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Back at the forge - New Smaller Version of A frame Grill

Discussion in 'Mullins Forge and Metalworks' started by EddieMullins, Sep 9, 2017.

  1. EddieMullins

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    It's cooling off and things have slowed down a little so today I got to do something I have wanted to work on for a while. I make a Viking Style spit and really like it for at home or in camp use, but its simply too heavy to travel with. I wanted to make a smaller A frame "grill" that could actually be taken camping. Today I tried a couple versions and am very pleased with this one, although there is always room for improvements.

    This grill uses 24" long x 1/4" support bars to minimize weight and the legs are I believe 3/16 x 1/2 (it was material I had on hand) and also started as 24" long. The total set is pictured with 6 13" grill bars weight ~ 5 lb 4 oz. I will probably add a couple more grill bars for a total of eight, this will increase the weight a little.

    I have not made a spit for it as of yet, and not sure if I will, but the grill is very versatile as is. I'm sure I am biased but I really prefer this style of cooking set up that does not have to be driven into the ground, because I can set it up anywhere, even if it's rocky, and I can move it about. It can be set on or off the fire, or moved closer or further away.

    I'm still not ready to start taking custom orders just yet, or to fully open the order books, but will probably make a few of these if there is interest. Either way, I'd like to hear your feedback.

    The assembled grill - it stands about 21 inches tall. The bottom support bars are ~ 7" above the ground.

    small A frame assembled 9-9-17.jpg


    I am pretty confident this is more holding capacity than would likely ever be actually used if camping, but wanted to see how it handled a heavy load. The top 1/4" bar swayed slightly, but no problem.

    small A frame load test 9-9-17.jpg

    Just a couple shots of the rolled eyed and hot punch holes for the support bars. To increase the stability of the legs I peened and widened the material before forming the eye.

    small A frame rolled eye 9-9-17.jpg

    small A frame hot punched 9-9-17.jpg

    and lastly all of the pieces for the grill. They can be easily held in 1 hand, and would fit very nicely in a canvas roll or bag, something I hope to offer one day.

    small A frame pieces 9-9-17.jpg
     
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    Very nice work E. M. I think the ability to adjust the height of the grill would be handy perhaps. Other than that it's awesome! I'm interested.
     
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    Thanks. PM on the way.
     
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    Well the revisions have started already : ) . I had an idea in my mind for small hooks that would allow for easy adjustment, would be secure and not protrude too far for easy packing... so I had to make one. Here it is on a test piece, a little tweaking and I think these will work quite well for those wanting adjustment.

    small A frame hook 9-9-17.jpg
     
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    Awesome! Expect to hear from me when I have my fire pit set up next year.
     
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    A very nice piece of kit young fellar, I like it. joe
     
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    Nice; I like how you allowed for open space as well as the grill.
     
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    very cool. as a thought.... what about just punching holes in the legs and using something like a pegboard hook?
     
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    I have thought about that very thing, but was a little uneasy about having more small parts to keep up with. It would certainly work though. I have also thought about just bending the ends of the support pars so they could be locked into holes is the legs. This would mean the legs would have to be a fixed width apart and I would need to adjust the eyes on the grill bars. Lots of ways to skin this cat though.
     
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