How to Build a Backyard Grill


Grilling is a favorite summer pastime of many homeowners. Some people grill once a week, others grill only for large parties, and some grill in the middle of the winter because they love the flavor so much. Instead of spending hundreds on propane for a grill or having to store and unpack a grill every time it is used, build a brick grill in your backyard to have it handy year-round for use with wood or charcoal.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Concrete block
  • Fire-safe brick
  • Brick caps
  • High-heat resistant mortar
  • Trowel
  • Grill screen or rack
  • Decide where you want to place the backyard grill. You must place the grill on the ground or on a concrete patio surface; the bricks you use to build the grill will be too heavy for placement on a wooden deck or porch. A grill can be built directly beside a wooden porch or deck so that you can access and grill from the surface.

  • Shovel the area where the grill will be placed if you are not placing the grill on a concrete patio. Shovel out a square or rectangular area and check with a level. A 3-foot by 3-foot area is ideal though you may choose to go larger or slightly smaller.

  • Lay a concrete block pad using a trowel and heat resistant mortar. Stack the block so that the holes are not exposed on the sides, as the sides will be exposed in the finished grill. Stack two layers of bricks to create the height of the grill. For a grill that extends from the ground to a porch or deck, lay concrete block until the block sticks approximately 2-feet above the surface of the porch or deck.

  • Use the high-heat resistant mortar and lay a single layer of fire-safe brick to create the bottom surface of the grill pit. Then begin building up the sidewalls of the grill. Lay the brick in a traditional brick pattern until the wall is approximately 1-foot tall.

  • Attach brick caps to the tops of the walls to hide the holes in the bricks, if any exist. The caps will attach with mortar as well and should be fire-safe as well.

  • Find a grill screen or rack to place over the opening. The screen may be from an older stove, bought new or welded to fit the size of your grill.

Tips & Warnings

  • Remember to clean your grill screen or rack before and after each use.
  • Use a standard fireplace shovel to remove ashes and debris from the 1-foot deep barbeque pit of your backyard grill.
  • Cover the top of the grill when not in use to prevent animals and debris from being trapped inside the grill pit.

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