructable.  I have to admit I have not seen a string of comments get so off subject as this one, though.  It was hilarious. 

I am pleased to see that I am not the only one who takes delight in using  the greatest amount of firepower to eradicate a simple vermin/varmint.  And I thought all of you were just nerds!

Alot of gas grills are made of aluminum and can't stand up to the extreme heat of charcoal. Make sure you cook in a place that wouldn't detract from your home value if the grill was reduced to a molten lump.

cool simple good idea don't burn food

Me? Never! The trick to not burning food is to flip frequently and move away from coals if it gets too hot.

great idea, but the meet looks bretty burned, does it have anything to do with the depth of this braai?

Same grill I made into a "planting" trolley for mom by removing entire middle grill section and slapping a old piece of plywood on top.