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fireman_pete
04-15-2011, 04:21 PM
Hi All,

I am looking to make a Santa Maria Style BBQ Grill out of a half 55 gallon drum.

Here is the catch, I do not have a welder. Has anyone made a Santa Maria grill without welding???

Thanks in Advance!

Pete

jestridge
04-15-2011, 07:34 PM
It could be done but it sure be a lot easier with a welder

Hoss
04-15-2011, 08:29 PM
You can build anything with a good drill and bits and the correct bolts,washers,nuts.Will be WAY more work and tedious but it can be done.

spider22
10-11-2011, 03:38 PM
Has anybody done this?

h20loo
10-11-2011, 03:44 PM
bottom half or side half? Almost every body shop around here has used a barrel on its side and cut in half to make a grill. These wouldn't qualify as a santa marie as there is no elevating the grill.

spider22
10-11-2011, 04:13 PM
couldn't you bolt some rails on the end of the barrel to raise and lower the grill on?

Skidder
10-11-2011, 04:20 PM
I made one using my old grill. No welder here but buying one Friday. Take that back there were two welds where the washer connects to the cable.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q64/Skidder1/santamaria004.jpg

mbshop
10-11-2011, 04:21 PM
yes, it can be done. many barrels have been used as santa maria style grills. i've not seen one bolted together but i can't think of anything that would prevent you from doing it. but maybe think about renting a welder unless yer totally not into that.
http://ts2.mm.bing.net/images/thumbnail.aspx?q=1261771034929&id=125bcb3a2c6c9c4293b30c05f0cd233d

spider22
10-11-2011, 04:57 PM
I made one using my old grill. No welder here but buying one Friday. Take that back there were two welds where the washer connects to the cable.
http://i133.photobucket.com/albums/q64/Skidder1/santamaria004.jpg
what did you use to keep the cables tight once you raise it or lower it? where did you get the wheel?