How to Make a Cheap Charcoal Grill

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You can make a simple charcoal grill in just a few minutes from household items.
You can make a simple charcoal grill in just a few minutes from household items. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

If you enjoy cooking food over charcoal but do not own a charcoal grill, make one from a few household items. This can be useful if you are in a pinch or you do not want to spend on a pre-assembled grill. You will need a few items from your kitchen and some simple bricks or cinder blocks to construct your grill. It may not be the prettiest grill you've ever seen, but it will get the job done.

Things You'll Need

  • Cookie sheet
  • Aluminum foil
  • Charcoal briquettes
  • Oven grate
  • Red bricks or cinder blocks
  • Matches or lighter
  • Grilling tongs
  • Oven mitts

Line the bottom of a cookie sheet with two layers of aluminum foil. This will be used as a tray for the charcoal briquettes, so use an older cookie sheet if you have one. The foil will help keep the cookie sheet from being scorched by the hot coals.

Remove one of the grates from your oven.

Go outside and place the cookie sheet in a safe place to grill. Make a pile of charcoal briquettes in the center of the cookie sheet.

Place a cinder block or a red brick at each of the four corners of the cookie sheet. If you use bricks, you may want to set them upright to make them taller.

Light the charcoal briquettes with a match or lighter. Allow them to burn for several minutes and, using grilling tongs, spread them out evenly on the cookie sheet.

Put on a pair of oven mitts. Position the oven grate directly above the four bricks or cinder blocks and set it down so the corners rest firmly on the bricks. You can also place a brick on top of the grate at each of the four corners to weigh it down and keep it from moving.

Use the grill as you normally would once the coals are hot enough.

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