A fireplace cooking grill.

I’ve not posted an in-depth project step by step in some time.

The legs were forged and fabricated to reduce overall dimensions for shipping purposes.
The legs were forged and fabricated to reduce overall dimensions for shipping purposes.
The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and provide a better cooking surface.
The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and offer a better cooking surface.
The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and provide a better cooking surface.
The whole of the grill was wire brushed to bare metal and then heated to 500 degrees and coated with cooking oil to preserve the piece and provide a better cooking surface.
The rivets are superficial as the 1/2 round cross bars are welded in place underneath the grill. Upsetting then ends was an aesthetic choice.
The rivets are superficial as the 1/2 round cross bars are welded in place underneath the grill. Upsetting then ends was an aesthetic choice.

The project started with a set of dimensions (24″x16″ with 7″ clearance underneath) given to me. Then I presenting various designs and features.

fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking (steel*)
fireplace grill concepts for cooking (steel*)
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking
fireplace grill concepts for cooking

I began work with two of the forged elements out of 1/2″ round.

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Starting the leaf
Starting the leaf
The leaf finished
The leaf finished
The first two elements put together. This isn't traditional joinery but modern; later they where electric arc-welded underneath in place during assembly.
The first two elements put together. This isn’t traditional joinery but modern; later they where electric arc-welded underneath in place during assembly.
Next the 1/4 round that makes up the actual grilling surface was scroll on both ends Extras where made ahead of time as only the best made the cut. the cut
Next the 1/4 round that makes up the actual grilling surface was scroll on both ends Extras where made ahead of time as only the best made the cut. the cut
Arranging and tweaking the 1/4
Arranging and tweaking the 1/4″ round pieces.
A hole was punched and drifted on the opposite end of the leafed bar. Rings wer fabricated cold around a mandrel and all but the last forged element was welded as subtly as possible.
A hole was punched then drifted on the opposite end of the leafed bar. Rings were fabricated cold around a mandrel and all but the last forged element was welded as subtly as possible.
A 16
A 16″ piece of 2x2x1/4 inch angle iron would become the last element. Holes were drilled to allow the 1/2″ round to pass through.

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The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was cut, forged and texture
The angle iron was welded in place and the 1/2
The angle iron was welded in place and the 1/2″ round was upset to form a faux rivet head.
The legs were forged and fabricated and tested. But I'm afraid I don't have time to share that bit.
The legs were forged, fabricated and tested. But I’m afraid I don’t have time to share that bit.

It was great fun to make and as always a learning experience. I’ve got to make one for myself next!
Thanks- Greg
*To be proofed at some poin

Happy holidays!

A bearded sea Barron who bares a slight resemblance to a young St. Nick has been bashing out frames for Christmas lights.
Being the scraggly pirate Blacksmith I am.. making some really cool things out of metal is the best way to spend the holidays.. you may know I love working with steel. If festive decoration is your thing “The Holiday light store” carries lots of fun stuff like Santa shimmying down a chimney (animated legs a flailing), reindeer, castles, planes, trains and helicopters… dolphins and pumpkins with Santa hats, presents, golf clubs (Yes!), Santa’s and elves of every variety.. Dinosaurs… a horse, candy of all sorts and more! You’ve got to see it. Even a whole wild west town complete with jail, church, saloon, bank and stables. Custom pieces to boot. Check out the website – The Holiday Light Store! Those of you in the NC area be sure to visit Hill Ridge Farms for their festival of lights.

Joy to the World
Joy to the World
Statue of liberty
Statue of liberty
Musical notes
Musical notes

misc5 misc4 dragon 3d-star fish castle peace china joy to the world whodat crawfish pot hearts misc2 misc merry christmas reef barn moose the king

Another masive project was this 3 piece extinct herbivore
Another massive project was this 3 piece extinct herbivore
Designing a making dinosaurs has been a real highlight for me
Designing a making dinosaurs has been a real highlight for me
I didn't do it
I didn’t do it
Playing around
Playing around a bit with candy cane parts

reindeer

 

Swinging the ol' ball pien
Swinging the ol’ ball pien
The deer making jig.
The deer making jig.
I felt patriotic.
I felt patriotic.
Merry Pumpkins!
Merry Pumpkins!

I got to help out around the forge and anvil at the Joel lane house again this month for their Christmas open house
Joel lane house Christmas open house
Solvar, Erica and I demonstrated flint striker forging and heat treating.
Solvar’s advice to new smiths.