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Posted by Lanse on September 08, 2012 at 09:56:35 from (

Hey guys!! So, as I mentioned in the grinder thread, I finally sold that BBQ I made last spring!! It was fun to make, but I was glad to have it gone and have some cash in my hands...

Anyway, I've been thinking of making another one. When I sold the first, I was asking $1000 for it, which IMHO is possibly the biggest reason why it took so long to sell. I ran that idea past my fans on facebook and they seemed to agree...

So I got to thinking about it... "Why did it cost so much to build" and "How can I do it cheaper, without cutting the quality"...

And I got this idea...

Remember how that thing had like an 8 or a 10 sided main chamber? The steel to build that was expensive and it took hours and hours and hours of cutting and welding and grinding.

Ive since learned that I can pick up an 80 gallon air compressor tank on the local craigslist for around $100.

Why didnt I think of that sooner? If I buy a $100 tank to use as the main chamber, I can try to sell my next BBQ for $500, and cut my price in half. Granted I wont make as much in profit, it will only take me a fraction of the time to build, so I'm okay with that.

The only reason why I havent started yet... Is because we're already in September (holy crap, how'd that happen?) and I'm not sure I could sell this thing before next summer.

So I ask you guys...

Do people BBQ in the fall/winter? Keep in mind I live in Ohio...

What about the people that are "serious" about BBQing? They're the ones I'd be marketing most towards anyways...

Tell me honestly, if there are people who aren't afraid to put on a coat and go grill, I'd love to build another BBQ, and I'm sure my fans wouldn't mind watching another build series...

I'm looking for a "big" project to build and sell this fall...

Any feedback is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance :)


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