by Michael McLean
I purchased my BBQ pit several years ago and although it cooks well, the original equipment wheels did not make it as mobile as I would have liked.
The obvious thing to do was put the pit on a trailer, but I did not want to climb in and out of a trailer every time the meat needed tending or to add wood to the firebox. To maintain a convenient height, I needed to put the pit on a solid axle.
In my "junk pile" was a 4 x 8 foot flatbed trailer my father built in 1953 from a 1950 Plymouth front axle welded to the frame of a Model T. It was the perfect platform for my project.
I started the project by suspending the pit from the roof beam in my shop using chain hoists and a come-a-long. Then I removed its wheels with a torch. Next I lowered the pit onto the frame and axle from the old trailer. I made sure the pit was aligned properly and then welded it to the frame using my Lincoln Electric AC-225-S stick welder.
I made other improvements as well: the addition of a generously-sized shelf, new fenders and a box below the pit to carry and store wood. An updated 2-inch hitch was also added and a jack-stand was welded to the tongue to make the pit level and stable while disconnected from the truck. Taillights were installed and after a fresh coat of paint, the pit was ready for the road.
The conversion was fun, and more importantly, it gave new life to a project my father completed 57 years ago.
I was amazed at the performance, reliability and versatility of my Lincoln Electric welder. Over the course of three days, it burned a 10 lb. box of rods and never complained once. Lincoln Electric products have now been in my family for three generations!
*The above project images and descriptions have been published to show how individuals used their ingenuity for their own needs, convenience and enjoyment. Only limited details are available and the projects have NOT been engineered by the Lincoln Electric Company. Therefore, when you use the ideas for projects of your own, you must develop your own details and plans and the safety and performance of your work is your responsibility.