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Cook a Burger with Your Tailpipe Answered

Why waste all that heat out your tailpipe when you can cook a burger with it? We've seen an instructable on how to [https://www.instructables.com/id/Cooking...-with-your-car/ cook with your car], but this concept shows a simple device for grilling on the go.

It looks like it's still just an idea, but where else can we harness energy that would otherwise just heat up the air?




7 years ago

Would you like some Carbon Monoxide on that?


Try exhaust burgers for that true smoked flavor!

The catalitic and manifold are the only parts of a vehicle hot enough for a safe meat and then the meat must be protected from fumes and dirt. NOT IMPOSIBLE, I DID IT WHILE IN THE ARMY. Use can with a lid with a small hole for steam to escape. Eat as soon as you stop.

the only flaw i see in it is the gases would come in contact with the burger. it could be easily modified to not have the gases touch it.

I have your burger ready, just let me scrape off this dead skunk and mud. No, I think I would rather go to Burger King.

Dead skunk and mud, or Burger King? Kinda pretending there's a choice there, huh?

I don't eat any of that crap. Closest to fast food is when I get a sub from Publix.

I agree. I don't care for fast food myself. The only fast food I enjoy is rabbit and pheasant, and venison ;-) . Really, we have a number of Subway shops in the area, low fat, medium carb, make them pretty much as you like, subs. But not much else for me either.

fast food = rabbit, etc. because it can run fast.... :-)

Our Subway does make a decent sub though.

Very funny idea. First, you will need to climb a mountain to ensure enough heat. This isn't going to work if you just park the car and let it idle. If that is your plan, just go to a burger shop and for the cost of a gallon of gas, you can have all the fixins with your burger! Enjoy the savings since you don't need to buy that April Fools contraption.

I prefer engine compartment eggs, though sometimes they come out semi scrambled due to speedbumps, I suspect that you could cook sausages in a similr way by making an airtight case for them... Also the catalytic converter could do great cooking as it has a nice big hot surface Isolated from exhaust gases...

This is, however, and interesting concept. A lot of energy is wasted while driving. Electric, heat, et cetera. We should be looking at more ways, like this, although more practical, to be harnessing that energy.

wouldnt that poision you?

When it is working well, it shouldn't. Note the picture entitled: Smoke Path. There you can see that the exhaust bypasses and is isolated from the meat. Now, if you drove into a deep puddle, all bets are off LOL

psychologically, i would find it a bit nerving to eat that burger knowing that it was cooked from where the car's deadliest gases were released......then again...thats only me. ...im hungry now...


10 years ago

That burger would taste awful. Probably not good for you either with all of the smoke.

It would probably be deadly if it was directly smoked as you say. The plan is really that the exhaust heats up the grill that then heats the meat. There's no direct contact as you can see in the smoke path there. It'd be better if the burger was on top, though. Then there's less worry about hitting a bump and your patty falling onto the asphalt.

The smoke would still hit the burger though. How do you think the exhaust gets hot? The burger would get smoked with burnt gas.

no gas would hit the burger, it just heats the metal.

Eventually, the seals would leak and some gas would get in from the outside. I just wonder how popular it will be to retrieve a hamburger from underneath the car when you are hungry LOL

it would loom wierd, watching someone take something from their tailpipe, put it on bread and eat it

No need to look that far afield. Here's one from our own trebuchet03:

[https://www.instructables.com/id/Cooking...-with-your-car/ Cooking... with your car]

Yeah, I was having some troubles finding that for some reason.....Now, with the price of gasoline, it is almost cheaper to stay home and use the electric grill LOL

PS: I just can not imagine crawling under the car to get a hamburger though, maybe that is just me?

"Do you want fries with that?"