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How to convert this grill?

post #1 of 4
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My Dad saw someone selling an old SS Gas grill and though I could do something with it. Here is a picture.

The grates are in good shape and structurally the grill is sound. I removed all the burners and the grease pan. The problem is that it is wide open on the bottom. I am thinking that I can close it off with sheet metal. Here is a picture of it torn down.

I was thinking of building a firebox underneath on the right hand side. The problem is that I have no welding skills whatsoever. Is it possible to use that pre-drilled angle iron and sheet metal and bolt it together? Also, I was thinking of making it a reverse flow smoker. The steel is fairly thin gauge though, so I know if won't hold heat as well as the thicker steel. If I made it reverse flow, would it be more difficult to reach cooking temps, or is there no difference? Here is a picture of where I was thinking of placing the firebox.

Any opinions would be much appreciated. Thanks, macdad
post #2 of 4
I'd go for it if only for the "project" factor. It could turn out to be a sweet unit!
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Anyone in Northwest Ohio know a good steel supplier that sells to the consumer (not just big businesses)?

Has anyone ever used scrap steel? Is there a concern of chemicals or oils in the steel that could contaminate your food?
post #4 of 4
Any local machine shop should have what you need or be able to get it for you
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