When i met my now wife Melissa , She had this portable camping gas grill in her shed . I remember i kept complimenting on how well built this grill was. Heavy duty steel was used for the base and a stainless steel top. We took in on a camping trip with us . I remember how disappointed i was by how long it took to cook a hamburger . All i could do was stare at it in disbelief.So that got me thinking ! My wife goes now what i can see your head spinning !!! Well This is what i came up with and I'm very pleased with the outcome...
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Step 1: Original Camping Grill
This is the way the grill originally looked as i found it . Just your standard camping grill with your side bottle propane mount . I still cant believe how heavy duty the grill grate was compared to normal grills . The only bad part of this whole grill was that the burner was terrible . It took 30 minutes just to cook a hamburger!!!
Step 2: Recycled Parts
Our everyday grill finally rotted out so i saved the side burner , both propane valves and line, the front valve plate and electronic starter .
Step 3: Disassembling the Original Grill
I unscrewed the bracket from the propane valve from the grill and then unscrewed the valve from the burner.
Step 4: New Burner
I purchased a new duel burner from walmart for $25.00. I assembled the brackets for sitting on the bottom of the grill and mounted the fuel hoses are bendable . It didn't come with a electronic starter so i cut one out a old burner i had from a cheap mini camping grill i had laying around and mounted it to the new burner.
Step 5: Installing New Burner
I drilled (2) 1 inch holes in the bottom of the grill to push the fuel tubes through the holes so the burner would sit flat on the bottom.
Step 6: Fuel Valve Support and Face Plate
I used 1/2 inch square stock for the faceplate support. The original faceplate was to long so i cut it down to fit that size grill. I then used 1 1/2 angle iron to fabricate 2 support brackets to help hold the weight of the facial and fuel valve rail and 2 valves.
Step 7: Side Burner Bracket
To make the side burner work i needed to first make it smaller and second i had to fabricate a bracket to hold it . To make it smaller i unscrewed the burner plate and burner from the bulky framework.
I then made a square frame out of the same 1/2 inch square stock. I then screwed the frame to the side of the grill. I then made some frame supports for the burner so it could handle the weight of the burner and a pot of water or anything else you would cook on a side burner .