There are actually several materials you can use to make homemade charcoal grills.

The following are some of the most reliable and easiest to make.

Required Tools and Materials

  • Can opener with a sharp point
  • A metallic can (1 gallon)
  • Lighter fluid
  • Several matches
  • Water and soap
  • Charcoal


Remove the cover from the can. Place the can under running water and clean it thoroughly. Use as much soap and water as necessary. Dry it with a towel.

When it’s completely dry, get the can opener. Point the tip at the sides and make several holes. There needs to be a minimum of 20 holes in the sides.

The bottom of the can mustn’t have any holes. The bottom part will be the homemade charcoal grill’s surface. Assemble the charcoal and set it on a noncombustible surface. Put some lighter fluid on it. Light it with a match. Allow the flames to settle down.

Get the can and carefully put it over the burning flames. Be a little patient, as some flames take longer to settle down than others. It all depends on how much lighter fluid you put in. Get the food and place them on top of the can.

Note: the 1-gallon can is just an arbitrary figure. Use bigger cans if you’ll be cooking a lot of food. If the can opener cannot punch in the holes, use a screwdriver or other pointed objects. Pounding the sharp object with a hammer may help create more holes.

Other Homemade Charcoal Grills

Get a couple of cake pans. Don’t use Teflon covered pan for the charcoal. Get the charcoal and put it in the pan. The deeper the pan, the more charcoal you can put in.

Put the other cake pan on top. You can also use a cookie sheet instead of another cake pan. A pizza pan will also do nicely.

You can also use any grill tray. This can be placed over the charcoal. Other containers will also do provided they’ve been cleaned. All the contents must also be removed.

Some people like to use newspapers when setting up the charcoal.

First, you make the holes in the can. Now put the papers on the can and the charcoals on top of it. Put the fluid on and light it up. Wait for about 15 minutes and this homemade charcoal grill will be ready.

Tips and Warnings

Metallic objects are the best option. However, brick will also be suitable as well as cast iron. Plastic should be avoided at all costs. They will burn or even scatter all over the place.

You can make a hole in the yard. Apply some tin oil in the area and set the charcoal there. Light it up and put an oven rack on top of it. Be careful when lighting the fire. Make sure to have a fire extinguisher nearby. Or have at least a bucket of water.

A lot of foods just taste better when grilled. With your very own homemade charcoal grill, you can have that cookout without busting your wallet.