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Building a Brick Grill Outdoors

Posted in Outdoor Fireplaces over 9 years ago, 0 replies

It is really simple to build a brick barbecue and it can also be very useful too. This is because once you have a brick barbecue in your backyard you will be able to conveniently entertain your guests with the delicious food that you make over your new, open fire. Of course, this barbecue can also bring your family many years of enjoyment. You will probably even impress your family and friends by building this yourself. With this in mind, here are the steps that you will need to take in order to complete this one-day project:

Step 1. Decide where you want to put your barbecue. Regardless of the area, you are still going to need lay down a small cement slab to build your barbecue on. You should also keep in mind that this is going to be permanent and cannot be moved later on unless you want to take the time to go to the expense of tearing everything down and starting all over again.

Step 2. Build a wood frame that will be used as a template for your grill’s dimensions. Then lay out the bricks so that you can visualize what your grill’s layout is going to look like. This is something that you will only want to do for your first layer of bricks because your other layers will go directly upon this first layer.

Step 3. Now is the time to mix the mortar. This mixture should consist of five parts of building sand to one part of cement so that you will create a stiff mixture. It is important for it to be stiff so that you will be able to bed the bricks in it.

Step 4. You will want to create a bed of mortar to lay your first layer of bricks on. Make sure that you use a level in order to be certain that your bricks are both level and plumb. It is also a good idea to use a piece of plywood too. This can act as a tabletop that you will lay across the brick frame to ensure that the legs are going to be even. Do this for each layer of bricks that you put down.

Step 5. Put half of the bricks on a soft surface so that you can cut them with a bolster chisel and a club hammer. These half bricks are an important part of ensuring that your brickwork will come out properly. Make sure that you only cut these bricks when you need to do so because you don’t want to waste any bricks because you have cut too many of them. It is important to wear protective goggles whenever you do this step.

Step 6. Once you reach layer seven you will want to turn some of the bricks that are located on both the outer sidewall and the inner sidewall so that they will act as supports for both your table and your charcoal grate. Make sure that you measure the grate’s height before you secure the supports because you will want to make sure that it is a good fit.

Step 7. You will now want to make three more supports upwards in order to be able to support the cooking grill. Be sure that you take careful measurements and will not be surprised later on, when the barbecue is completed.

Step 8. Now lay down two more courses of brick and a decorative flat top. This will make your barbecue look good and also act as a shelf for you to sit things on whenever you are doing your cooking. You will also want to use a paving stone in order to create a tabletop that is located next to your grill area.

Step 9. It is time to finally allow the mortar to cure for a few hours. Once this time is over you will want to take a piece of garden hose and use it to create a smooth finish between each of the layers of bricks. This will give you a professional looking finish. Your mortar will not completely cure for three days. Before this time is up though you will want to clean up the edges before the mortar gets too hard. Whenever this happens, it will be too late to clean anything.
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