BBQ Contest

No BBQ contest this year? Last years was so much fun.

Posted by branonls 7 years ago


Green Barbeque

For the eco-grillmaster: charcoal or gas? Slate explores this issue. The result, of course, depends--but surprisingly enough, charcoal may be the better option for the environment. Link

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Instructables Double Feature!

Thursday July 24thUpdate: we are at Speedway meadow, not Lindley.Come join Instructables in Golden Gate Park for a wet and wild evening of fun, food and games. Our beloved interns will be leading some kickball, frisbee, and DIY games, while the rest of the Instructables crew will be firing up the grill for a potluck BBQ. You can count on us to bring the main course and refreshments. We're counting on you to bring those killer side dish creations that you've been perfecting! So, time to break out the killer 'slaw recipe and the rest of your PDQ BBQ Contest Creations. If you still need some inspiration, check out some our all-time favorite BBQ side dishes:- Mediterranean Summer Salad- Basic Island Coleslaw- Grilled Peaches- Southern-Style Sweet Tea- Sun Dried WatermelonAnd let us not forget the music and dancing robots!Location:Golden Gate Park (Lindley Meadow), 5 - 8 pm. Friday July 25thInstructables Show and Tell!We are hosting a very special show and tell as part of the closing festivities for Instructacon v1.0. Come one, come all and bring whatever it is you're working on, thinking about working on or can't stand to work on any longer and share it with some of the Bay Area's finest makers and shakers. Even if you haven't been working on anything, come anyway! As with all past show and tells, a fun time for all is guaranteed. Location:489 Clementina St. 7 - 9 pm

Posted by randofo 9 years ago


What would you do with a big satellite dish?

That's right. I have just become the proud owner of a big oldschool satellite dish. It is made from fiberglass and has some of its support/mounting hardware. I have some ideas about what I want to do with it but I'd be glad to hear your ideas too! Brainstorm away!

Asked by snotty 6 years ago



Introducing the Kiteman number

Seeing the new Kiteman 'ible "Welding a barbeque", it strikes me we ought to develop a "kiteman number" here, like the Erdos number beloved of mathematicians. The K-number is the number of steps between your 'ibles collaborators and Kiteman. Clearly Perryscope, Kiteman's co-conspirator on the barbeque has a K-number of 1. I myself claim K-number of 1 too. If you collaborate with someone with a Knumber of 1, then you have a knumber of 2 etc. What's yours ? Steve

Posted by steveastrouk 7 years ago


whats the best chemicals coat a match with in order to get a green, purple or blue flame?

I am going to make some matches that burn different coloures to make some money at school, and my attempt to make copper carbonate by electrolosis has failed, as it turns out only copper exposed to air during electrolsis carbonated. anyway, i need to know what will make the strongest colour flame on a match stick (probably barbeque matches not normal small ones), so that it is allmost entirely either green, purple or blue. right now i have a 1kg copper rod i found on the roud which i can use to make copper chloride, as i can get that easily, but i have heard that it lets off toxic fume so i am not sure, plus i dont know if the matches will burn hot enoguh to make the copper chloride go green.

Asked by oldmanbeefjerky 7 years ago


Expertise needed on melting and remolding plastic (PP, HDPE etc.) at home with hand made molds... there must be a way!

Hi, I want to make a rough casing for a project out of plastic of some kind. I tried the potato plastic instructables, but I'm not really happy with the result. So I attempted to melt down some plastic chips broken from old plastic casings (I think the plastic was polypropylene) in an old can on a barbeque (good as it was outside). This didn't work as I kept heating the plastic chips even when they became a bit soggy as I expected them to become much more liquid. This is because I hoped to 'pour' the molten plastic into a mold. Before this happened however the plastic caught fire. So, I was wondering if I heated them in a more sealed environment would the lack of oxygen make it possible to achieve a more molten consistency without the plastic igniting? Some plastics on consumer electricals have flame retardants... surely these would stop the plastic from igniting? If the plastic won't ever become liquid/molten, then I assume to mold it you have to have very high pressures (like commercial injection molding machines)... any ideas as to how to acieve these kind of pressures easily at home? I think with so much 'waste' plastic out there it'd be great to work out some easyish way of remolding it at home! Any help appreciated! Thomas

Asked by themassoftoe 9 years ago


Homework Excuses thet will be the Talk of the Teachers Lounge

When you forget your homework, it's nice to add some humor to the situation and make the teacher laugh (hopefully).  Here are some excuses I came up with: "It fell into the Twilight Zone!" "My Chicken was in my room while I was doing it, and his diaper fell off.  I figured you didn't want it in the classroom, so I saved everyone the drama and chucked it in the chicken coup for them to enjoy.  Your welcome, by the way." "Well, just as I was finishing, I heard a 'er-er-reh-ah', and my paper turned into o paper figure.  Then there was a 'er-er-er-ee', and it transformed into a paper airplane and flew out the window!  The last thing I saw was a Decepticon insignia on the back.  I'd watch out.  It's a new era of Decepticons!" "My cat ate it, horked it up, and told me to clean it up.  I've got it in a plastic baggy, if you still want it." "Four penguins came into my room, took it, and told me they needed it for a top secret mission.  The leader told me 'You didn't see anything!'.  I assure you, it's being put to good use." "I was doing this outside, when this little green block-thing came up, looked at me, screamed, then blew up.  It's all ash now, so it's useless, so, I drew a picture of a creeper instead!" "Homework doesn't exist in my dimension." "Megatron stole it!  I'm telling you, I wasn't going to NOT give it to him!  He had a blaster in my face and everything!  I spent the rest of the night trying to figure out what happened, so I absolutely had NO time left for re-doing it." "I lost it in a mine.  If you want to find it, the world name is 'Procrastination'." "The neighborhood dog chased me, took the homework in his jaws, and told me 'This ain't over!'  I cannot tell you why he said that, because that is my bussiness." "I ate it.  It was bland until I added barbeque sauce." "Harry Potter turned it into a toad!  I yelled at him to turn it back, but he turned it into $1 million, and I am NOT giving it to you now!" "The TV hypnotized me into thinking it was a rabid squirrel, so I ended up smacking it into oblivion." "Function error; please define 'homework', or reboot." Please check out TheOneAndOnlyMissingNo.'s instructable on fake Windows XP error messages: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Make-a-Windows-XP-Error-Message/ Its a lot of fun to make, and printing them and giving them to your teacher would be funny as well. NOTE: Realizing now that it might insult the teacher (Thanks, Kiteman), if you DO use one of these, just come clean at the end, smile, and Say "Yes, I forgot to do it.  It won't happen again."

Posted by DeceptibotX 6 years ago


Setting up two forges...

Basically I have two ideas, one of which I'm pretty ready to make now and another which will take a little longer to make, one is a tiny forge, like desktop sized, for working at home and the other is a much larger forge for big metalwork projects, thankfully the large one will actually require less parts scavenging as I have plenty of acces to scrap material and there's a brickyard over the wall from us which will do me the necessary materials very cheap, mainly because I did a little forklift driving for them for larger heavyweight loads over three tonnes. That's all well and good a big one I can get my head round easily enough, But. How would I go about making a tiny forge and I mean miniscule, it's main purpose is for heating to cast for my specialist parts I prefer making and the other is for low material single cast jewellry my mum makes (she used to own a jewewllry business and still makes the odd bespoke items. But my main question is how I can build a reliable yet compact forge and furnace, from what I have sitting around I'm sure I can come up with a decent fuel source, ranging from butane torches and stoves, both of which can do propane and I could go to natural gas (we have a special plug out the back for gas barbeques the house had it when we came...) but my other questions are a bit more odd, first of all what would make a great crucible, I need something that'll be fairly invincible to the hardships caused by life, as the other liely user of the forge and furnace is very forgetful and sometimes accident prone. Next up is the housing, would it be feasible to use a single block of thermocrete cast to make the main furnace housing, as in everything is but the fuel and air source holes and the crucible hole would be one block, as it stands that seems like the best way to make it simple and effective, plus it would be pretty airtight where needed. Next question is the fuel and temperatures, I know that butane at full combustion get 1300C and 1000C is a practicable operating temp. for a butane item but what about propane or even natural gas, since it would be very cheap and clean burning... I'm a bit of a noob towards this end of the scale, I can make stuff hot and I can do alot with these things but actual forge and furnace making is a little beyond me on this scale, however I can think of several advantages to my baby furnace, including the practical movement of it, as it could be self contained very easily. The pic was just one of the last pictures that's remotely intersting I uploaded, however it raises it's own points as the jet engine basically welded all it's components forward of the flame together.

Posted by killerjackalope 10 years ago