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Old 26 September 2011, 14:39   #1
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Boats, beaches and BBQs

Evening all,

Haven't been on recently but I thought I would just rear my head about a couple of things to canvass your opinion!

The topic for my A level DT project is "A BBQ with a difference", now of course there are loads of ways to take this but for me I thought boating was the most obvious way forward. There are no design limitations whatsoever, one guy is planning on chopping the front half of an LR off and using the bonnet as a cover with the grilling system within. (Actually one limitation - has to be charcoal)

So boaty things I've been considering:
Big space inside lockers however difficult access into them = detachable legs or at least some means of folding etc.
Separate fish/meat areas for fish caught at sea.
Try and keep the charcoal very sealed, people don't like ash all over the deck
Windy at sea - need to find an efficient way to start it - Meths compartment?
Also for use on beach etc
Corrosion resistance obviously a big deal,
Quick to set up, probably want to be putting charcoal in before departure.

Going to be using stainless of course, have use of wacking great laser cutter, bending tools punch etc etc but no press so domes are out.

Few other things on the boil but thought the boating fraternity may have some useful things to add to the list

I will obviously keep you updated with progress as this has to be finished for the 5th December...

So..any ideas? I know the "son of Hibachi" is popular with Mollers and certainly there are aspects of its design that I want to use however I think I'd want to go a little larger and exploit the one off custom nature of the build.

Many thanks,
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Old 26 September 2011, 15:14   #2
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Are you planning to light a bbq on board into-the-red ? flames on a rib, especially relatively uncontrolled ones from a charcoal fire don't seem that smart... what with hypalon not being heatproof and all that petrol about.

I have seen a "yachty" type BBQ being used over the rail on a large rib - but it was diesel and the BBQ was well away from the tubes.

I think the other thing about a charcoal BBQ which makes it less ideal for beach trips is the warm up time, and cool down time. Not to mention the mess. Perhaps some way of using disposable BBQs (seem to warm up quicker) to minimise mess, and enclose it so that the outside doesn't get hot etc?
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Old 26 September 2011, 16:54   #3
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We have used the Cobb bar b q on the floor of our rib a lot. it works well.
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Old 26 September 2011, 17:49   #4
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Make a floating one

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Over here most yachties use propane BBQs. I don't know the UK term for the but liquified petroleum gas, LPG. You could put one on the A-frame.
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Over here most yachties use propane BBQs. I don't know the UK term for the but liquified petroleum gas, LPG. You could put one on the A-frame.
Jack, we call it propane too. However this is a High School project for Gotchiguy so I guess their health and safety people won't let him play with compressed flammable gasses.
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Going to be using stainless of course, have use of wacking great laser cutter, bending tools punch etc etc but no press so domes are out.
Many thanks,
Oliver
Domes/cones should be very much in with the above and a little bit of CAD
+ airflow control and hot or cold smoker options for a start

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DT at A level? A bit soft for a smart kid like yourself??
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DT at A level? A bit soft for a smart kid like yourself??
Agreed, that's why I'm doing it as a fifth subject. Pursuing my interests without replacing a proper subject apparently. You'd be amazed at how much work DT takes though, it truly is amazing how much time needs to be spent on it.

Anyway, the reason for the thread revival is to show you a couple of pictures of my finished article, just for your interest. I'll put a few pictures of the "nautically-themed" coffee table too




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