DIY design of bbq made from 9kg gas bottle

Submitted: Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 11:19
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Whilst doing a lap of Australia last year, we came upon a number of travellers who had made their own bbq from an old 9kg gas bottle.
I am keen to make one myself, and would like any comments and photos if possible.
The ones that I have seen have the top cut off, usually have an opening cut out of the side and some form of air holes around the base.
I have an angle grinder for cutting, but limited access for welding any bits.
I want to be able to use a billy or pan over the fire and have a small camp oven which could also sit in the top.
The units were ideal as they were cheap, compact, mobile and only a small amount of wood/fuel was required.
It is easy to acquire an old gas bottle from a tip etc.
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Reply By: flappa - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 11:26

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 11:26
DO NOT CUT THE TOP OFF WITH AN ANGLE GRINDER.

BOOOOOOOOM.

There are ways to do this , and that AINT it.
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Follow Up By: derekoverell - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 11:29

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 11:29
Yeah, I ain't stupid. Empty first, take off tap and fill wit water.
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Follow Up By: flappa - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 15:19

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 15:19
That could bring its own problems (not many angle grinders are meant for wet cutting), but , its possible.
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Follow Up By: Dion - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:16

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:16
Pneumatic angle grinders love water.
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Follow Up By: Member Eric - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:17

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:17
Flappan is right . Water in the bottle in not safe either . All it does is make a bigger bang. Only way to cut with water is with a hack saw . I know its hard yakka , but the only safe way
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Reply By: Flash - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 15:08

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 15:08
You aint, but some people are...
I have heard of that happening (though not first hand.)
The tap, however can be very hard to remove.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff M (NSW) - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 16:52

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 16:52
Just flash the valve off with the oxy!!
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Follow Up By: Member - 'Lucy' - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 20:41

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 20:41
Geoff M

You have got it in one mate, just love your 'work'

Just make sure you take a deap breath, lean back and look away though
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Reply By: Beefa - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:18

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:18
G'day Derek,
Just to answer your question regarding the bbq made from a 9kg gas bottle, check out www.australianoutdoors.com they have a couple of photos of one with a bit of info, but you should check out the "all-in-1" bbq made from an old keg, complete with photos etc on making one yourself, hope this helps.

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Follow Up By: derekoverell - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:42

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 17:42
Hi Dave,
Thanks for your constructive help.
I have now cut the top off the gas bottle after first removing the tap and flushing out any gas by filling with water before applying the angle grinder. No Boooom.
Thanks again
Derek
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Follow Up By: Mike Harding - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:28

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:28
Yep derekoverell - I'm with you. What's the problem?

Remove tap - fill with water = no gas left in cylinder - empty water (do it twice if you like) - cylinder now full of air - cut with angle grinder. Did the gas hide somewhere and nip back in when no one was looking? :)

Mike Harding
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Follow Up By: Wayne (NSW) - Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:42

Monday, Feb 07, 2005 at 18:42
Dave,

I like your idea.
Have a BBQ with your mates
Buy keg of beer.
With you mates make sure keg is empty
Cut top off the keg to make a BBQ
Have a BBQ with your mates
Buy a keg of beer

Wayne
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