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Unread 05-16-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default Build Finished...Can I call it a Santa Maria?

Some of y'all may have seen an earlier post of a fire ring I had made, 1/4" plate, 48" diameter, 16" tall with some Gator logo plasma cutouts.

In action at a camp out.

Well, been planning on making an adjustable grill for it, gathered up some materials on hand from previous projects and here is what we came up with. It's made to sit inside the fire ring, free standing. I'm a little surprised that it is very stable for only being 80#-100#, easy two to move it around.

In addition to the fire ring, it has two major assemblies: The stand and the cooking grate. The stand has a 30" square base of 2"x2" tubing, the verticals are 2" angle, top bar is 2"x2" tubing.

Made the cooking grate with two 10" vertical lifting guides. My logic is I can add a rotisserie at about 7"-8" above the cooking grate.

Decided on a boat winch & pulley system for lifting, here is a little detail.



This one shows those 10" cooking grate guides moving in the opposed 2" angle - very smooth and no binding.

Plenty strong, 40# pool salt didn't even begin to stress anything.

So here it is again.

Next time you see it it will be married up to the fire ring and cooking something.
OK, so now that it's ready to go, what do y'all think I should throw on for the first cook this weekend? Oh yea, is it OK to call it a Santa Maria style or do I need another name?
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Unread 05-16-2013, 03:00 PM   #2
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Very cool, nice work. You can call it anything you like, it has all the traits of a Santa Maria grate system.
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Seems to me that some tri-tip would be appropriate.
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You can call it anything you want if you will invite me to dinner...
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Looks like a Santa Maria to me. Nice build!
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Very cool!
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Looks nice - good job but can you operate it with a beer in your hand?
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Screwed up my left shoulder so I gotta crank with my right anyhow and the left is just good enough for a beer, or something stronger. Interesting the boat winch will ctank up or down with stops plus a free spool. So yep, I'm good to go.
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I've been looking for a while but never seen a tri tip at any price here on north Florida. Alternates?
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Nice Clean Build!! Try an Eye of Round or a Rump Roast.
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Thanks, ummmmmm rump roast!
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I've been looking for a while but never seen a tri tip at any price here on north Florida. Alternates?
A full flat iron steak could be nice.
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Gimmee some Lamb chops done on that please, what a great looking unit.
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I would definitely call that a Santa Maria grill. Well done!
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I believe a dome/box something could be rigged up to put on the grate to cook pizza in , Has it been done?
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