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Converting a 55 gallons (200 liters) drum into an oven and grill Answered

On the Chilean TV show Hagalo Usted Mismo (Do it yourself) it is showed how to make a combination of an oven and a grill using a 55 gallon (200 liters) steel drum. Although it is in Spanish, the video shows how to make it step by step. An important note mentioned in the video is that the drum must previously stored non toxic products.


Watching (though not understanding thw words) this looke very much like what I saw in the magazine Mother Earth News some 30 years ago. I am NOT saying they are the same plans, but they work in similar ways. I did this once to make a second "blacksmith's kiln". My other one was a rivet kiln

Do you have pictures? I am itching to start doing some knifemaking and blacksmithing.

Oh I wish.....I was around 20-25 years old at the time.

This link is the article rewritten....

And I happened to find the original 1980 article on it.....or one of them anyways.

If you watch auctions for a "rivet forge" (a handy little easy to move forge....the Black Smith that once was near the entrance of Hersey Park  had one of these.   They normally aren't too much.  

If you need some ideas or would like to get a few quality knives first, this is THE place to  start

AND if I recall correctly, there is an antiuqe/used tool place (in a barn) a bit further out that road.   He handles Smithy tools and such all the time (if he's still in business).

Soy puertorriqueño. Yo pude apreciar el chulengo que usted construyó. Muy bien hecho por supuesto. Lo que mas me gustó de el asado y horno construido en el video fue precisamente el horno. Yo se que usted tiene talento de soldador. Estoy seguro que algun dia usted puede construir un horno y parrillado como este.

Mi "talento" de soldador es DEPLORABLE, y al paso que voy no creo que pueda aprender a soldar antes de morirme. Pero me las arreglo de todas maneras, haciendo tres o cuatro veces cada soldadura y retocándola con la amoladora hasta que quede sólida y medianamente aceptable.

¡Por mas deplorable, usted es mucho mejor que yo! Tan pronto mejore de la cirugía en mi mano izquierda, quiero aprender a soldar en una escuela vocacional cerca de donde vivo. Padecí del sindrome de el túnel carpiano en ambas manos por varios años hasta que por fin los doctores accedieron a que fuera operado.