Hottest PC Ever – The BBQ PC


As it’s been a wet and windy weekend here in the UK it’s given me the time to write up this totally serious guide on how to make a BBQ out of your dusty old PCs.


Step 1 – Find a Doner PC

I find dual 350 mhz SCSI enabled tower to be an ideal candidate. This PC has been sat under my desk for years and had already had its disks salvaged. In it’s day it operated on 128MB of super slow ram (though I think even 32MB would suffice). Be sure to ask the owner of the PC if you can “borrow it” or make sure nobody is looking.

Dismantled PC

Step 2 – Remove Non Essential BBQ Bits

For this you’ll need a hammer and a very large screwdriver. Using the hammer carefully remove the motherboard from the inside of the machine, if it appears glued on by screws carefully prise it off using the oversized screwdriver. If you need to cut any wires you can always fix them later using glue or double sided stickie tape.

Be sure to stack all the bits that you removed from the PC on the patio table, and leave until it rains. That way the parts should be sparkingly clean for putting on ebay later.

Bare PC without plastic
Step 3 – Remove Plastic From PC

Make sure that all plastic is removed from the donor PC (stuff like face plates and floppy drives), otherwise these could melt spoiling the appearance of your garden grill.


PC with hot coal

Step 4 – Position PC-BQ on Flat Surface and Add Hot Coal

Position the PC on a flat (ideally raised) surface and add red hot burning coal (BBQ not household coal as that would spoil the taste). Steal the grill off your neighbours BBQ and put it on your PC (this is where the food will cook).


Cooking meat on the PC BBQ
Step 5 – Add and Cook Food
Somewhere behind the beer in the fridge you should find some sort of meat, put 80% of the meat on the PC-BQ and drop the remaining 20% evenly on the floor or through the holes in the grill.

Cook food thoughly, turning whenever it appears black or flaming. With practice you should be able to lose another 20% through the slots in the grill.

And finally – Serve Food and Beer

Serve the food to your expectant guests and bask in the glory of being a supreme “Mr Make it” and outdoor chef.

Watch out for part 2 of this guide which shows you how to make a PC out of a BBQ.

Thanks to Alek of for the original BBQ PC, though ours is better :)

If you never guessed I may of been a bit bored when doing this, so some what appropriately it’s been submitted to the cool
Alek's BBQ PC

15 reviews or comments

alek Says: May 21, 2006 at 3:32 pm

Great job Al – I look forward to part 2!

Paz Says: May 21, 2006 at 11:58 pm

That’s a cool idea, but there’s too much meat on that grill! How about trying a bit of onion, red and green peppers etc… you won’t regret it!

patrick Says: May 22, 2006 at 6:21 pm

This might be the most useless piece of information i have ever seen.

Al Says: May 23, 2006 at 6:39 am

Thanks Patrick we do our best :)

Solar Powered Tile Lights » Coolest Gadgets Says: May 29, 2006 at 1:54 pm

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Beer Holster » Coolest Gadgets Says: May 31, 2006 at 3:37 am

[…] The beer holster slots on your belt and is perfectly shaped to hold a 12 oz. can or bottle of beer (or any other beverage but we don’t care about that). Ideal for the BBQ chef (especially on a DIY Barbecue) or the amateur DIYer who doesn’t mind making the odd drunken mistake . […]

The Worlds Smallest Fire Extinguisher » Coolest Gadgets Says: July 6, 2006 at 5:30 am

[…] If you’re a fan of barbeques, pyromania or both it’s a good idea to have a fire extinguisher at hand (especially if you make it yourself) and this is the smallest one we’ve seen the PinQY. […]

Janice Says: October 20, 2006 at 4:38 pm

Darn, wish that I had seen your PC conversion to a BBQ grill sooner. In the last six months I’ve given away six or seven towers. I could have donated them to you and you could start mass producing.

Hide that Hose » Coolest Gadgets Says: February 24, 2007 at 4:09 am

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Motorized Grill Brush » Coolest Gadgets Says: April 30, 2007 at 4:30 pm

[…] not sure how the gadget would cope with my ex-PC BBQ but it’s got to be easier than manual washing and probably a tad more hygienic than just […]

JDBBQ Says: June 22, 2007 at 7:55 pm

I guess its nice.. If you like galvanized poisoning.

ian Says: July 18, 2007 at 6:44 am

is there a laptop version, like for use on the beach or something?

Neil Boekend Says: July 25, 2007 at 1:59 am

To prevent the galvanized posoning suggested by JDBBQ you should let the PCBBQ burn for a couple of hours with some wood in stead of charcoal. Get it as hot as possible without heat-bending the PC case. If the PC case bends accidentally just stop throwing small bits of wood in and let it burn a bit. After the heat-degalvanising process straighten the accidentally bend parts and enjoy your PCBBQ.

Please be advised to heat the PCBBQ as far as possible to burn away anything that would burn while having fun. If you don’t you might accidentally destroy enough braincels to forget RAM is susceptible to static electricity and normal harddrives shouldn’t be attached to a 1KW speaker. You might even get the intelligence of Paris Hilton.

Argholath Says: February 25, 2008 at 1:38 am


that thingy is great lmfao.

good job.

harry Says: October 8, 2010 at 4:01 am

awesomme as BBQ. Will have to try this, verry inventive verry cool and it will piss my dad of so much !!! Thank you !!! :)

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