How to Build a Grill out of a 55 Gallon Drum

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Learning how to build a grill out of a 55 gallon drum can be an exhilarating adventure that brings you back to the true roots of grilling.


Not only can this homemade grill be fun to make, but it is also rather inexpensive and can lead to some delightful down home barbeque flavor. Here are a few simple instructions on exactly how to build a 55 gallon drum in the comfort of your very own backyard.

Things You'll Need

  • 55 Gallon Drum
  • Masking Tape
  • Sawzall
  • Angle Iron
  • Welding Torch
  • Ribs
  • First things first you are going to want to get your hands on a 55 gallon drum. Often times you can find old drums at the local junkyard or automobile shops may even be giving them away. Have a look around and you are sure to find a drum that is perfect for the job.

  • Once you have the drum in your possession you are going to want to divide it into quarters. For this you can use masking tape to make sure your measurements, and eventually your cuts, are perfectly even. Now, slowly and accurately cut out one quarter or the 55 gallon drum with a Sawzall. This quarter section will eventually become the lid for the grill.

  • Next, take some angle iron and weld it so it can be used as support for the grill. Make a rectangular shape out of the angled iron and weld it into place in the middle of the oil drum. This will hold the grill in place and also provide support for the entire grill as a whole.

  • After you have welded the iron into the grill; you need to find a proper mesh metal that can be used as the primary grill. Sometimes the best choice can be a heavier metal. To ensure safety you want to make sure that all the edges of the mesh metal are tacked down so they are not as sharp. This will make it easier to scrub clean after grilling your mouth watering delicacies.

  • Basically, that is your grill made from a 55 gallon drum. Now you are going to want to pick out an appropriate location and build a stand for your wonderful homemade grill. You can use and bend some metal pieces into moon shapes and weld them onto the bottom of your grill. This will create a sturdy cradle that you can attach legs onto.

  • Find some strong metal like 2 X 1 steel for the legs. Do not be scared to cut relief marks throughout the legs. This will allow the whole device to have a little bit of give which will give it more durability in the long run. Attach the legs and presto, you have your very own, inexpensive and efficient 55 gallon drum grill.

  • Learning how to build a grill out of a 55 gallon drum can be a little time consuming on your part but the finished product is well worth it. Not only will your friends marvel at the sight of your creation, but you will save money and be treated to a truly unique grilling experience.

  • Don't forget to check out the resources area below for added help. Be sure to take a look at my other how to articles by going to my profile.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to use safety gear.

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