Do It Yourself: How To Build A Built-In Barbecue Grill

How to build a built in barbecue grill in your own back yard, the do it yourself way, with car tire rims.

Achieve the same great results of outdoor cooking by building your own BBQ grill. A mixture of common sense and a little creativity are the first steps.

A few materials needed for a sturdy, upright Rim-Base Grill are three car tire rims and one or two dump truck or semi-trailer rims. Optional components include flexible sheet metal, approximately two feet tall by three feet long. Another circular piece to fit over the first, forming a wind or rain block. Also needed to affix the skirting and cap are bolts and washers, a drill, and spray paint.

Not sure where to find tire rims? Most salvage yards are happy to comply. Or, do you have a neighbor that you're not on speaking terms with, only because their yard has more car parts than mowed grass? Go say, "Hello." While you're there, the sheet metal, bolts, and most likely a few old grill parts are also available. Otherwise, grill accessories, bricks, and sheet metal can be found in most hardware stores, gardening and home remodeling centers.



To begin, center one of the truck tire rims on a sturdy foundation. If unable to locate two, level the area with sand or form a cement base. Place three car-tire rims upon the truck rim or alternative base. If a barrier around grilling surface is desired, trim the sheet metal to fit half way around the top of the remaining truck rim, belly side of the rim down. Drill four holes to anchor the sheet to the outside of the rim. Only a few bolts will last thirty years. Having access to an old grill will supply the top fixture. Cut the circular portion it half, crimp the edges and anchor it to the top of the first sheet.

If necessary, place another sheet of aluminum or other pliable metal inside the bowl of the top rim to contain the charcoal. Do not completely cover the rim holes. Center the top rim onto the car rims and confirm that all of the rims are aligned and centered to each other.

Apply a coat of rust protective paint to the rims. Another full-size round grill will supply the grill rack.

A fire pit also sets a great stage for cooking out. Some home centers sell kits for permanent and even movable fire pits.

Clear the area of brush, limbs, and other flammable debris. Mark off a circle approximately eight to ten-feet across. Fill this area with three inches of sand. Place a truck tire rim in the center.

After centering the rim, place another inch of sand around the pit. Use a decorative stone or a layer of fire bricks to spruce op the containment area. Or simply add a thin layer or loose stone. Trim the circumference with larger stone or a decorative patio brick wall. This will keep the sand from spilling out, and delay the lawn from growing in. Apply another inch of sand over the stone, then water the area to set the stone. Allow a small amount of room around the base of the fire bowl for the up-draft.

A tripod grill stand can be found at camping supply stores or most discount chain stores. If unfamiliar with this item, there's a bit of frustration with balancing the grill rack, but it's portability and ease of assembly make it more convenient than not.

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