Flower Pot Grill from D.I.Y. Grills and Smokers Slideshow

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Flower Pot Grill

This is a fun and inventive way to grill up some kebabs. A 10-inch terracotta flower pot is a great insulator while kebab skewers eliminate the need to find a metal grating. Just be careful when moving the pot, or your kebabs won't be the only thing cooking.

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Altoids Miniature Barbeque

You probably won't be using one of these babies to throw a big party, but they do come in handy if you get the munchies and want some s'mores. All you'll need is a round Altoids container, one charcoal briquette, a couple of metal computer fan guards, and some screws.

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From an Old Fridge to a Meat Smoker

While this is one of the more challenging projects, the results look like they're well worth it. You can pick up an old refrigerator at a scrap yard on the cheap, or you can finally find a use for that old one that's been sitting in your garage, empty. Either way, you'll need to find a way to wedge a hot plate or part of an electric stove into the bottom, and drill a vent at the top. A thermometer is a nice touch. Since it's a fridge, the insulation and the “smoking racks” should already be in there, and it even already has a door. Clever.

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The Trash Can Smoker

This one doesn't involve any charcoal briquettes, but instead uses a hot plate and wood chips to create an indirect heat source — a true smoker. While the insulation might not be perfect, it looks like it will do the job. You'll want to do the cooking in advance with this however; it might be a hard sell convincing your neighbors to eat something out of a trash can, no matter how clean it is.

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A D.I.Y. 55-Gallon Smoke Grill

The creator of this well-designed smoker put a lot of thought into his project, but it's definitely for the more experienced do-it-yourselfer. A T-shaped contraption made from two oil drum barrels welded together, with a hinged door, oven thermometer and a drip tray, it's definitely impressive. And you can use either wood or charcoal. This one is top of the line.

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Cardboard Box Smoker

Although you wouldn't call this an elegant solution, it is definitely simple. All you'll need is said box, some wood chips, a few wooden rods, a skillet, a metal grating, and a couple of digital thermometers. Just be careful. Cardboard is flammable, after all.

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