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This is how to make a nice big firebowl for a BBQ really fast in the workshop..
 
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Step 1: The Bowl

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Get a nice top of a boiler.. (sometimes scrapyards have them lying around).
This time I bought one, was about 100€.
800mm in diameter and 6mm thickness

Step 2: Find the center

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Find the exact center and drill a hole, 5mm should do..

Step 3: Draw a circle

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draw a circle where you think the legs should be attached to the bowl later.
not too far to the outside, a little bit more than half way from the middle looks good.
just stick the drill back in the center hole and use a piece of string as a compass.. easy.

Step 4: Have a coffee..

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because now comes the tricky part..

Step 5: Divide

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divide the circle in three equal segments, 120 degrees,
mark the circle.

Step 6: Length of legs

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determine the lenght of the legs (A to B). This is a good way to do this.
cut three of them, i used 20mm pipe, strong enough.
choose the lenght carefully, so in the end the bowl will be at the right height and look good later on..

Step 7: Weld the legs on

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take your time doing this, it has to be as exact as possible..

Step 8: The feet

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now turn the whole thing around and attach some feet.
usually every metal workshop has some of these discs lying around for some reason..
they will prevent the legs from sinking into the ground later, the whole thing is quite heavy already :)

Step 9: Handles

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yes, the whole thing is already heavy and will also be very hot when used, so
let's attach some handles.
i used some 30x6 flat steel and some leftover pipe.

but attaching handles like this would make the firebowl very wide, so i came up
with the idea of making them with moveable joints:

Step 10: Handles pt.2

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this looks much better i think.
just double the flat metal, drill holes and put bolts through. use washers in between.
then weld to the bowl.
be shure to make some good welds, they will have to carry the whole thing :)
rgill47 months ago
I need to know how to make the tripod grill thing please help!!!!!
Eh Lie Us!9 months ago
Awesome. That must have been an incredible cup of coffee!
astral_mage10 months ago
hey have u given the thought of putting copper tubing on the bottom to heat water up as well.
Wheatridge10 months ago
That was an magnificent piece of work. I, however, think I will stick with wood in my workshop. I was exhausted just following your progress. Did you know that you can purchase a 22" Webber in the UK for that 140 Euros?
yes but, itill b around 1- 3 mm in thickness vs. 1 cm or so of the boiler. plus u can load the boiler top much more the thin tin u get. plus the heat retention will be higher.
Majornav10 months ago
Great instructable! Recommend insulated handles such as a wood dowel for safety's sake. I would weld threaded receptacle onto the grill for the legs to screw into. Makes it portable and you can replace a bent leg if needed.
hukkitorte (author)  Majornav10 months ago
good idea to make it more portable! insulated handles also..
but those legs won't bend that easily ;)
yavid10 months ago
Awesome. I'd like to see more pics of that welding table too! Did you build that?
hukkitorte (author)  yavid10 months ago
thx! no, the welding table is not selfmade. worked for years now with a regular self-built table but my usual job requires much more precision so this is the weapon of choice:
http://www.siegmund-group.com/de/Schweisstische,3.php
there`s no better table. :)

Korvinst yavid10 months ago
That welding table and its tools would worth an instructable. Especially if it was made by you
bsodergren yavid10 months ago
Could you imagine drilling all of those holes though!
static10 months ago
Msny build "fire pit" by using damaged beyond repair disks fro farm one ways or disk harrows. This project here is a good idea to file into one's mind...
chuckyd10 months ago
Be sure to thoroughly clean the bowl. There is no telling what has been in an industrial bolier, so be careful. Scrubbing with an acid, then a base, and then several rinses should do it.
jessyratfink10 months ago
I love the way it looks - great work!
hukkitorte (author)  jessyratfink10 months ago
thx
EmcySquare10 months ago
so nice !!