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mikeyd 05-29-2012 09:41 PM

It has begun....Our Custom Santa Maria Grill build!!!

First off I'm proud to be a member of a wonderful site who so far has provided me information, recipes, know-how's and most important new friendships!
So I finally convinced the wife that we need a custom Santa Maria Grill in our backyard something that I've been dreaming of for at least 5 years and so it has begun.

Before I go on let me thank IGotGas "Chad" from this site who is amazing and I'll be forever thankful for him offering up his help and shop without him this really wouldn't have happened!

So I looked high and low for a Santa Maria Grill insert that would work for what I needed found a couple decent one's but nothing worth the thousands they wanted just imagine the price when I wanted it customized! So I decided to draw it up and Chad is helping me bring it alive. The pictures below are the start of what is desgined to be 2 grill grates on 1 frame with 2 seperate raising wheels. 1 grate will be 14" wide x 30" deep which will be used for slow cooking tri-tips, pork butts etc..the larger grate is 34" wide x 30" deep and will be used for the large bbq parties for quick cooks, like burgers, hot dogs, shrimp, corn etc..

We have looked at many of your builds here and love everything we see, we've adopted a few ideas from one person and a little from another etc...until we've came up with what we believe we want.

Below we share our Santa Maria Grill build info with you. Please feel free to comment, add recommendations and please don't take it easy on us. We want to kow if something doesn' look right.

Our metal load. IGOTGAS can fill you in more on the specs but I think I can get some of it right. We are using 4"x4" angel iron for the frame that will sit on top of my masonry box. 3/8" 304 SS bars for grate. The entire frame including from around grates is all Carbon Steel. Chad can tell you the rest :) There's a lot of meta there even though it doesn't look like it lol.

Chad marked where I will drill the I believe 3/8" hole for the 3/8" SS to go into. I believe this is 1 1/4" Channel Iron. This will be used as the grate frame.

The drilling of the grate holes has begun

Here's a close up of the holes I drilled into the channel iron for the grate frame.

Chad Grinding welded 2 - 1" angle irons together that will be welded to the grate frame that will guide the frame.

Here I am smoothing out the weld from the 2 - 1" inch angle irons that Chad welded.

Here is the large grate (34"x 30") laid out after everything was cut.

Small grate laid out and almost done. Chad smoothing out ends on cut.

Close-up of the 3/8" 304 SS grate inserted into the frame. This shows the lower cross support that will help with weight distribution. This was being done on the smaller grate 14" x 30".

Small grate 14"x 30" laid out and squared just waiting for weld.

We have many more pictures to post but this is just to get the thread started and people's mind turning with idea/suggestions they can give us.

Thank you all again for your help!


Al Czervik 05-29-2012 09:46 PM

Wow... What a fantastic build. Can't wait to see more. :mrgreen:

Hitman0321 05-29-2012 10:05 PM

Yeah that is awesome. Looking forward to seeing the finished product!

fingerlickin' 05-29-2012 10:16 PM

Sweet man, looks great so far. I especially love the shot with the Bud Light on top and the Performer hiding under the table.

pitbossJB 05-29-2012 10:32 PM

Man, that is deluxe. I love that you went "all the way" with stainless. I am awaiting more details.

pitbossJB 05-29-2012 10:34 PM

Man, that is deluxe! I love that you went "all the way" with stainless. I am awaiting more details.

Igotgas 05-29-2012 10:35 PM

Sweet! and so it has begun. It didn't even happen till the pics showed it ....right..:becky:
Mike had it almost right, the grate is made of 1 1/4 inch square tube. the channel iron is what the main frame will be made of. Plenty more pics to come as progress continues as matter of fact progress is scheduled to continue on Friday!!!!!!

Igotgas 05-29-2012 10:36 PM


Originally Posted by fingerlickin' (Post 2073298)
Sweet man, looks great so far. I especially love the shot with the Bud Light on top and the Performer hiding under the table.

Not so loud the wife might hear you:laugh: that one followed me home:loco:

landarc 05-29-2012 10:40 PM

That is outstanding, a great start. Chad does love to fabricate.

mikeyd 05-29-2012 10:40 PM

LOL...Chad this is awesome...alive it has become indeed! Boy's we got something special cookin up in this California shop.....Again please feel free to grade our work, give recommendations etc..

See ya friday brotha!

Igotgas 05-29-2012 10:40 PM

Also the "guide channel" on the sides is recycled. My wife's Gpa introduced me to the wonderful free steel in bed frames. it is not perfectly dimensional metal ( the one we used is 1" x 1 3/8") but it is free everywhere. I try to use "scrap" metal whenever possible in all my builds.

pitbossJB 05-29-2012 11:28 PM

Scrap is good, I reclaim all sorts of metal to use later.

Igotgas 05-29-2012 11:51 PM

Hey Mike,
Throw up a PDF of our "drawing" on here so everyone can see where we are heading. I know you think it is rough, but everything starts somewhere:thumb:

Will work for bbq 05-30-2012 12:05 AM

Great looking build, cant wait to see it come together.

landarc 05-30-2012 12:13 AM

hmmm, I have found that not all bed frames are made equal. Some are rather pitty and hard to weld. Maybe I just suck at welding.

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