Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

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Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Bones » December 1st, 2015, 10:38 pm

I have a 55 gallon drum grill that was made by a welding shop many years ago. After my father-in-law passed away 14 years ago, the grill has been sitting in the elements. I asked for the grill a few months ago and, despite being exposed for all those years, it's in remarkably good shape after a thorough cleaning and burn out. The only issue is the hinges were cheap welded on piano hinges that have broken apart. The only thing holding the top on is a flimsy chain. This is a thick steel barrel grill so the top is heavy.

Question: Which weld on hinge should I use? Two 3" bullet weld on hinges or two 4"x4" weld on butt hinges? Or am I completely off base?

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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Big T » December 1st, 2015, 11:27 pm

:welcome: If it's something thick that will last for many more years I'd go with the bullet hinges.


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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Rodcrafter » December 2nd, 2015, 6:38 am

Does it have a flange around the top to seal the 2 halves? I asked this because bullet hinges weld on about 1/2" from the center of the hinge pin, and if it doesn't have a flange it may be too close to the edge of the halves. If not then I would use the 4" flat hinges, and I would bend them before welding them in place to fit the contour of the barrel.

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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Fishless Mickey » December 3rd, 2015, 1:23 pm

Can you upload a picture or two? Helps if folks can see what ya got


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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Bones » December 7th, 2015, 9:34 am

I guess I need a tutorial on how to post pictures! I tried to do that the first time around without success.

Rodcrafter - It does not have a flange. This probably explains the original hinge choice.

I'll try again to post pictures ...



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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Rodcrafter » December 7th, 2015, 2:43 pm

I'm sure that had a lot to do with it.

There's some tutorials on the home page you can get help with pics and such.


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Post by Big T » December 7th, 2015, 8:35 pm



Measure Twice.....Cut Three Times.

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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Tom_Heath » December 10th, 2015, 11:13 pm

the weld shops have 1 1/4 x3 weld on hinge, just flat plate with no screw holes.

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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Pete Mazz » December 15th, 2015, 5:02 am

If you can drill them out, why not get some stainless steel bolts of the appropriate diameter and length and insert them.


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Re: Hinge Question for 55 gallon Drum Grill

Post by Rodcrafter » December 15th, 2015, 7:47 am

The grill is in good shape, no wonder you want to fix it. The type of hinges it had was fine they just weren't weld on hinges. The heat and weather takes a toll on these parts, so they will just need to be replaced after a few years. I would go back with a similar type .

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