Constructing an outdoor grill can not only serve as a way to make fantastic food, but can also serve as a the focal point for backyard gatherings. Wood-fired grills have the added element of creating an aroma that will permeate your backyard and create an inviting ambiance for family and friends. Use your grill in the spring, summer, and fall months to create your favorite dishes. Simple and durable to install, homemade grills are an affordable way to cook outdoors.
Things You'll Need
- Cinder blocks
- Grill top
Sketch a plan and take measurements so you know the exact dimensions of your grill. Adjust based on the size of the grates you are able to find to cook on.
Clear out the space where your grill will be situated. Make sure the area is free of flammable liquids and debris.
Stagger the cinder blocks, holes facing upwards, and create three identical walls. To maintain stability in the walls and when you add the second layer of cinder blocks, stack them much the same way you would see bricks laid in housing construction, such that the second layer of cinder blocks spans each joint.
Once you've added your second or third layer, depending upon your design preference, lay the grill top on top of the cinder blocks to act as a cooking surface.
The easiest way to get a wood-fired grill going is start off with crumpled newspaper, no colors please, and add a generous helping of dried twigs.
The key as the fire catches is to add successively larger pieces of wood. For example, once the twigs are on fire, you could add split pieces of a log or pieces of wood that are approximately 2 to 3 inches in diameter.
Using matches or lighter, light your fire and start grilling.
Tips & Warnings
- The added bonus of this method is that no starter fluid is needed. Add to the fire throughout your meal and use the grill for making desserts like s'mores.
- Make sure the grill is at least 10 feet from your home to prevent a house fire. Make sure that the cooking surface is not painted. It needs to be steel to prevent any toxic chemicals from entering the food.
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