Don’t have a barbecue in your backyard but want one? Of course, you can always buy one but if you’re looking for a conversation starter then DIY-ing is the way to go.
And if you have access to out-of-service beer kegs, this is the DIY grill project for you – beer keg grill!
A beer keg is a sealed container that is used to store, transport, and serve beer. Kegs are made of metals such as stainless steel or aluminium and have a valve at the top that is used to dispense the beer. Kegs are often used by breweries and bars to serve large quantities of beer at once and can be reused multiple times.
Before beginning any project that involves using a beer keg, it is important to obtain the keg from its owner with their permission. Beer kegs are part of breweries’ capital outlay and are very expensive, so it is illegal to get beer kegs without their permission.
The breweries will decide if their beer kegs are good for scrapping and you will have to get a certification that proves the unit is no longer their property. When you’ve finally acquired an out-of-service beer keg from your local brewery, the next thing to do is to be sure to inspect it for any damage or wear that could potentially make it unsafe to use and to make sure that the keg is depressurized.
This is very important for your safety, especially since this project involves cutting the unit in half! If you do not know how this process is done, ask for help from someone who does. With a little bit of care and preparation, you can easily repurpose a beer keg into a great grill for your next outdoor gathering.
Also be sure to wear proper protective gear at all times.
Working with barrels/beer kegs is usually challenging, so take all the necessary precautions before actually doing the beer keg grill project.
For more step-by-step information on how you can turn a beer keg into this featured DIY grill project, head over to the tutorial linked below!
You’ll need these materials:
- Old Beer Keg
- Heavy-duty Steel Door Hinge
- Scrap Steel Stock
- Scrap Aluminum Plate
- Small Bolts and Washers (various)
- Store-bought Grill Grate
And these tools:
- Angle Grinder (with cutting wheel and bonded flexible abrasive wheel)
- Manual Shear
- Files (for deburring edges, shaping wood)
- MIG Welder
- Welding Angle Magnets
- Vice Grips Pliers
You can get step-by-step instructions from ilpug over here…
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