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S Roche



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20 15 7:27 am    Post subject: Shortening a flat top griddle Reply with quote

Like the title says I have the flat top from an old commercial gas griddle that weighs 50#. Measurements are 31" x 18" x 3/4". I would like to cut 5" from the end which has the taper to keep grease from running off, remove 10" from the center, and finally weld the end pieces together leaving about a 21" x 18" griddle for use around the campfire. It is made of steel what type I don't know. I will not be doing the work myself but the question is, can this be done without ruining it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20 15 8:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Without seeing a pic I am not sure if you can take everything from one end but that is what I would do. Welding two pieces together while it is doable it would be my last resort.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20 15 8:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IMHO it would be hard to keep it from warping not impossible just hard. as kam said welding would be my last resort . pics will help Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 20 15 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I plan on removing a center section and using the 5" from an end to keep the raised edge that will contain the grease. I will post a couple of pictures tomorrow.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22 15 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It reads like you're welding the two ends together is this correct? If so and your weld will be center point I would look for other options.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22 15 8:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please correct me if I'm wrong but it sounds as if your main objective is to shorten the top while keeping the grease bridge. If that is the case why not just cut off the opposite end to the desired length and then replace the end rail? I may be off base with my reply but this is what I am envisioning from your post.

I have a very limited welding and cutting experience but I have done some and I think KAM is spot on with his advice. I would avoid welding the center together like a plague.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22 15 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

brutus1964 wrote:
Please correct me if I'm wrong but it sounds as if your main objective is to shorten the top while keeping the grease bridge. If that is the case why not just cut off the opposite end to the desired length and then replace the end rail?

Yes this is what I plan. Each edge has a 5" piece with the taper to contain the grease. The plan is to cut a 5" piece from the end, remove about 10" from the center and then weld the 5" piece back on. Sorry I wasn't clear in the original post.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22 15 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know this isn't what you're asking for but I thought I'd throw out this suggestion. If I was in your shoes I'd be looking for a way to re-purpose that griddle in it's current form. It's a shame to cut something up that's already in good operational shape. Campfire griddles can be had for $75.00 +/-.
I've got this 14" x 28" griddle from Cabela's and I'm very pleased with it.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23 15 4:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Shortening a flat top griddle


Why so complicated???

Just cut the legs down some, of course!
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23 15 7:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I look forward to seeing the finished product. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23 15 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I appreciate all the replies and after thinking it over I decided to leave it alone and buy the cabelas griddle. Why risk ruining it. Thanks guys for the input.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 23 15 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

S Roche wrote:
I appreciate all the replies and after thinking it over I decided to leave it alone and buy the cabelas griddle. Why risk ruining it. Thanks guys for the input.


I made this grill that obviously can be parked over some coals to grill whatever but it also doubles as a place to support my griddle when I'm cooking breakfast or other foods. It's patterned after this Camp Chef grill that can also be picked up at Cabela's.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24 15 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a nice grill Smokin Mike. What are the dimensions of the grate and what size angle iron did you use?
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 24 15 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flyingj wrote:
That's a nice grill Smokin Mike. What are the dimensions of the grate and what size angle iron did you use?


Thanks Flyingj. The frame dimensions are 36" x 18" and the height is close to 10". I used 1-1/2" x 3/16 angle. If I had to do it over again I would have made the legs foldable. You could use 1/8" angle and it would be fine. I used what I had on hand.
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