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Dr_KY
04-13-2008, 08:28 AM
Today is the day we begin the makings of the Kegrilla project. :cool:

It's the first time out with one of these so any tips, advice or slander is welcome. This build will be done without any welding ( unless there is no other way around it) and as low budget as I can get it simply because much like the UDS the build the best part next to the cooking and eating.

Dr_KY
04-13-2008, 08:46 AM
http://i32.tinypic.com/6icvtk.jpg
Stainless
http://i31.tinypic.com/2wlzjtd.jpg

Measure twice cut once and be sure to let the pressure escape, stale beer in the face is nasty first thing in the morning.
http://i26.tinypic.com/2vkx9xk.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/2viffag.jpg

BBQ Bandit
04-13-2008, 09:00 AM
Looks like a very interesting modification.
Will it be horizontal as shown... or vertical (ECB or UDS)?

Keep the pics comming,
PA

Dr_KY
04-13-2008, 09:05 AM
I need a grill to sit along side the UDS so it will be horizontal. The opening is 12'' across after that the keg began to taper and I'm thinking a flat surface will give a better seal.

Dr_KY
04-13-2008, 09:11 AM
Cuts are cleaned up with..

http://i27.tinypic.com/30jpjyh.jpg

http://i31.tinypic.com/fw7u40.jpg

I didn't realise just how fast and smooth it would reduce the matal and it beats the snot out of using a file.

Neil
04-13-2008, 09:11 AM
Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

sampson
04-13-2008, 01:29 PM
Tell me you didn't waste the last of that good beer, did you???

BBQ Grail
04-13-2008, 02:16 PM
Looks like the doctor is fixin' up a nice grill.

Keep the pics coming along.

Midnight Smoke
04-13-2008, 02:24 PM
Pretty cool, keep upgates coming.

Brauma
04-13-2008, 02:28 PM
Great project. Please keeps the pics coming.

capri man
04-13-2008, 02:48 PM
me thinks it is gonna work!!! cant wait for the completed pics!!:-D

Dr_KY
04-13-2008, 03:39 PM
Hey guys just had a few ideas for legs on this thing while I was sitting in the beer garden at the pub enjoying a nice pint or four of Strongbow. Well, I may have it worked out and the kids are busy taking them apart for me. I'll do some work o it tomorrow and post the pictures.
Fingers crossed.

txschutte
04-13-2008, 03:50 PM
Are you going to try for a complete stainless build? That would be sweet! Little or no maintenance is where I'm going with that!

Dr_KY
04-13-2008, 03:53 PM
Yes that exactly what I'm looking at but it has to be low cost. With the weather over here I need something thats going to stand up to living in the weather 24/7 as I have no garage or at the very least be cheap or plentiful to replace.

jpw23
04-13-2008, 04:04 PM
This is the proper use of a stainless keg:mrgreen:
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u257/jpw23/still.jpg

puff
04-13-2008, 04:49 PM
Can't wait to see the finished product. 8-)

Dr_KY
04-14-2008, 03:58 AM
Told ya I (she)was 'sitting' on it.

http://i30.tinypic.com/xlhvs4.jpg
http://i26.tinypic.com/281atr4.jpg

Spoke with the owner and he has several chairs out back that are damaged and headed to the fire pit so I picked up two and set the kids loose on them.

Hook_Line_and_Sinker
04-14-2008, 04:10 AM
I can some how see how the chair got your attention ....

Dr_KY
04-14-2008, 04:15 AM
The breakdown...

http://i26.tinypic.com/2l933f4.jpg

Reunited...
http://i31.tinypic.com/29x9r1e.jpg


A new life for some old wood...
http://i27.tinypic.com/330vho4.jpg


We will be using one of the seats from the chairs as a side shelf on Kegzilla and perhaps the UDS.

http://i28.tinypic.com/10n84y1.jpg

Dr_KY
04-14-2008, 04:23 AM
I can some how see how the chair got your attention ....
Ya I thought it was a cool sign too. :mrgreen: Would make a great avatar.

http://i27.tinypic.com/usr48.jpg
http://i25.tinypic.com/jz87xc.jpg

Hook_Line_and_Sinker
04-14-2008, 04:23 AM
looks like a perfect fit - sort of like the jeans that gal had on

the legs will work well I'm sure

Dr_KY
04-14-2008, 04:26 AM
From the front.
The stand is very sturdy and with the addition of two pins it will be collapsible for easy storage and transport.

http://i31.tinypic.com/riswzm.jpg

Brauma
04-14-2008, 05:03 AM
Enginuative to say the least. I would be concerned about the bottom of the keg getting hot and catching the wood legs afire. But your first fire will test that issue.

Dr_KY
04-14-2008, 05:07 AM
Hahahahahah good point!! Any suggestions perhaps some extended bolts or spreading the legs wider so they sit on the cooler ends of the keg?

BBQ Bandit
04-14-2008, 05:09 AM
Carriage bolts have worked in the past as stand-off braces...

Dr_KY
04-14-2008, 05:13 AM
Carrage bolts sound like a plan.
One other thought was drilling and bolting four lengths of one inch all-thread through the outer lips of the keg as legs but I thought they might be a bit wobbly?

Dr_KY
04-14-2008, 07:15 PM
Picked up some stainless hardware today to make the legs with but didn't have enough for four legs, I don't think making Zilla a triped is going to be a good idea.
It's just past midnight here so my son and I will get to work on it in the morning and post pictures.

ZILLA
04-14-2008, 09:34 PM
Nope, I do not want to be made into a Triped. Not a good idea! :wink:

jestridge
04-14-2008, 10:05 PM
This is the proper use of a stainless keg:mrgreen:
http://i170.photobucket.com/albums/u257/jpw23/still.jpg
What you maker corn licker

Brauma
04-15-2008, 03:08 AM
Just root beer, Im sure :wink:

Dr_KY
04-15-2008, 03:25 AM
This is the proper use of a stainless keg:mrgreen:

See I knew I was doing it all wrong.:-o

Dr_KY
04-15-2008, 04:22 AM
A few more parts..

Bolts for pluging legs into..
http://i28.tinypic.com/2m26u8o.jpg

Stainless grill and legs..

http://i26.tinypic.com/1gmjs.jpg

Found a bit of alloy plate.
http://i30.tinypic.com/2qiqkjp.jpg

Dr_KY
04-15-2008, 05:41 AM
http://i26.tinypic.com/2ykggvb.jpg

http://i29.tinypic.com/2rffyps.jpg

Still need to cut the legs down to about 24".

http://i26.tinypic.com/2dqistv.jpg

Divemaster
04-15-2008, 10:52 AM
Looking good!!!!

Been thinking of a mini-UDS for at the races.... You've given me some more ideas!!!

MileHighSmoker
04-15-2008, 12:26 PM
Keep the pictures coming

JohnMcD348
04-15-2008, 12:39 PM
That looks really great so far. Can't wait to see the finished product.

ipls3355
04-15-2008, 01:28 PM
So did you scrap the recycled chair altogether?

Dr_KY
04-15-2008, 06:04 PM
Thanks guys I put the chair on hold untill I find a few carrage bolts or something to keep my house from burning down. lol I'm not having any luck finding a stainless hinge so I'll have to go with heavy steel. I have a plan for the seal around the opening but it would be at the cost of another keg unless I can find some thin stainless to bridge the small gap. I'm not too worried about it being a tight seal at this point I just wanna get it fired up and watch it turn purple and blue.:mrgreen:

Dr_KY
04-15-2008, 06:26 PM
This could make a good stand for the keg... just need to do a runner at the bingo hall. :mrgreen:

http://www.mobilitysmart.cc/images/hc_images/AA8305.jpg

BobBrisket
04-15-2008, 10:26 PM
This could make a good stand for the keg... just need to do a runner at the bingo hall. :mrgreen:

http://www.mobilitysmart.cc/images/hc_images/AA8305.jpg
LMAQ!! That chit is funny.

You gonna use some of that pecan in that new keg grill, Dr. KY??

Dr_KY
04-16-2008, 04:06 AM
Pecan will be the first thig in this grill brother and I have already chosed the chunks for it. :cool:

Divemaster
04-16-2008, 02:32 PM
Thanks guys I put the chair on hold untill I find a few carrage bolts or something to keep my house from burning down. lol I'm not having any luck finding a stainless hinge so I'll have to go with heavy steel. I have a plan for the seal around the opening but it would be at the cost of another keg unless I can find some thin stainless to bridge the small gap. I'm not too worried about it being a tight seal at this point I just wanna get it fired up and watch it turn purple and blue.:mrgreen:
I would think about using a brass piano hinge... won't rust and would seal better....

Dr_KY
04-16-2008, 06:44 PM
I considered that but I was thinking it would be too long. Making a trip to the hard wear store in the morning to look for a short one thanks. ;cool:

Dr_KY
04-17-2008, 05:03 AM
http://i27.tinypic.com/2dwb1xx.jpg

Hook_Line_and_Sinker
04-17-2008, 05:08 AM
stainless is soooooooo sexy :eusa_clap

Dr_KY
04-17-2008, 06:18 PM
Ya know if I can find the fittings cheap enough like from an old unit I would like to complete this as a gasser. Sad thing is around here they too are like rocking horse s..t.

Dr_KY
04-18-2008, 03:25 PM
More work today
Cut down the grills and took six inches off the legs.If it stays dry tomorrow I'll fit two rails to hold the cooking grates. Couldn't find any stainless for this so I'll have to concede to the stainless overseer.


http://i29.tinypic.com/2ev56pz.jpg
http://i28.tinypic.com/2la65o7.jpg
http://i32.tinypic.com/241vw5l.jpg

Divemaster
04-18-2008, 03:30 PM
Sorry I didn't get back to you sooner on the hinges... Nice thing about piano hinges is that they can be cut to the required length!!!!

Dr_KY
04-18-2008, 03:39 PM
Thanks Jeff, I haven't installed this one yet so I'll take a run to see what I can find. I'm a bit concerned about being able to adjust one of that design to run straight. I'm thinking one about six inches should do though and it will give a much cleaned look.
Thanks for the tip bro.

Divemaster
04-18-2008, 03:41 PM
Trick I saw done once was to weld it on... Actually you fill the wholes buy welding to the under metal... Looked very cool...

Dr_KY
04-18-2008, 04:30 PM
I'd like to see that. Tomorrow I'll head back to the brewery and see if they have another keg thats decommissioned so I can cut a larger door from it to overlap the opening on this one.

The ball valve that's on there is just for the heck of it lol. I think that spot will be too low for a effective exhaust so i may just plug it.

Dr_KY
04-20-2008, 03:20 PM
Sorry guys I just couldn't wait till the lid was finished so I fired her up and did chicken legs with pecan chunks.

Bob the pecan is awesome with yard bird!


http://i32.tinypic.com/o08mq9.jpg

Brauma
04-20-2008, 03:21 PM
Outstanding!!

Dr_KY
04-20-2008, 05:06 PM
Thanks Brauma :mrgreen:

I'll resize that shelf and add some stronger brackets under it this sometime this week, I may also take a few more inches off the legs.

BobBrisket
04-21-2008, 12:03 AM
That's a sweet little grill right there. Peecan and walkers are a great combo. Glad you like it!!

Hook_Line_and_Sinker
04-21-2008, 04:13 AM
WOW - look at the legs on her !


thats looking sweet -

Dr_KY
04-21-2008, 10:36 AM
Thanks HLS so far it's a fun little grill but I have to get use to the heat now.lol I picked up some stainless plates to use as a defuser so I'll see how it goes. She needs a good polish and we will be close to complete.. for now.

Smokin Gator
04-21-2008, 11:00 AM
Great job brother.. very ingenious!!

Dr_KY
04-23-2008, 04:02 PM
Finished the lid today just need to add a handle and she's done.

Smokin Gator
04-23-2008, 04:31 PM
Finished the lid today just need to add a handle and she's done.

Dude... you know the rules:twisted:

Dr_KY
04-23-2008, 05:11 PM
Ouch I'll get them taken and they will be up right after work.

Dr_KY
01-05-2009, 08:13 AM
Dude... you know the rules:twisted:
Here ya go..

http://i40.tinypic.com/x6g6qp.jpg

Sunra
07-03-2009, 10:31 PM
Very nice job! I have a keg and would love to do that.Would you have the measurements for the cutout top and what did you use for the legs? I bet it generates a lot of heat.

Great Job!

Dr_KY
07-05-2009, 01:58 PM
It gets very hot , the legs are made fron 1/2 stainless pipes that slide over the threaded bolts. http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/showpost.php?p=613956&postcount=32

BigJimsBBQ
07-05-2009, 02:17 PM
Dr. KY ... I would forget the legs and put a 2" Hitch Receiver on it so you can just slip & Pin it in when you want to use. Great for tailgating ... even if it is in your drive way...

Dr_KY
07-05-2009, 03:33 PM
Dr. KY ... I would forget the legs and put a 2" Hitch Receiver on it so you can just slip & Pin it in when you want to use. Great for tailgating ... even if it is in your drive way...


That work too as the legs are removable, they just slip on.

legburner
07-09-2009, 09:12 AM
Hey Gents,

I wanted to show my version of a BBQ keg. As you can see in the pictures it's not just that it's a trailer as well. My family and friends are huge beach cruiser bicycle fans and i figured we needed something to cook with at our gatherings. Haven't settled on a name for this thing yet but pondering over a few. Still working on a few minor details like an portable umbrella, and beer tap handle bbq utensils. I hope to have them done by the end of the month. Take care.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/IMG00021-20090502-1610.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/P5020945.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/IMG00015-20090502-1116.jpg

deathamphetamine
07-09-2009, 11:46 AM
nice work, How did you get such a nice finish? I used rouge polishing compound and didn't come close to that shiny!

here's mine http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww166/TC_plague/DSCN1086.jpg

1FUNVET
07-09-2009, 12:24 PM
Hey Gents,

I wanted to show my version of a BBQ keg. As you can see in the pictures it's not just that it's a trailer as well. My family and friends are huge beach cruiser bicycle fans and i figured we needed something to cook with at our gatherings. Haven't settled on a name for this thing yet but pondering over a few. Still working on a few minor details like an portable umbrella, and beer tap handle bbq utensils. I hope to have them done by the end of the month. Take care.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/IMG00021-20090502-1610.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/P5020945.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/IMG00015-20090502-1116.jpg
Almost too purty to cook on :biggrin:

Wampus
07-09-2009, 12:35 PM
NO DOUBT!!!

Chrome plating? SHINY!!!!

Mtnsmoke
07-09-2009, 12:48 PM
Legburner,
That is sweeeeet! Really like the springer and the apes.

millsy
07-09-2009, 05:32 PM
Sweet ride,we need beach shot's.

legburner
07-10-2009, 09:17 AM
nice work, How did you get such a nice finish? I used rouge polishing compound and didn't come close to that shiny!

here's mine http://i716.photobucket.com/albums/ww166/TC_plague/DSCN1086.jpg

I wasn't easy to get it that shiny. My friend and I used the same compound with a buffer after sanding it smooth with 600 sand paper. Keep in mind that this keg is stainless steel not aluminum. That could be the difference.

bacardi2001
07-10-2009, 09:31 AM
Hey Gents,

I wanted to show my version of a BBQ keg. As you can see in the pictures it's not just that it's a trailer as well. My family and friends are huge beach cruiser bicycle fans and i figured we needed something to cook with at our gatherings. Haven't settled on a name for this thing yet but pondering over a few. Still working on a few minor details like an portable umbrella, and beer tap handle bbq utensils. I hope to have them done by the end of the month. Take care.

http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/IMG00021-20090502-1610.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/P5020945.jpg
http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh225/legburner/IMG00015-20090502-1116.jpg

is that matchlight?:icon_smil

Smokin Turkey
07-10-2009, 05:25 PM
All new kegs are Stainless (except the friggin plastic ones I'm seeing now!)

Here is my take most of you have seen before! (Not shined up but I prefer the natural look!)

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/pp199/hccllc2008/1103081800.jpg

http://i411.photobucket.com/albums/pp199/hccllc2008/0916081921.jpg

legburner
07-16-2009, 10:42 PM
I dig that smoke stack. I want to put one on the keg trailer. I was thinking of using a chrome exhaust tip with a flapper on the top. I think it would add so much to it.

Dr_KY
07-17-2009, 01:32 AM
I dig that smoke stack. I want to put one on the keg trailer. I was thinking of using a chrome exhaust tip with a flapper on the top. I think it would add so much to it.


You want a stainless one with a beer tap like I have on the UDS, this one is 2" so 1.5 may look good on your keg.
8-)

http://i32.tinypic.com/sd2rd3.jpg

Single Fin Smoker
07-17-2009, 01:49 AM
Makes me want to hack up the one in my kegerator right now..

warren
07-17-2009, 10:00 AM
looks like a great build i have been working on mine lately and taking pics to show when its done

legburner
07-18-2009, 08:15 AM
You want a stainless one with a beer tap like I have on the UDS, this one is 2" so 1.5 may look good on your keg.
8-)

http://i32.tinypic.com/sd2rd3.jpg

I would definitely go SS since the rest of the keg is. I love the idea with the tap. I have several of them with all types of beer logos. I maybe using one if I dont use them for the utensil handles.

Sunra
08-17-2009, 01:34 PM
Ok, here's my take on the Beer Keg Grill. This has to done on the cheap. Dr. KY thanks for all your help. I'm still trying to figure out what to do with the legs as I want it to be mobile. I think the spread is too wide on this. I was wondering if the galvanized pipe attachment point could be welded to stainless steel? I'm not the handiest person when it comes to working with metal. It's still a work in progress. I'm a noob at this, all comments and suggestions welcomed.

deathamphetamine
08-17-2009, 06:01 PM
It should bond but might not be the strongest weld around :)

Dr_KY
08-17-2009, 07:41 PM
I wouldn't worry about it. Just get long bolts and attach them to the keg then slide the legs over them.

Dr_KY
08-17-2009, 07:47 PM
http://i28.tinypic.com/2m26u8o.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/2dqistv.jpg
http://i29.tinypic.com/2rffyps.jpg

http://i26.tinypic.com/2ykggvb.jpg

Sunra
08-17-2009, 08:16 PM
I think I'll bring the bolts in closer so the legs won't spread as much.

Dr_KY
08-18-2009, 05:28 AM
I like the spread it gives more stability or at least it appears to. Unless you tie them togethr in some way it's always going to go side to side a bit and look a bit top heavy. I'm on the search for a gasser to tear apart and use the base to set my keg in.

Sunra
08-18-2009, 09:38 AM
It's stable, I just don't want anyone tripping over the legs. That's a great idea the base from a gasser. Happy hunting. I'm going to see as well if I can find some sort of base or cradle for the Keg.