DIY Steel Car Rim Barbecue Grill
by Bevin Chu
October 1, 2012
Back in the late 80s I had the idea of turning an ordinary salvaged steel car rim into a portable barbecue grill.
My idea was to take a steel car rim:
Bolt it onto a standard four pronged restaurant table base:
Then add a wire cooking grate:
This would result in a convenient waist height barbeque grill that did not require stooping.
The parts shown in the photos are new. I would of course use recycled parts wherever possible and appropriate.
Because I was constantly moving from one city to another, I never got around to actually doing it. Lo and behold however, the same idea occurred to others, who did follow through, who confirmed that it was indeed an excellent idea.
Here are two outstanding examples. The first is supported by four short chrome plated steel Ikea cabinet legs from below. The second is supported by two long galvanized steel chains from above.
Rolling BBQ! How to make a BBQ out of an old Wheel
hanging barbecue grill
Incidentally, I see no reason why one couldn't make one out of an old mag wheel either.
Alternative: A DIY Galvanized Steel Water Bucket Barbecue Grill
An even cheaper, more expedient, more portable alternative, might be this barbecue grill made from a galvanized steel water bucket. Buckets such as these are available brand new for only 10 USD. This one looks like it was designed to burn wadded up sheets of newspaper, like the old "Qwik Cook Grill" Dick Butkus endorsed in TV informercials 20 years ago. But it could easily be redesigned to burn charcoal. Just add a charcoal grate below the cooking grate.
BBQ grill from a bucket
San Diego Chargers Tailgating’s Favorite Grill, the Qwik-Cook.