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  • Wacko Welder
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    Pipeliner's Rig BBQ Pit

    Hello !

    While working in the oil fields in Kern County I noticed a lot of the single handed weldors had a neat little BBQ pit on the back of their rigs. Would really like to find someone that is making these or some hints and tips how to make my own. Design ideas welcome . . . pipe sizes, materials, etc . . . They appear to be basically a piece of pipe, two caps . . . Some seem to be a lot fancier than others . . . .

    I recently completed a basic welding class. At 53, learning to weld is somewhat of a challenge. I now have a very healthy respect for someone that can really weld well. I never realized how hard that "stack of dimes" was to come by. I can do alright with MIG . . . Stick ain't for "sissies" . . . TIG, well, thats pretty much one of those some day things . . .

    My intention is to build some of those little pits as gifts for family members. Might say something that will be around a long time. Anyone got any info, suggestions, ie pipe size, componets to include, use caps for ends?, flat plate for ends? If you have any info that would help me construct one please PM me or post.

    I'm really sick of seeing this Walmart Junk for small BBQ Pits . . . . I recently bought an all stainless steel "small" BBQ pit . . . . guess what, it came from China . . . beer cans were better made when I was a kid than this thing @ $185.00!

    Really want to build something that screams "I'm American Made & Will Last Forever" . . . . kind of like my SCAG Mower . . . no doubt when you look at it, you know it was "Made in America"

    Please more pipeline BBQ pit info . . . . I have been unable to find anything on the net . . .

  • mannixnick
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    Never too old

    I've been welding and fabricating for over 25yrs. Guess what? I just got my dream toy. A Fender Stratocaster. I CAN NOT play, but I'm **** SURE gonna try. You are never too old till you'r dead. Keep practicing!

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  • Wacko Welder
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    Fyi . . .

    Just wanted to let everyone know, I have received some info and pictures from people on this site as well as others . . . If anyone has anything to add, I would sure appreciate it . . .

    I will compile everything I have and make it available to anyone wanting to build "The smallest, hardest working grill every conceived . . .

    The pipeliner's BBQ was the "calling card" of a rig welder . . .

    Thanks in advance,
    Steve

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  • purplewg
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    Here's one I built last year out of old propane tanks.

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  • bullet280
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    Originally posted by 1428turbo View Post
    Bullet280 thats a awesome Smoker! GREAT JOB!

    Thanks turbo.....I really had fun building it! Getting ready to start another one for a freind.

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  • the_croz
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    Rig BBQ Pit

    Here's a picture or two of my Barbque.. Take your time and make it count, and by all means remember..! Your not done until your say it is.
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  • thebigwelder
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    hi there, kudo's on Learning to weld as a "seasoned" person. I have a stainless pit on the back of my rig that I fabbed out of a piece of 8" stainless. It is one piece of pipe made with "bullplugged" ends. any welders bible will have the correct way to lay out and weld up this particular procedure. You will need one and a half times the length of pipe you desire for the size of the pit as the half length will provide the pieces for the "plugs". other than the desired size pie all you will need is some hinge material and some bar grating to hold coals and provide a cooking surface above that. also some smaller dia pipe for an exhuast stack, maybe an ash tray under and some thing to cover the stack and regulate draft through the chimney. If you want to send me your mail addy I'll try to download some pics and send to you of a 12" stainless one I've built.(same principal, different size pipe).
    Donnie

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  • Texas50cal
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    Here is my Junk.....Isn't very pretty, but cooks like a champ. I even set it up as a propane grill too.
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  • 1428turbo
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    Bullet280 thats a awesome Smoker! GREAT JOB!

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  • bullet280
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    I built one last year. It has a insulated firebox, sink, storage, burner hidden under the verical cooking chamber and dressed it up with some pig handles I sketched out and cut with a plasma cutter. It is a hit wherever I go with it, and everybody including me loves the food it turns out.

    I really enjoy cooking on my own creation, BBQ is really enhanced by cooking on something that you created.
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  • Bigiron
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    I'm crrently working on a pit for my home made from 20" casing. The cook side is just a shade over three feet long and the fire box is a hair over two feet long. Overall it measures five feet two inchs long. I have built the carriage out of two inch and I think one inch square tubing. Square inserts with a hole centered in them for five eigths bolts welded into the two inch on all four corners to mount the wheels on. That's as far as I have gotten so far. The rain here killed me last week so I did not get to start on it until Sunday. I'm also having to compete with my wife over shop time while she works on her Harley. I never thought I would have to compete with a woman for shop time. LOL!! I hope to have it done in a couple of days after I come back from work. Hopefully I will get some pics of it on here as well.

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  • jode
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    on my grill I used 12" sch40 pipe. 1/4" plate for the ends. 2" pipe for the stack. If you will weld a peice of 5/8-11 bolt or allthread you can use a wore out grinding rock for your stack and vent holes at bottom of sides. just knock out the left over disc and use the metal part. i used the left over plate for the feet. that way i could let it stand alone or clamp in vise on rig.

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  • lanceman73
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    grate

    1/4" solid rod.

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  • G3farms
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    Nice looking grill lanceman, what did you use for the grate??

    G3

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  • nocheepgas
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    Bbq

    I've made a few, all out of 12" pipe with blanked off ends, caps are too expensive and I just don't like flat sides. I use chipping hammers for handles and usually an 1 1/4" ell with a pipe stack and an air shutter on it. Sorry, Don't have any pics, have given them all away. The tops get pretty heavy, which can make them a bit tippy if you leave them freestanding or portable.

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