How to Build Your Own Barbecue Grill

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Customize your summer parties with a brick barbecue built to your specifications. A brick barbecue is a fun weekend work project that even those new to home improvement can complete. Once you've completed the barbecue, the mortar needs at least three days to set and cure. Plan a big barbecue party for the following weekend to test out your new grill toy.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 grill racks
  • Bricks
  • Masking tape
  • Cement
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • Trowel
  • 30 metal ties
  • Place your grill rack on the ground. Lay out a row of bricks around this to serve as a guide, making a U-shape with three sides of brick and one open side. Mark the perimeter of the bricks with masking tape. Remove the bricks while you mix the mortar.

  • Mix your cement with water per the manufacturer's instructions, using a wheelbarrow or bucket and a trowel to mix the cement. When properly mixed, the mortar should have the consistency of mud.

  • Spread mortar in a U-shape where you intend to lay the bricks, using the masking tape guidelines. Then place the bricks over the mortar, leaving 1/2 inch between the bricks to account for the mortar.

  • Place a metal tie in the center hole of the corner brick on the back wall of the U. Then place the other end of the metal tie in the adjacent brick on the side wall of the U. Repeat this on the other side. The metal ties will help strengthen the finished product.

  • Coat the first layer of bricks with mortar. Add another row of bricks on top of the first row. Stagger the second row by half a brick by using a half brick on the ends and full bricks in the center. Work in this manner until you have seven rows of bricks.

  • Lay the bricks side-on--not straight-on--on the side walls of the U when you construct the eighth row. This creates a shelf that will hold your grill rack.

  • Work three rows in the normal manner. Then add a second row of side-on bricks to support a second grill rack.

  • Add two more rows in the normal manner. Allow the mortar to dry. When the mortar dries, fit two grill racks into the slots. The top rack will hold your meat, while the bottom rack holds wood or charcoal.

Tips & Warnings

  • Look for a flat site for your barbecue that's out of the way of any buildings or structures. Avoid locating your barbecue near any buildings or windows where the smoke will drift into your house. The barbecue can be built as large or as small as you have the space--and a grill rack--to fit.

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