Holy Smokes: Man revives coffin into barbecue grill

Images: Vincent Levi Bayona Doletin
Images: Vincent Levi Bayona Doletin

DIY grills aren’t new: you’ve probably seen the insides of a car retrofitted into a barbecue station for kicks. But have you ever seen a coffin grill?

One man decided to repurpose and —ahem, revive— of all things, a casket, into a grilling station.

Vincent Doletin, who runs a funeral shop in North Cotabato, told Coconuts Manila he was inspired by the coffin dance meme that went viral during the pandemic, which gave him the idea to try and turn one of his coffins (unused, don’t worry) into a grill.

“I have a lot of coffin stocks, but this particular casket I turned into a grill was given to me by my friend from Santo Tomas, Pampanga,” Doletin said.

Doletin also told Coconuts that he enlisted the help of his cousin so they can build the grill, which took them two days to put together. The coffin grill comes with a compartment for a cooler.

Will Doletin’s unique concept spark any business ideas? For now, Doletin said this unique barbecue station is for personal use.

“It’s just so my family and I have something to use if we go to the beach or the pool. It’s just at my house,” he said.

His social media post has been shared over 4,800 times as of writing.


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