How to Build an Outdoor Barbecue Oven

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Nothing smells better in the summertime than some ribs or burgers on the grill. A backyard barbecue party is sure to draw a crowd. Building your own outdoor barbecue oven is a must for any outdoor enthusiast. A barbecue oven, commonly known as a grill, can be covered to allow the smoke to heat the food like an oven for longer cooking projects or can be left uncovered for quick cooking projects. Outdoor barbecues can be customized to desired height and width and are simple enough to be built in one afternoon. Best of all, a new outdoor barbecue oven calls for a celebratory cookout, so start planning your menu.

Things You'll Need

  • Cement
  • Shovel and bucket
  • Spade
  • Bricks
  • Grill rack
  • Charcoal container
  • Stone slab
  • Level
  • Locate the best area to build your barbecue oven by finding an area of level ground that isn't near any gardens, saplings or play areas for pets or children. Because you won't want smoke from the barbecue blowing into the house, position your barbecue accordingly.

  • Clear the ground before beginning, if necessary, then lay one level of bricks on the ground in the shape of a square-shaped 3. Use your grill rack to measure how wide you will need each of the two chambers to be, then carefully remove the bricks, making sure to leave clear tracks in the ground.

  • Mix your cement via the instructions on the bag. Using your spade, apply an even base layer of cement in the dirt impression of the bricks and then replace the bricks in the 3 pattern.

  • Check all corners to make sure your structure is level. Then continue to alternate layers of cement and brick until you have seven even layers of brick.

  • For the eighth layer, place the bricks side-on rather than end-on for the left and center prongs of the 3, such that one short side of the brick is flush with the structure and approximately half of the brick juts out beyond the frame. You will rest a charcoal container on this ridge or even a second grill rack at times.

  • Work the next three layers of brick in the standard manner. Repeat the side-on brick work on the fourth row; this support will be used for the grill rack.

  • Apply cement to the right side of the 3 and place your stone slab, which will serve as a prep area, resting place or basting station when you use your barbecue oven. Apply one final layer of cement and bricks to the left side in the standard fashion.

Tips & Warnings

  • The height of the station can be adjusted, so determine before you begin if you will need a taller station, and delay construction of the side support layer accordingly. Build a cover for your barbecue oven from scrap metal by bending it into an L-shape and attaching a handle.

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