For those of you that like to spend little money to build something that would normally cost a lot in the store, this is for you. The great thing is that is should only take a day, maybe two.
Ceramic Grills/Smokers have been praised by many for their excellent heat retention and insulation properties. They also help keep in moisture. High cooking temperatures are also a nice benefit. They also have the ability to hold temperatures at low heat for the purpose of smoking or slow-cooking for extended periods of time.
Many of you have heard of "Big Green Egg", "Primo", or "Grill Dome". These are all ceramic grills that you would spend anywhere between $600 - $1200 depending on which size you go with. Image: http://www.bargainshopper.ca/greenegg/images/big_green_egg_large.JPG
The interior of these grills looks like this: Image: http://www.fireplacehawaii.com/biggreenegg/bbq_bigGreenEgg_cutAway.gif
Terra Cotta Pot with Saucer (Preferably around 21" dia.)
The saucer will be the grill lid Image: http://www.curbly.com/uploads/photos/0000/0002/9695/pot_large.jpg
Replacement stainless steel grating from a kettle-style grill Image: http://www.viewpoints.com/images/review/2008/149/18/1212015803-02161_full.jpg
Find another grate to support the charcoal
By now you should have a picture of this thing in your mind. Perhaps it looks a bit like this: Image: http://kitchen.apartmenttherapy.com/images/uploads/2007_06_14-Homemade-Grill.jpg
Things to Consider:
- Come up with some kind of nifty hinge system for the cover. You will also need to drill holes in the top for venting. I'd like to find away to make it adjustable.
- Add a cheap thermometer (replacement part for other grill). It should get up to 600 F - 700 F
- Create an adjustable opening at the base to help control air flow into the grill.
You should be able to spend less than $50 for a nice grill.
This post was edited on 2/21 at 12:32 pm