Here’s a great do-it-yourself project. Store bought versions of these cost between $35-$70. You can build one for about half that price or less. These are normally found in a tripod configuration. The factory built models use specially stamped brackets.
Coghlan’s Tri-Pod Grill and Lantern Hanger
We’ve developed this quad-pod to show you that it is possible to build a portable cooking stand using readily available materials. The stand can be built in less than an hour with common tools.
Be sure to read the comments at the end of this post……..
- Four 60″ pieces of 1/2″ EMT conduit. These should be available at your local home improvement store. You can save some money buying them in 10′ lengths and cutting them in half.
- Four corner brackets. These don’t need to be very large. We had angle iron on hand so that is what we used for this article.
- Six #40 “S” Hooks
- 12′ of jack chain that can handle 40 pounds and allow a 1/4″ bolt to pass through it.
- Eight 1/4-20 x 1.5″ bolts, nuts and lock washers.
- One 1/4″ x 4″ Eyebolt with 2 nuts and one lock washer
- Two large 5/8″ washers about 1/8″ thick
- Two 1/4″ x 1.25″ Fender Washers
- One grilling grate, about 18-20″ square or round
Tools used for this project:
- 1/4″ Drill Bit
- Wire Cutters
- Tape Measure
- Adjustable Wrenches
Drill two 1/4″ diameter holes in each piece of conduit. One hole at 1/2″ from the end and the second hole at 8″ from the same end. These holes should be at 90 degrees from each other. File or cut the burrs off.
Gather your corner brackets and drill a 1/4″ hole in each leg. The holes should be located in the same spot on each bracket. The brackets below are made from 1.5″ angle x 1″ long and 1/8″ thick. The holes are 1/2″ from the edge and centered.
Assemble the stand by bolting the conduit pieces together with the angle brackets. Leave them semi-loose until all the bolts are in place.
Clamp the entire top together using the eye-bolt, fender washers and large thick washers.
Attach 4 pieces of jack chain 8″-9″ long to the lower holes of the conduit. You can use a single 32″ piece of chain if the link spacing is correct.
Install one of the S hooks onto the eye bolt.
Cut four pieces of jack chain to approximately 18 inches long and install an S hook to one end of each piece. If you’re using a round grate, you can probably get by with only 3 pieces of chain.
You should have about 4 feet of jack-chain left. Install an S hook on one end and hook the other end of the chain to the S hook at the top of your quad-pod.
Attach the short lengths of chain to the pod’s chain, leave one side of this S hook open so you can remove the grate and attach a kettle in the future. Attach the grilling grate.
The photo below shows the chains held by a quick clip instead of an S hook. The clip is a nice feature but it isn’t necessary, the clip just happened to be on the chain that we had.
That’s it! The nice thing about this stand is that it can be folded up for storage.
Practice raising and lowering the grate before you use the quad-pod. It’s common to adjust the cooking height when cooking over a wood fire.
We’ve been building and using these stands for over 20 years now. Normally we build these as tripods but, as mentioned above, the quad-pod is simpler to build. If you’d like to build this as a tripod you can simply use only 3 angle brackets. The angle brackets need to be bent to 120 degrees instead of the 90 degrees shown in the Step Two photo. The holes should be drilled about 1/32″ larger to make up for any initial misalignment.
We had most of the materials on hand for this project. We did have to purchase the conduit, large washers and S hooks. I did some quick price checks at the store… this stand should cost less than $20 to make.
We never throw-away a usable grilling grate, in fact, I will pull them out of other people’s cookers if/when I see one on the side of the road. These will be worth their weight in gold in a long term disaster.
We heat our home with wood and do about half of our cooking outside over a wood fire since firewood is abundant. Only rarely will we use a charcoal grill. It’s our opinion that whatever LP or charcoal we could store will eventually be used up in a long term disaster and we’ll all end up cooking on wood anyway.
These make GREAT gifts!
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