How to Build a Keg Grill

Updated July 19, 2017

Turning an old aluminium beer keg into a backyard barbecue grill is a great way to be "green" and do your part for the environment. Due to it's small size, the keg barbecue is highly portable, which makes it the perfect summer accessory. Your new Keg-A-Que will make a great conversation piece whenever you host a spring or summertime gathering.

Measure an empty beer keg lengthwise to find the direct centre on the top, bottom and middle. Use a marking pen to draw and connect the centres so that the two halves will be equal.

Cut along the marked lines with a power handsaw.

Measure the inside circumference of half the keg with the measuring tape, starting at least 1/4 inch from the cut edge. Make sure you leave at least 1/4 inch between the top edge of what will be the bottom of the keg grill grate. The grill grate will now sit and be supported by the keg itself. You can buy a stainless steel grill grate at any home improvement store to place inside the keg. This will be your new cooking grill surface.

Drill four hinge holes on what will be the back of the keg BBQ using the hand drill. Place two hinges, each at least 3 inches from the centre of the keg, so that the keg top will be easy to open. Drill the holes on what will be the lid, as well as what will be the bottom half.

Install the hinges by using the nuts and bolts that came in the hinge package and tighten them down with a wrench. Open and close the BBQ several times to ensure proper placement of the hinges. Re-drill if needed.

Measure for placement of a wooden handle using a tape measure. Place the wooden handle centred on the front of the top part of the BBQ. Make sure the handle is at least 3 inches from the bottom of the BBQ lid.

Drill the holes for the wooden handle using the power hand drill. Install the wooden handle. Open and close the lid of the BBQ to ensure proper placement of the handle.

Open a set of TV stand legs and use as a cradle for the BBQ. If you would like added support, you may drill screws through the bottom of the keg BBQ into the TV stand legs.

Lift the lid of the keg BBQ and pour in the desired about of charcoal. Place the grill grate inside the BBQ. It will sit on the keg itself and will not slide or move. Light the charcoal and you're ready for a party!

Things You'll Need

  • Empty beer keg
  • Power handsaw
  • Tape measure
  • Marking pen
  • Hand drill with different size bits
  • Wrench
  • 2 metal hinges
  • 1 wooden handle
  • Grill grate
  • TV tray legs
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Valentine attended the University of California at Los Angeles for film studies and worked in the industry for several years. Even owning her own production company. Valentine is a Correctional Officer for men's state prison, passionate about practicing mixed martial arts and enjoys do-it-yourself auto mechanics.