How to Build a Wood-Burning Grill

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Building a wood-burning grill is a simple task that only requires a few materials and less than an hour. A wood-burning grill is quite different from a charcoal or gas grill because the burning wood will infuse your food with tasty flavors. Any grill is a great feature to have during the warmer months as it will often act as a focal point for casual cookouts and get-togethers.

Things You'll Need

  • Gravel
  • Large tire rim
  • Chunks of hardwood
  • Lighter fluid
  • Grill lighter or matches
  • Cooking grate
  • Lay down the gravel base. Gravel is a non-flammable material, so it needs to be large enough to fit the tire rim. The gravel patch must be deep enough so that no blades of grass poke through.

  • Add the tire rim, placing it on top of the gravel. Press the rim down into the gravel to secure it into place.

  • Place the chunks of hardwood into your new grill and saturate the wood with lighter fluid. Do not use softwood such as pine, which does not burn clean and will make your food taste like creosote.

  • Insert the grill grate, placing it directly on top of the tire rim. For the grate to rest securely on top, it should be a little larger than the tire rim.

  • Ignite the wood with a match or a grill lighter. Allow the wood to burn for at least 30 minutes before adding your food to ensure that the lighter fluid has been burned away. The fire should burn down a bit so you do not burn your food.

  • Place your food on the cooking grate and grill as you normally would.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place your wood-burning grill away from outdoor buildings or trees to prevent fire hazards from flying embers.

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