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​Sci-Fi Fan Creates Amazing Star Wars Themed Barbecues From Scrap Metal

​Sci-Fi Fan Creates Amazing Star Wars Themed Barbecues From Scrap Metal

When it comes to barbecues, most people just grab a disposable grill from the local corner shop and stock up on a few packs of sausages.

But one sci-fi fan in South Wales has found a way to make the whole experience decidedly more, er, out of this world, having created amazing Star Wars-themed barbecues using scrap metal.

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Dad-of-two Jim Coleman, from Ynysddu, was looking for a project to sink his teeth into after being furloughed.

Jim Coleman. Credit: Caters
Jim Coleman. Credit: Caters

Inspired by the expensive barbecues he'd seen at a convention, Jim decided he could have a stab himself using old pieces of metal.

Having attempted welding for the very first time, after three weekends of work his ambitious idea paid off - and didn't cost him a penny.

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Jim said: "I went to a Star Wars convention a few years ago and I was very impressed but after seeing the extortionate prices of things I thought, I'll give it a go myself.

"I have decided to invest my time wisely during the pandemic and improved my welding skills as I go.

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"I saw the BBQs and burners online and then went from there. I am proud of it.

"It took a few weekends to complete the R2D2, which is the black one, took a lot of hard work!

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"Fortunately, I had some bits lying around in the garage and managed to source some spare materials from work - the gas bottles were also donated by friends, who no longer needed them meaning the projects were free to make.

"My boys Jordan, 22 and Billy, 18, love them!"

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And Jim isn't the only one who's been working on Star Wars-themed grills, believe it or not.

Alex Dodson, who runs Burned by Design, has made a number of impressive barbecue grills and other items over the years, but it's fair to say this one is a little bit special.

The grill is designed using the actual blueprints from the original Star Wars movies, which is why it looks so spot on.

You can get your hands on the grill for £1,395 ($1,719), plus shipping, with a description for the item reading: "The AT-AT BBQ grill. The new must have for the Star Wars fanatic! Designed using original movie blueprints, the iconic AT-AT Walker has been transformed in to the ultimate BBQ! This metal beast is bound to the talking point of every gathering.

"Handcrafted in mild steel using 4mm precision cut laser profiles to capture that movie detailing. The cooking grill is approx. 25x70cm, with an additional warming rack at approx. 12x30cm. Both grills are fully removable.

"It also features a coal rack to keep the coals elevated from the base of the burner. Approx. dimensions - L120cm X W35-50cm X H100cm. Mild steel, finished with a high temperature clear lacquer."

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Topics: Food, UK News, Barbecue, News

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]