How to Build a Stone Barbecue Grill

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How to Build a Stone Barbecue Grill
Build a permanent stone grill to barbecue meat year-round. (bbq grill Chinese style lamb ribs image by Elena Moiseeva from Fotolia.com)

Many people love the taste of a hamburger or steak cooked over a grill fired by charcoal or wood. If you have enough space in your yard for a small permanent grill, you may want to consider building a stone barbecue grill. Keep an eye out on recycling day for the materials needed for this quick and easy-to-build barbecue grill.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 3 tire rims (car or truck)
  • Sand
  • Thick gloves
  • Tin snips
  • Drill
  • 3 bolts
  • Large stones
  • Concrete mix
  • Tarp
  • Wheelbarrow
  • Round grill rack

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Center one car tire rim on a level, sturdy foundation. Level the area with sand if necessary. Center the two remaining rims over the first.

  2. 2

    Wear thick gloves for your protection. Cut a piece of sheet metal with tin snips to fit loosely around the rims when wrapped around--just enough to slip over the rims. The height of the sheet metal should end halfway up the top tire rim.

  3. 3

    Use a drill to screw three bolts into the sheet metal, forming a circle; slip it over the rims.

  4. 4

    Prepare concrete mix in a wheelbarrow, following the manufacturer's instructions.

  5. 5

    Place one layer of large stones around the base of the sheet metal. Continue layering stones all around the sheet metal, placing it close but not touching, applying concrete mix between each stone. The last layer should be 3 to 4 inches below the sheet metal on the front and sides, sloping upwards in the back--the stones behind the grill should be higher than the grill. This will allow easy removal of the sheet metal and rims for cleaning charcoal from the base. Allow the concrete to set before using. Cover the stones with tarp if there is threat of rain.

  6. 6

    Place a round grill rack on the top tire rim. The rack should extend over the rim, but sit close to the stones to prevent it from slipping when cooking.

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