Eco Friendly Disinfectant

Deciding to be more Eco aware we searched the web for Eco friendly alternatives for disinfectants. We actually found this idea on pinterest and used peels from sour oranges given to us by “Sour Orange Steve”.

He literally has 1000s of them and offered them for free via Craigslist post. My wife purchased a case of quart size mason jars and a 1 gallon container of distilled white vinegar. The mason jars and distilled vinegar set us back a whopping $12 and we managed to fully fill nine jars.

We first started by cleaning the oranges, then proceeded to cut them in half and squeezed out the juice into a large bowl. I figured I could save the juice by freezing it so I can use it to make Moroccan chicken wings at a later time.

After squeezing out all of the juice my sister and I scrapped out the fruit to uncover the whites of the grind. Then we cut the peels into halves then quartered them. We stuffed as many as we could into each of the mason jars and then filled them with white distilled vinegar. We made sure to leave room on top to be able completely cover the peels with vinegar.

Make sure you turn the jars upside down once you have the lids on to release any trapped air. That will reveal a need for more vinegar. Again fill with vinegar to cover all of the orange peels. Once that’s done let them steep for two weeks.

After two weeks strain the solution into a spray bottle using 1 part water to 1 part solution. Essentially half water-half solution. You should end up with an Eco friendly disinfectant with a beautiful citrus fragrance. I’ve been told this works with lemons, limes and some have even added vanilla and cinnamon. I was also told that apple cider vinegar is not recommended as it attracts insects. I’m just starting out so I’ll experiment with other scents at a later time and definitely after I start to use the final product.

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Tiered Planter

We have been wanting to start a garden and haven’t decided on the layout yet. I figured I could construct a tiered planter to get things started. I pieced it together by using two: 2x4x8 common Redwood and ten: 5/8″,5 1/2″x6′ dog ear cedar pickets. This should help us kick start our gardening plans. Here’s the Google Sketchup Plans in case you’re interested in making your own.


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Family Projects: Bean Bag Toss

We decided that we would embark on family projects. So we decided to start with a bean bag toss game. We borrowed the project plans from This should start-up our creativeness to come up with our ideas for games.



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Project: Wood Table For My Primo

Well I have been using my steel frame table for over a year now and since we have moved into our new home I feel it is time to construct my very own custom table. I need something practical, sturdy, movable and offer just a enough table top surface for my trays while grilling and some storage for my grill accessories. So I had been working on design concepts for sometime now and I completed one which offers all of the above. I still need to add the caster wheels to the left side legs which will make it easy to move. Here is my concept which you can download from Google Sketchup and add your own customization’s.

Primo Table Version 2-001

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First Grilling Session at Our New House

We are barely moved in. Literally boxes everywhere but we are tackling them pretty quickly. For new years my mother in law made a large pot of menudo and we’ve been eating that since. Craving for something else I decided to grill some steaks. I didn’t setup the Primo Oval XL yet but the Weber Kettle was front and center. Mighty fine way to end the night. Great steak dinner with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and delicious Barbera wine from the Jerome Winery. Happy New Year!!

Family Garden

We were given the opportunity to use and maintain a family plot which we jumped on immediately. On September 22nd we were assigned our lots and we went straight to work. We cleaned up all the weeds, setup the planting structures, added fertilizer with a little chicken poop and seeded. Exactly a week later we returned for some maintenance (weed pulling) and found that our cucumbers are beginning to grow. Nothing more exciting than to see your work coming to life. 

Here’s an interesting angle of the development. 



Project Drum Smoker or Barrel Grill

Many topics and subjects have crossed my mind in regards to starting a new project over the recent weeks. One in particular is learning how to weld. I did some research (not extensive) about welding and MIG or TIG Welding appear ideal for relatively thin metals. In addition I stumbled upon a post or ad on that was selling 55ga (open head seamless) drums for $15 a piece.


As you can tell by the photo above I purchased four drums. In addition I did some research on drum smokers and barrel grills and ended up purchasing a 4-1/2″ 6amp angle grinder which I will be using to cut these. I’ve been drawing up designs, making adjustments, designing the charcoal baskets and working on a wok concept. Since I don’t have any welding skills or welding equipment my designs are completely nuts and bolt based.

A few of my ideas will require trips to the scrap yard but I will refrain from cutting up the barrels until I am completely confident in my concept which includes a frame with locking casters. Hopefully in the weeks to come I will write posts on my progress followed up with a complete start to finish summation.

In the event you need specs I found the following chart on (

I called around to get pricing on sandblasting and most charge by total area. So here is my quick calc of what a 55ga Drum that is 22.5″ by 33″.

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BBQ Help Hashtag Inception

I was thinking we should offer a twitter based help system by implementing a community monitored hashtag #bbqhelp. We can help each other by offering assistance to those in need or have questions about anything BBQ related. For example if you are looking to purchase a grill then you can post a question along the lines of:

“I’m looking to pick up an everyday grill. Any suggestions #bbqhelp”.

Then a member of the BBQ community can chime in and provide their feedback followed by the #bbqhelp hashtag. Like so:

“Hey @user I use a kettle style grill for my everyday meals since the portions are smaller, but for larger meals I use my smoker #bbqhelp”.

To give you some background about this idea I am essentially borrowing the concept from the SQL community which I am a part of. I am Database Administrator and I work with SQL Server everyday-all-day. I use the #sqlhelp hashtag to ask and answer sql server related questions. It really works. This is about people helping people from all over the world and from seasoned grill masters to newbies like myself.

It’s a great way to break the ice, help a fellow BBQ enthusiast and it serves as a great medium for networking and friendship building. What are your thoughts? Is this viable or a hassle?

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Joe Davidson’s Materials List

I’ve wanted to build a custom pit so I searched the web and found a video tutorial that pretty much walks you through the steps. I haven’t done it yet, but I most certainly will. The primary reason for this post is to provide the materials list that Joe Davidson ( mentioned in his video. Chances are he’s been busy so to help out here’s my little contribution.

Here’s the link to the pdf I put together: Custom Pit Materials Lists.pdf


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Steel Frame Table for Primo Oval XL

I was fortunate enough to pick up a Primo Oval XL at a bargain of a price. Like many product specific accessories things can get pricy very quickly and purchasing a grill table specific for the Primo Oval XL was no different. Seeing that I was somewhat successful at piecing together a quick grill I figured I could brain storm a bit and design something myself.

Like before I had several concepts and decided to scout around to get further ideas for an all wood setup. Definitely glad that I did. Wondering through the isles of Lowe’s I stumble upon some steel frames (72″ H x 0″ W x 30″ D) and beams (48″ L). So I purchased two of the steel frames and six of the steel beams. They must have been on sale because at check-out the total cost for eight pieces was $40.79

I did notice that the steel frame looks slightly different from the photo they have on their website, not exactly sure but the part number matches.

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