The Perfect Barbeque

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About: I'm from the deep forests in Sweden but have traveled the world for the past 7 years. Recently moved back home to my newly bought house with a fantastic workshop so you can look forward to more projects in t...

A portable barbeque can be yours for a lot less than if you would buy one in the store. The materials for this one costed me around 4000 swedish kronor, or around 600 US dollars.

Step 1: The Base

First we need a base, it's optional how you want to build it but I decided to have a cupboard to cover the sink and bucket for wast water.
I put two wheels on it to be able to move it. But I recommend to put another two wheels on the other side because it will get very heavy with the concrete top.

Step 2: Making the Sink

FIrst I bought the barbeque, cutting board and sink.
Then I started building on the frame for the concrete with sized holes holes where they will fit. The hole for the cutting board is made by two layers of wood. One in the same size as the cutting board, and one a little smaller. I wanted it to be empty underneath the cutting board to save some weight.
The reinforcing bar is made from an old dog cage. The smaller holes the stronger it will be. Make sure it doesn't touch the bottom of the frame which will be the top surface when it's complete.
Dont forget to add a bolt on either side to be able to attach it to the wodden frame.
Take your time when you add the concrete, make sure you dont get any air bubles inside.

Step 3: Adding the Final Accessories

Unfortunately I didn't take any photos while attaching the sink to the frame but it's a bit tricky. Be carefull not to get any cracks in the concrete.
Add as many hooks, and things as you find necessary.
It's all in the detailes.

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    nordclub

    2 years ago

    i am going try to make this one , please can you give me the sizes ?

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    Tdonovan76

    3 years ago

    How do you make the holes for the cutting board, sink and barbecue? Do you push them out once the concrete is hard?

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    molarinTdonovan76

    Reply 3 years ago

    I made them in the frame before I added the concrete.

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    Tdonovan76molarin

    Reply 3 years ago

    Ok. But what is filling in the holes while the concrete dries? Is it wood or foam?

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    richard2012

    3 years ago

    I poured my entire kitchen counter tops, and peninsula (around 60 square feet ), with sink, and in counter cook top. I used a cement free castable, and carbon fiber mesh as reinforcement, with 3/8" steel rebar framing the sink and stove cutouts. Then coated the whole thing with a 2 part high temp food approved epoxy. The reson for using cfc instead of conventional concrete is to reduce the possibility of thermal fractures.

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    chrwei

    3 years ago on Introduction

    how well has the concrete top held up to the heat? would you be willing to add another picture now that it's a year old?

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    molarinchrwei

    Reply 3 years ago

    There hasn't been any problems with the heat. I can upload a photo when I get back to the house again.

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    bk-paradox

    3 years ago on Introduction

    I was wondering if you could help me out, I am trying to connect my garden hose to a kitchen sink much like you have, Did you just use a 3/4" to 1/2" adapter to connect them?

    Nice project, really good having it portable.

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    molarincgrove1

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Any photos of the project when it was complete? Would be great to see!

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    L7

    4 years ago

    Great project, bad instruction.

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    tn.L7

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    i didn't have a problem with following it. if he were to put down every step by step (building the frame, pouring the top, installing the sink, etc), you'd be complaining it was too long.

    i'm already planning my kitchen island around this instructible.

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    molarintn.

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    I'm a bit curious to see what your kitchen island looks like :)

    A photo perhaps?

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    Ricardo FuriosoL7

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, well, it seems that this one has turned out as an inspiration, not a recipe.
    Let's please encourage each other to show what we have done, and hopefully
    how we have done it.
    It's important for us all (including me because I'm prone to criticism) to remember that the only thing that people who write and shoot and work hard at building Instructables get in return is our applause, appreciation, and encouragements.
    I, for one, have made a decision to post a lot more encouragements.

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    acuchetto

    4 years ago

    Thank you for this idea. Thank you, too, for inspiring others to offer constructive criticism. (Even the very harsh comments can be seen as positive in that they show you have project worthy of reaction and thought.)

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    Nyxius

    4 years ago on Introduction

    I build grills (among other things) part time to supplement my income, and I can not recommend this type of firebox. It has cold spots and is susceptible to grease damage over a very short time unless very careful care is taken. I would very much recommend either a cast iron or cast aluminum fire box. It helps with heat distribution, and will last 25+ years with only moderate preventative maintenance. Also if you want to prolong the life of your slab, then you need to put some kind of ceramic insulator between the firebox and the slab. If nothing is handy, you can reinforce a strip of concrete with fiberglass insulation. The heat cycles, if left untweaked, can cause spalling, and pitting over the course of only a couple of years.

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    NyxiusNyxius

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    A nifty project if you have the time is to cast your own firebox out of aluminum pop can tops. The aluminum in the top of the can is a medium grade mixture of aluminum and magnesium, and has excellent strength characteristics.

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    tn.Nyxius

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    ..... which is something i would totally do! holy yikes, i never even thought that would be possible!

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    Nyxiustn.

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Better start drinking more beer then. You'll need about 11 kilos of aluminum.