Introduction: Turn Gas Grill Into Charcoal Grill

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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

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

Step 2: Disassemble the Gas Components

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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

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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

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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

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Light the charcoal and replace the grill rack.

Step 6: Add Meat

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

Step 7: Eat

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Now that the food is cooked; eat and enjoy!


sweetbeyond (author)2016-05-01

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

LawanaV1 (author)2015-05-31

juliamarie32 (author)2012-03-24

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!!

skaterqwertyuiop (author)2010-06-28

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.

desertdog (author)2009-10-08

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!

langflood (author)2009-09-20

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.

skunkbait jr (author)2008-07-05

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?

lugwrench (author)2009-01-28

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.

killerjackalope (author)2008-07-05

Nice job, as linux said pictures but still great... For the vent holes, use a hole saw attachment for a drill and cut the holes out, then either use the off cuts or some new little plates and simply tack, rivet or bolt a single shaft through one side of the cover to the grill top, now you have simple and handy swing around covers...

Hey, I wanted to just shoot the holes in the grill, but since I was at work, they did it the sissy way. I thought I'd trained thekids better than that.

I'll just stay out of this one... Actually shooting things is a good thing, an air rifle is great for indoors hole drilling and even outside stuff, I once sat for half an hour with a lever action treble2 (.22 X 3 power) shooting a smiley face in the side of a shipping container... But small calibre shots make excellent pilot holes for drywall bolts...

Hmmm...indoor stuff sounds a bit scary. Although once my husband shot a rat inside the wall with a cross bow and an inkpen! (It was a grass hut)

haha, I once loaded up the Gas powered airsoft gun I had modified and chased a fly around, I hit it in the end... Other than that I've had to shoot a few other things, not least of which the one legged seagull that had stolen lunch from our work for years, it was fast smart and massive...

Bah! I can take out flies with a rubberband in one attempt..

A pellets a lot smaller, main issue, combine with gratuitous recoil...

Excuses, excuses, thou must have been on teh bottle ehh?

Wow! Sounds like an adventure that you will never forget. We have a few of those too.

Yeah, so I've heard, just wondering what'll happen to this site if the skunkbait jrs. are on it aswell...

They are one is skunkbait jr. and the other is skunkpunk. Jr has an ible of his own. You should check it out.

Bah never knew...

Rishnai (author)Mrs. Skunkbait2008-10-13

When my dad was a kid, he was under standing orders from his mom to use the .22 to shoot all vermin in the house on sight.

Mrs. Skunkbait (author)Rishnai2008-10-13

How much trouble did he get in?

Rishnai (author)Mrs. Skunkbait2008-10-14

For not shooting on sight? I dunno. Once his brother grabbed the .30-06 and opened fire on a "rat that he heard" in the attic. Grandma wasn't too keen on holes in the ceiling with no dead body to show for it, but besides that, no trouble.


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Mrs. Skunkbait (author)skunkbait2008-07-08

Well at least now when I need a hole in a bucket they shoot it for me! So I guess they are trained well enough.

Great idea. We just use what we have laying around but this would be neater and more convenient for some. Thanks for the tip.

Yeah, I caught on from previous conversations with mr. skunkbait that you were that way inclined... For another cool thing you can create little flip top ones using a hinge or even a couple of bits of wire run through to make a hinged flap...

KentsOkay (author)2008-12-16

Great first ible!! Needless to say, charcoal is superior to gas, great way of making use if you et one as a gift or trash purloined.

bradleesargent (author)2008-10-25

Can you do the opposite way, take a charcoal grill and turn it into a gas grill?

Hmmm. I have never even thought of it, but I will ponder and try to come up with a way. There has to be one. Probably pretty easy and cheap too if you have all the parts laying around. I will get back with you on this one. Thanks for asking

Yerboogieman (author)2008-07-15

when i was volunteering for school at safeway, this is what we did, works great Thanks!

cowchip jr (author)2008-07-07

that really was simple. nice pics for a cell phone!

Thanks, I did update and some so some of the pics are from a great coamera. Others from the cell phone! Hope you felt it was good enough to vote for!

LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-07-05

That was simple! (I'd recommend taking better pictures) Nice work!

Thanks for the comment. I agree better pictures would help. Sorry it was last minute thinking and didn't have time to get out the good camera. (These were taken from my cell phone)

Ahh, cellphone, that explains it

Yea I actually have an awesome camera and take lots of great pictures. I just didn't have it with me at the moment!

Good! Are you planning to update it? (Tomorrow when its light)

I will try... I am sick but if I can get someone else to take the pics for me then I will!

Awww, I'm sorry, hope you get better.

Thanks, oh and I just updated with slightly better pictures. Enjoy!

Good job, much better!


implaxis (author)2008-07-06

Hey everybody!! Mrs. Skunkbait is cooking Johnsonville brats!!!

Mrs. Skunkbait (author)implaxis2008-07-06

I am and they are the best!

juanangel (author)2008-07-06

Good idea,but you do not mention if you replace the thin metal at the bottom with a heavier box. And why do you want to replace the original racks, they are heavier and you can close the lid tighter for smoking and cooking.

Mrs. Skunkbait (author)juanangel2008-07-06

We didn't replace any metal. The rack that you see in this one is just one we found. We got our grill from the dump and it didn't have a rack so we just stuck one on it. You would not need to replace anything. But if you feel that the bottom metal needs replacing then go for it. We have been using this one for about 2 yrs with no problems. We have another one that the bottom did eventually fall out of but again we used it for a long time first. Thanks!

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Bio: I am skunkbait's wife. I am the mother of skunkpunk and skunkbait jr. I homeschool the kids, build fishing lures, work my garden, paint ... More »
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