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Top 10 ways to recycle a beer keg

After the success of our top 10 ways to recycle a wine barrel, we decided to turn our attention to beer, discovering a host of weird and wonderful ways to transform the humble keg.

The eco-conscious among us have long trumpeted the benefits of so called “up-cycling” in which disused items are given a new lease of life and a completely new use.

But as this list proves, some have taken their ability to transform an everyday object, such as an unassuming and tired beer keg, to another level.

Scroll through to see some of our favourite ways to up-cycle a beer keg…

10. Industrial-chic urinals

A fitting end for a hard-working beer keg?

9. A tasty Tandoor oven

The method for transforming a keg into an Indian Tandoori oven was posted online by one canny inventor here who wanted to make his own naan breads and favourite indian dishes. His process if impressively scientific and well executed.

8. A beer-based mailbox

Signal to your neighbours your love of beer with a crafty keg mailbox.

7. A weighty workout tool


Get ripped with a beer keg workout, if you can muster the strength, and resist drinking its contents.

6. A cleverly concealed guitar amplifier

Are you an electronic whizz-kid? A disused keg makes for a fitting housing for an amplifier.

5. Beer-illiant bar stools

Prop yourself up at a beer-keg barstool – a trendy addition to any bar.

4. A stylish place to perch

This cushioned keg chair could make for a trendy outdoor furniture set.

3. An unconventional Christmas tree

Fed up with conventional Christmas trees? Try this monstrosity on for size.

2. Keg planters

Possibly the most practical and cost effective way to make use of a discarded keg. Split it in half and fill it with flowers for a beautiful garden display.

1. A spit roast barbecue

The fun doesn’t stop once the beer keg runs dry. Why not turn your old keg into a spit roast so you can enjoy a cold one while feasting on a slab of meat? Please take advice before attempting this transformation.

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