|Project by mattsanf||posted 07-24-2007 04:28 PM||3263 views||18 times favorited||21 comments|
This is hardly “fine” woodworking…this is more summer “fun” woodworking. I will post some of my more serious woodworking projects later.
My wonderful family got me a great combination birthday/father’s day gift this year… A Kamado-style ceramic grill/smoker from “Primo” Grills and Smokers (similar to the better-known Big Green Egg Brand cookers). I have long enjoyed grilling, and as my wife says “The ceramic cooker should allow for many hours of your obsessive tinkering and experimentation”....she knows me well.
First order of business, of course, was to combine my hobbies and build a cart for the smoker. See photos above.
More on my blog at: http://www.intheworkshop.info/grillingbbqand_smoking/index.html
This was a simple but fun project that gets used a lot!! Since the smoker’s body is VERY thick ceramic, it is VERY heavy. 200-250 pounds, I believe. So, this stand was built to be strong rather than pretty.
The cart is made from standard pressure-treated lumber for the legs and the horizontal structural components and Trex-brand composite decking for the shelf and top surfaces. Since Trex cannot support much weight, the pressure-treated lumber was necessary for the structural components. As a woodworker, I cringe at the use of materials like Trex, but I must admit that they do have their place.
I used concrete pavers under the grill to protect the decking material from heat. The rear wheels are replacement solid-rubber “handcart” wheels. The front wheels are industrial-rated swiveling casters.
The photos don’t show it, but the cart also has a mount for a beach umbrella to shade the bald cook from the sun. With my wife’s multi-colored umbrella in place, I must admit that the smoker cart looks a bit like a hot dog stand.
A side mounted beer opener completes the project.
Now back to your regularly scheduled “real” woodworking…
-- -- Matt Sanfilippo, Pittsburgh, Pa., www.intheworkshop.info