13 April 2014

Garage Engineering: Recipe for Your U-cycled Outdoor Canning Kitchen


An electric stove that won't safely hold my large heavy pressure canner filled with water and full canning jars without breaking.

A home with no central air in a town that gets to 115 in the summer. Canning inside is HOT.

Solution: A totally husband designed, engineered and built upcycled outdoor canning kitchen. In short, my husband rocks!


  • Old bar-b-que that's been sitting on the side of the house for two years waiting to be dumped. 
  • Two top burner made of bed-rails purchased from the flea market (brand new never used, came with a new propane hose. 
  • Hose clamps, bolts, lock washers, two angle steel rails (from Home Depot)
  • Small bit of leftover black spray paint


  1. Clean and gut and spray paint the bar-be-que, we left just the frame. The top will be used for another project. 
  2. Bolt in angle rails as an additional top frame. 
  3. Bolt burner to the new top angle rails. 
  4. Drill a hole in the side frame to thread through the propane hose. 
  5. Use the propane tank and regulator from the bar-be-que and run the new hose through and attach to the regulator. 
  6. Fire up and go!

(I know these are sparse directions, email if you have any questions on what we used or how we did it! afrugallife@yahoo.com)


  1. YAY! Way to go husband-man! I haven't ever canned before but we just bought a house with apple trees, cherry trees, plums, grapes, and blueberries. So now I have to learn to make preserves and can. I'm really looking forward to it!

    1. I'm so jealous of your fruit trees Mampotamos! If you have any canning questions just let me know and thanks for stopping by.

  2. My 15 year old is taking welding at high school... we may have to look into this for one of his projects because I would LOVE it!