How to Build a Brick Charcoal Barbecue

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How to Build a Brick Charcoal Barbecue
Add some style to your backyard with a built-in barbecue. (un petit barbecue image by Anthony CALVO from

Many homeowners focus on their outside living spaces as a way to increase their liveable space without the expense of construction. Sofas and televisions are being placed outside to create entertaining spaces. Built-in barbecues are another way you can add outdoor space. A built-in barbecue can add value to your home, but can also be very costly. You can construct your own barbecue with little expense and get it finished over a weekend.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • Barbecue kit
  • Chalk
  • Bricks
  • Mortar
  • Trowel
  • Level

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  1. 1

    Choose a level, paved section of patio to build your barbecue. A concrete surface can double as a foundation for the brick barbecue.

  2. 2

    Lay the grill kit down in the spot where you want to build your barbecue. Draw a chalk outline on the concrete. Remove the BBQ kit. Use the chalk outline as a guide as you build the frame for your BBQ.

  3. 3

    Mix the mortar according to the package instructions. When mixed, mortar should be the consistency of toothpaste. Packaged mortar is sold at most hardware stores with the paving supplies.

  4. 4

    Spread a 1/4 inch thick coating of mortar onto the concrete foundation with a trowel. Set the first course, or row, of bricks firmly into the mortar. Use a level to check your work.

  5. 5

    Insert a metal tie into the two bricks in each corner. The metal tie will secure the corner bricks and provide additional stability to the barbecue. Find metal ties with the masonry materials at the hardware store.

  6. 6

    Spread 1/4 inch thick coating of mortar on the top of the first course of brick. Set a half brick in the corner of the second course. You will alternate setting a whole and half brick at the corner to offset all of the bricks as you proceed. To cut a half brick, set a brick in the grass and score the brick with the tip of a chisel. Set the chisel into the groove at a 90-degree angle. Use a bolster hammer to tap the top of the chisel and cut the brick in half. Wear protective goggles while cutting bricks.

  7. 7

    Lay courses of brick in this manner until you have completed seven courses. Use the level after laying each course.

  8. 8

    Lay four bricks sideways in the eighth course. These four bricks will create a ledge to hold the charcoal tray. Add two to three additional rows of brick. Set four more perpendicular bricks in the ninth or 10th course. These bricks will hold the grate.

  9. 9

    Allow the mortar to set completely. Insert the charcoal tray and the grill onto the sideways bricks.

Tips and warnings

  • Make your outdoor barbecue an outdoor kitchen by including a workspace next to the barbecue. Build a similar shell next to the barbecue using these instructions. Instead of the grill and charcoal tray, use slate tiles as shelves. Add a slate tile on the top to function as a tabletop.

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