Wood on BBQ pit.

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Project by RICH GRABLE posted 11-01-2009 02:57 PM 7494 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

He friends, now that I got it figured out how to add pictures, I decided to add some of my BBQ pit. A carpenter friend of mine gave me some tounge and grooved hickory flooring that had knots, some holes clear thru etc. Hi knew that I liked hickory smoke. Well I decided not to burn it. I spent some time trying to figure out how to use it to dress up my pit. I drilled and tapped holes in the iron I wanted to cover up. I used stainless bolts. While at the project I always wanted to be able to remove the tounge as it stuck out and people were banging there legs iinto it. Well I cut it off and fixed it so I could remeove it while cooking,,,,,then I added the hickory for decoration. Finished it with linseed oil mixed with a little mineral spirits. I touch it up a day a two ahead of when I will be using it. Makes it look brand new again. I can do stuff like this with wood, but I can not even build a square wood box.


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#1 posted 11-01-2009 03:04 PM

Rich, Doesn’t look like your grill needed any dressing up, but the Hickory is a nice touch. Look great.

-- John @

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 03:40 PM

Cool BBQ…when’s supper ?

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 04:08 PM

Amazing smoker! What is that rectangular unit above the food smoking chamber? A storage cabinet of some sort or a separate smoker?

The woodwork looks great too. :) I wish I could get free hickory in Florida. I do get lots of oak and cherry for smoking though.

-- Will, Tampa, FL

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 04:11 PM

Very nice, not just the Hickory bit but all of it, bet you are envied at tailgate partys lol.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 04:40 PM

I was surprised to see the South Dakota license plate. I figured only a southern redneck could build that big a BBQ pit!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 05:19 PM

“go big or go home”, isn’t that the saying?

You turned an impressive BBQ-er into something SWEET. Nicely done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 11-01-2009 05:43 PM

Wee dogie now thats an amazing smoker

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 05:48 PM

Okay, so by really looking at this thing, you have a rotisserie in the large compartment and that is a motor that turns it in the lower right side of the first picture. I would assume that is for a whole pig, huh? The fire pit would in the round chamber behind the big one, you probably have some grates there for grilling too. The rectangle is probably for cold smoking? Tell me more, last time I smoked foods I woke up at 5 am, to start a fire, I put a beef round, and a pork shoulder in the smoke chamber and went back to bed. Got up at 7 and started rough turning bowls from green apple and maple. I used the shavings for the smoke the rest of the day, then around 9 am I added a turkey. Tried to keep the temp around 225 but thing happen and it fluctuates. Anyway by 2pm we were eating turkey, 3pm pork, and 4pm beef. The trifecta of smoked meets, just needed bacon for the grand Slam. That was a great day. Love your smoker, I can only imagine the possibillities with a machine like that. Was it built by Jesse James?
You Are The MAN!!!

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#9 posted 11-01-2009 05:54 PM

I can smell the tri-tip from here…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#10 posted 11-01-2009 06:08 PM

Nice looking wood. I can only dream of a pit like that. I smoke meat almost every weekend but on a Traeger pellet smoker. It does a great job but nowhere near the capacity of yours. I’m salivating just looking at your pit. I’ve got a pork butt in the fridge that I think I’ll put in the brine. Thanks for the fantasy pic!

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#11 posted 11-01-2009 06:22 PM

That is one awesome party bbq.Nice job.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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#12 posted 11-03-2009 02:09 PM

Boy, I wish I lived next door to you! What a great pit!
I also like the pin up on the wall !

-- Paul, Bristol,Rhode Island

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#13 posted 11-19-2009 07:45 PM

Nice job on the trailer love the BBQ grill Im getting hungry just looking at it. Did you build the grill?

-- Mert,Oshkosh WI,

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#14 posted 11-19-2009 07:47 PM

do you cook on it or ride it LOL….....

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#15 posted 11-20-2009 02:20 AM

Finally another LJ that builds smokers too. I have wanted to show off my tractor smoker but I thought a cutting board might just not be enough wood. I’ll send you a picture

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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