Even though there are all kinds of makes and models of barbecues out there that you could buy, why not go for something that is a little more unique and personal? One way that you could create a truly unique backyard is by building a barbecue. It's not that difficult, and all you really need is a few bricks, some mortar, concrete, and a grill. With all of that in hand, in as little as 72 hours you could have a beautiful new brick barbecue to enjoy.
- Choose your spot. The location of your barbecue is almost more important than the barbecue itself. Choose a spot that is relatively close to your house, away from any windows, and that doesn't have any overhanging branches.
- Lay the foundation forms. In your chosen location, dig a square that is large enough for your barbecue (about 4 feet by 4 feet) and four inches deep. Make the area as flat as possible, though with a slight slope from the back to the front. This will allow water to flow away from the barbecue after it has been built. Along the outside edges of the square, insert some 6 inch wooden forms.
- Pour your foundation. Mix and pour the concrete foundation according to the directions on the cement bag. When you pour the cement, only pour about 3 inches, and then lay down some rebar (about three pieces should do) in the cement. After laying the rebar, pour another three inches. Allow the cement to cure for at least 48 hours.
- Design your barbecue. While you are waiting for the cement to cure, begin designing the layout for your barbecue. Use whatever design is most pleasing to you, but remember to have your grill about 30 inches off of the ground, with a fire box about 24 or 25 inches from the ground.
- Start laying bricks. Spray the concrete pad with some water before to help with the adhesion of the bricks. Begin mixing the mortar according to the manufacturer's directions, and then applying it to one long edge, and one short edge of a brick. Set the brick down where you want it, and then repeat for the rest of the first two layers of bricks. Be sure to alternate the pattern of the bricks for additional strength. Check to make sure that the lines are straight, and that the structure is level before continuing.
- Continue laying bricks. Repeat step five up until you reach the area for your fire box. Make a slight ridge by using a larger brick than you normally would, or by reorienting the bricks that you are using. After making that ridge, continue up until you reach the area for your grill. Repeat the same process for making another ridge.
- Finish laying bricks. Continue to lay the remaining bricks that you need for your design. Once you have finished, touch up the mortar between the bricks by using a small piece of pipe to create the proper concave shape. Allow the structure to cure for at least 24 hours before you use it the first time.
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