How-To: Rolled Sheet Metal Yakitori Grill

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Yakitori Grill from MAKE Volume 30

Yakitori Grill from MAKE Volume 30

When longtime MAKE contributing writer Bob Knetzger took a trip to Japan, one of his most memorable experiences was sampling the sizzling street-side grills. In his intro he writes:

Unlike big American grills that cook anything from burgers to ribs to steaks, these specially sized grills were designed to do one thing and one thing only: skewers. Short skewers loaded with chicken, asparagus, meatballs, and other simple ingredients spanned the narrow troughs of red-hot coals. The suspended foods cooked quickly and without burning or sticking to a grate or grill surface.

Bob was particularly fond of the yakitori (marinated chicken on skewers), and designed this simple grill with sheet metal body, cake pan end caps, L-strap legs, wine cork feet and handles, and special roll-proof, double-crook skewers. He shares his step-by-step on the pages of MAKE Volume 30 and on Make: Projects. And yes, the tasty yakitori recipe is also included.

Yakitori Grill Assembled

From the pages of MAKE Volume 30:

MAKE Volume 30Until recently, home automation was gimmicky, finicky, and user-hostile. But today, thanks to a new crop of devices and technology standards, home automation is useful, fun, and maker-friendly. In the special section of MAKE Volume 30, we’ll show you: how to flip any switch in your home with a smartphone, home automation without programming, controlling your HVAC with an Arduino, a webcam security system, and a wall-mounted Notification Alert Generator (NAG) that plays timely reminders as you walk by. Plus, you’ll build a Yakitori Grill, a robust R/C flying-wing airplane, sturdy furnishings from PVC, and more!


8 thoughts on “How-To: Rolled Sheet Metal Yakitori Grill

  1. Joby Elliott says:

    I already built one! It was up and running within a few days of my getting the print issue, and it’s one of my favorite things I’ve built in a long time.

    1. Goli Mohammadi says:

      Well done, Joby! Thanks for sharing your build notes with us!

  2. Poet says:

    I question why the gentleman didn’t fashion slots in measured intervals? In my area an Italian delicacy called a Spiedie is also a marinated meat on skewers. We have squared metal skewers with loops on one end sold in many stores. The basic design of the grill would work for our needs also.

  3. yorkshireprofiles says:

    What a great use for sheet metal. This new material seems to have a lot of uses, and not only that but other research has shown sheet metal to be lighter than metal and also aluminium. Taking this into account you are now able to use sheet metal for a lot more smaller projects due to the weightiness and thickness of the material.

    This blog explains just one of the many uses that sheet metal has. A great post and tutorial on making a yakitori grill, easy for anyone to read.

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