Building a Santa Maria Grill for Sam the Cooking Guy
We have wanted to do more fabrication videos for the channel and decided a grill would be a cool build. We started planning out the design and logistics back in June. During the planning phase, the Camera Guy recommended another YouTube channel for me to watch.
It was called Sam the Cooking Guy and featured a man by the name of Sam Zien who cooked a variety of tasty foods in his outdoor kitchen. The foods were simple to make and didn't require any complex or out of the ordinary ingredients.
One day after watching a few of his episodes Sam hit 1 Million Subscribers, I asked the Camera Guy, "how cool would it be to build the grill for Sam and deliver it to him"? We got to planning and thought it would be an awesome opportunity to do some collaborations with other YouTubers. We decided we needed to put a gold play button on top of the grill to commemorate him hitting the 1 Million Subscriber mark. We both decided that Abom79 was the man for the job. We reached out to him and he jumped at the opportunity. We then reached out to Jason with Fireball Tools and asked if we could feature some of his fabrication squares and other tools on our channel during the build. I don't know if you have seen his products but they are amazing and make fabrication so much easier. He sent us a few of his best items, to include the mega square, magic square, shim kit, and some half clamps to use with out tab and slot tables.
We started the build in early October and took 2 weeks to build and film, usually filming a project takes twice as long than it would take to do without filming. We finished just in time for our departure and loaded the trailer up and headed to Pensacola, Fl. to meet up with Abom79 to pick up the play button. Be sure to checkout the play button build on Abom79's YouTube Channel. He did a great job.
After our visit, we headed straight for San Diego to drop off the grill to Sam. It was a 3 day drive to get there but it was worth it. Sam made us a great breakfast at his outdoor kitchen. It was really cool to be on set and hang out with him. He is just as nice off camera as he is on camera. We then shot video with him receiving the grill and he made us a picanha after he got the grill fired up. It was delicious, you can see the full video here.
While we were in San Diego we stopped by and visited Workshops for Warriors, (Video to be released soon) that was an awesome experience. Workshops for Warriors helps teach Military Veterans how to weld or do CNC machining while they transition from Active Duty to the Civilian Sector. It is really a great organization. It was an awesome to be a part of this.
We left San Diego and headed for Temple Texas for the 2019 Good of the Land Festival where we did live welding demos for the crowds and allowed them to weld as well. It was a great two days where we met a lot of other YouTubers, hung out with fans of the show and got to participate with some of the other vendors as well.
After Good of the Land we met up with our friends at South Coast Welding Academy in Houston Texas where they run the WeldTube YouTube Channel. We shot a couple videos with them including the 1,000 Amp stick welding and a 1" CJP Flux core video with back gouging. The guys on that channel are extremely talented and it was great seeing them again. After we finished shooting we headed back to Florida, we drove straight back with a small nap on the way.
All in all the road trip lasted 2 weeks and we covered 6,000 miles. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will never forget. There is a lot of content across these channels that highlights the trip, I hope you all check out all of the videos with each of the channels. Thanks for taking the time to read the article, until next time Make Every Weld Better Than Your Last!
About Jason Becker
Jason Becker is a welder/fabricator with 22 years of field experience in the welding industry and a Marine Corps Veteran. He is also an AWS Certified Welding Inspector and Certified Welding Educator (CWI/CWE). While teaching welding at his local college, Jason pursued his Bachelors Degree in Construction Management from Seminole State College and graduated with honors in 2016. He now works full-time as the co-host for Weld.com.