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Railfoad Engine Barbeque Grill
You've never seen a barbeque grill like the one built by Ralph Edwards, Efland, N.C., that's 22 1/2 ft. long with a 5-ft. dia. tank and a pair of smokestacks on top that make it look like an old railroad engine. It even has a large brass dinner bell at one end of the grill.
Mounted on a trailer fitted with axles off an old mobile home, the grill stands 13 ft. high and has brass bands at both ends and on top of the smokestacks (the bands are secured to the tank by copper rivets). The tank has two separate cooking chambers, with individual temperature control for each chamber.
"We've taken it to the Indy 500 and to conventions. When we pull up to do a job, people know right away that we mean business," says Edwards. "We once served 10,000 people per day at the grand opening of a sporting goods store. The grill is big enough to handle large sides of beef."
Edwards made the grill by welding two 1,000-gal. steel tanks together end to end He cut out two doors along one side and welded a brass handle to each one. Char-coal and wood are stored in a compartment that runs the length of the grill under the doors. A pair of openings lead from the compartment into both cooking chambers, making it easy to add charcoal or wood to the fire.
Each smokestack contains a spring-loaded damper for regulating air flow through the grill. A clean-out bin is located at each end of the grill. Air flow into the grill can be controlled by adjusting the doors in the cleanout bins and charcoal storage compartments.
Edwards spent about $10,000 to build the grill not including labor.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup Ralph P. Edwards, 6101 High Rock Road Efland, N.C. 27243 (ph 919 563-1965).

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1996 - Volume #20, Issue #4