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Barbecue Grill Made From Propane Tank

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John Bell, Surprise, Arizona
Barbecue Grill Made From Propane Tank
2007 Dodge Ram
2000 Lance 1130

I wanted a compact gas grill that was convenient to store and use. I couldn’t find what I wanted so I made this one.

Hot Dogs On Barbecue Grill Made From Propane Tank

The mount design was the harder thing to figure out. There is very limited space between the ladder and the rear jack which is why I chose a 10-pound tank. I wanted the grill to fit nicely in this space.

I used a couple of small pieces of wood temporarily on the ladder and the jack post to determine proper position. I used a ratchet strap to hold the tank in proper position and adjust to proper height. Then I could measure where the arm should be welded to the tank.

Barbecue Grill Propane Tank On Camper

The arm is actually positioned on the back side, toward the top. I had to put it there so that the swing mount could bolt to the bumper as the tank extends a little further out than the bumper. After I got this design figured out the rest was fairly easy.

Swing Out Barbecue Grill Made From Propane Tank

I used an angle grinder with a cutoff wheel to cut the 10-pound propane tank open. It’s cut on a curve at the ends to allow space for the arm mount.

I got the tank from a propane dealer friend of mine. It was in good condition, and had not been used in years. It did not have an OPD valve.

I removed the old valve and inspected the inside. It looked clean and had very little odor. I washed it out well before I cut it open.

I used the stainless burner from a larger grill and cut down the stainless rack from the same larger grill to fit. I put a tee fitting in the generator compartment and flex line to supply propane to the grill.

I am 72 years old and first learned to weld in high school. Welding was not my profession, but I have always repaired and built things in my home shop.

I have made many things in my life using wood or metal. It’s been a great hobby. It seems like I am always happiest when building something. I find it difficult to sit and do nothing.

The barbecue grill has been a great addition, and it’s so simple to use. Just pull the pin to lower and light it. After cooking, I just raise it up put the pin in and I’m done. It fits neatly in this corner. No muss. No fuss.

It took me 20-hours to complete this modification and cost me $40. In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is hard.

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