How to Make a Charcoal Grill

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Building your own outdoor charcoal grill can be a very fun and rewarding experience. Instead of buying an expensive grill, save money and make your own! Enjoy all of your grilled meals and add a custom touch to your backyard. Your friends and neighbors will marvel over your creativity!

Things You'll Need

  • Spray paint (any color)
  • Shovel
  • Large metal tire rim (truck or tractor)
  • Garden hose
  • Gravel or landscaping rocks
  • 20 lb. bag of charcoal
  • Grill rack
  • Place the tire rim at the location you intend to make the permanent home of your charcoal grill. Lay it flat on the ground.

  • Trace the tire rim with your can of spray paint; spraying the grass. Once finished, allow to dry.

  • Using the painted marker as a guide, use your shovel to dig approximately six inches down into the soil.

  • Place your tire rim into the ground. Ideally, it should be minimum of eight inches above the ground.

  • Pack the sides with dirt to ensure that it is in the ground securely. Use your garden hose to wet the soil, then use the flat side of your shovel to pack the dirt again.

  • Surround the exterior of your grill with gravel or landscaping rocks. The circumference should be about 4 to 6 inches wide.

  • Place charcoal into your grill. Put grill rack on top. You're ready to grill your first meal!

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure that town and city laws permit in-ground fires. Most towns and cities have rules and restrictions. Stay in compliance with the law!

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