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The TAB Guide to DIY Welding : Hands-on Projects for Hobbyists, Handymen, and Artists

  1. Cover
  2. About the Author
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright Page
  5. Contents
  6. Preface
  7. Acknowledgments
  8. Part 1 Metalworking 101
    1. 1 Safety First
      1. General Shop Safety
      2. Shop Hazards
      3. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      4. Shop Safety Equipment
      5. Minimum Safety Equipment Review
    2. 2 Welding 101
      1. What Is Welding?
      2. What Isn’t Welding?
      3. How Welding Works
      4. Types of Welders
      5. Types of Welds and Joints
      6. A Brief History of Welding
    3. 3 Steel
      1. What Is Steel?
      2. Mild-Steel Properties
      3. How to Obtain Steel
    4. 4 Metalworking Studio
      1. Layout
      2. Buying Tools
      3. Cleaning and Maintenance
    5. 5 Basic Hand Tools
      1. Clamps
      2. Vice-Grips
      3. Measuring Tape
      4. Wire Cutters
      5. Magnetic Angles
      6. Other Layout Tools
      7. Slag Hammer
      8. Files
      9. Scribe
      10. Soapstone
    6. 6 Grinding and Cutting
      1. Angle Grinder
      2. Bench Grinder
      3. Chop Saw
      4. Parts
      5. Types of Disks
      6. Safety
      7. Practice
    7. 7 Drill Press
      1. Parts
      2. Accessories
      3. Drill Bits
      4. Speeds
      5. Drilling Practice
    8. 8 Roll Bending
      1. Parts
      2. Rolling Practice
    9. 9 Oxygen-Acetylene Torch
      1. Parts and Accessories
      2. Torch Cutting
      3. Torch Welding
      4. Torch Bending
    10. 10 Plasma Cutter
      1. Parts
      2. Operation
      3. Practice
    11. 11 Metal–Inert Gas (MIG) Welder
      1. Parts
      2. MIG Gun
      3. Inside a MIG Welder
      4. MIG Welder Consumables
      5. MIG Welder Adjustments
      6. You Are in Control
      7. Weld Vision
      8. Weld Orientation
      9. Operation
      10. Practice
    12. 12 Finishing
      1. Steel Preparation
      2. Muriatic Acid
      3. Paint
      4. Clear Finish
      5. Wax
      6. Powder Coating
  9. Part 2 Projects
    1. 13 Project Preparation
      1. Materials
      2. Studio Access
      3. Time
    2. 14 Start from Scratch
    3. 15 Cube
    4. 16 Plant Stand
    5. 17 Candelabras
    6. 18 End Table
    7. 19 Fireplace Log Holder
      1. Finishing
    8. 20 Garden Cart
      1. Finishing
    9. 21 Barbecue
      1. Finishing
  10. Resources
    1. Education and Studio Resources (Listed West to East)
    2. General Welding and Online Resources
  11. Index
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CHAPTER 21

 

Barbecue

The barbecue you will build in this project, based on a 55-gallon drum (Figure 21.1), is one of those quintessential do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that I thought had to be featured in this book. I used to be reluctant to use 55-gallon drums for much of anything because the thin-wall sheet metal it’s made out of can be difficult to weld to, and when it is left outside, it can rust pretty quickly. The combination of elements from being left outside and frequent temperature changes when using a barbecue means that the drums frequently give way to rust rather quickly. I made a few alterations to my 55-gallon barbecue design that I think will help to make this project one that lasts quite a while.

FIGURE 21.1 Barbecue.

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