How to Build a Rock Barbeque Grill Yourself


You can make your own backyard barbecue grill out of rocks as a weekend do-it-yourself project. The rocks are dry stacked around a metal fire pit ring and an adjustable barbecue grate is placed in the center of the fire pit ring to create a natural barbecue grill that will double as a fire pit once your cooking has been completed. The natural appearance of the rocks will complement the wrought iron barbecue grate and fire pit ring.

Things You'll Need

  • Metal fire pit ring
  • Landscaping spray paint
  • Shovel
  • Gravel
  • Tamper
  • Sand
  • Flat rocks
  • Adjustable barbecue grate
  • Place the metal fire pit ring in the location that you have selected for your rock barbecue grill. Spray a circle approximately 8 to 12 inches wider than the fire pit ring around the perimeter using landscaping spray paint. This is the outside edge of the rock barbecue.

  • Set the metal fire pit ring outside of the spray painted circle. Dig out the circle to a depth of 6 to 8 inches using a shovel. Fill the bottom 4 to 6 inches of the dug out area with gravel.

  • Tamp the gravel down with by striking it evenly in an up and down motion with a tamper. Fill the remaining depth of the dug out area with sand.

  • Place the metal fire pit ring in the center of the circle. Lay the base layer of rocks around the outside edge of the metal fire pit. Place the rocks end to end. Stack additional layers of rocks on top of the base layer until the rocks are level or just above the metal fire pit ring. Stagger the joints above and below each layer to make a strong dry laid wall.

  • Center the adjustable barbecue grate inside the metal fire pit ring and lay it down on top of the sand.

Tips & Warnings

  • Place a patio table and chairs near the barbecue grill so that you will be able to serve food right off the grill to your guests.
  • Wear work gloves to protect your hands when working with rocks.

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