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How to Build Your Own BBQ Barrel

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As far as backyard metal projects go, what could be more appropriate for a long summer day than a barrel barbecue? For a project to be great it must have two major qualities: inexpensive to make and practical to use. A barrel barbecue has both, and can be completed easily in one day.

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Step 1: The Preparations

First, empty out all the excess things from the barrel and clean the inside surface. Then cut the opening for the grill and to make the lid for the grill.

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Step 2: The Stand

The idea is to place the barrel safely in the right angle to perform the BBQ. Since we are focusing on money saving DIYs, you can easily use some metal pipes available in any junkyard and have them welded at your local ironsmiths who make iron gates and fences. If you want you can even use wood or bamboos to keep it upright, just make sure to nail it and tie it properly to make a solid structure.

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Step 3: Attaching the lid & grill grates

Add brackets (easily available in any hardware store) to hold the grills and to keep the lid from falling inside, as well as a lower rack to hold the coals and allow for air circulation. Be sure to purchase stainless steel brackets and hinges. Normally the thin iron nets that’s used in local grills is also a good choice for a low budget option.

Since we are focusing on money saving DIYs, you can easily use some metal pipes available in any junkyard and have them welded at your local ironsmiths who make iron gates and fences.

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Step 4: Burn off the inside

Light a fire in the barrel to burn off any paint or coating and other remnants. This will keep the barrel clean for future BBQ’s and keep it clear of hygiene issues and smell.

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Step 5: Finishing Touches

Last steps in the construction are to add a handle and air vents. Again you can refer to the junkyards and find an old unused handle that can come handy, all you need is something to hold on to while opening and closing the hot lid. You also spray the barrel with a high heat resistant paint that’s available in the paint stores. Besides customizing the color a little, the paint helps prevent rust on the barrel. Now the only thing left is to test it in a real-life BBQ situation, so go on then fire it up!

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