Oil truck transforms into giant mobile grill


When the truck rolls up, everything seems normal enough. It’s a generic oil tanker. But when the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey” begins to play and the side of the tank starts to open, you suddenly realize things are not what they seem. This is no mere tanker truck, it’s a massive meat cooking monster dubbed the “X Grill”.

[Ken Foster], owner and creator of this $40K+ beast, worked with welder [Gary Webb] to custom design and fabricate every component of the vehicle, from hinges to hydraulic systems. They claim not a single part came from a box. The cooking area, complete with speakers and spotlights, has storage cabinets, stainless steel prep counters, a four burner stove, and a 42 inch grill. If that’s not enough, there are three more grills you can set up beside the truck and hook into the system. All the appliances are run off a 65 gallon propane tank that’s mounted to the side of the truck.

Although the “X Grill” is available to rent for private parties, [Ken] says they spend most of their time at community and charitable events. He donates his equipment and cooking services, and the host group supplies the food and gets to keep any profit.

Good work guys!

[via Neatorama]

20 thoughts on “Oil truck transforms into giant mobile grill

  1. ‘Merica. Fuck yeah!
    I love that this is being used for charity functions! Hacks are awesome, but hacks that give to the community are just that extra bit of awesome.

  2. It’s not a hack. It’s a business. You even have to subscribe to see the video.

    Cool idea but lets not forget the rules of hackdom. A little bit of amateur bashing, bending and welding rather than polished and professional perfection.

    I still want a burger though.

    1. Yeah that linked article sucks. A search for Breakaway X Grill brings up tons of better content, and without subscription fees.

  3. I saw a show which had a bunch of these, one was a scale model of a jumbo jet, which was significantly bigger than this one, and had other features like a built in smoker.

  4. I hate to complain as it is awesome, but he should have looked for tanker on a twin screw truck. That way he would have had room to roast a couple of whole hogs, yummy.

  5. Lent?
    Well, I’m sure he’ll give it back when he’s finished.

    I’ll be here all weekend folks.
    Try the fish. No, seriously…

  6. I’m pretty sure that the hydraulic systems where something from a box, nobody would go through the trouble of building the cylinders and pump them selves. And what about the gas burners and gas tanks ?.

    1. Yeah almost nobody makes anything from raw materials except maybe Thomas Thwaites toaster and even he cut a few corners.

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