DIY Design for a Brick Barbecue

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DIY Design for a Brick Barbecue
Designing your brick barbecue gives you many options. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Designing your own brick barbecue gives you the flexibility to choose the look and features you want. The design is only limited by the available parts and your imagination. Building the barbecue is a great way to learn basic masonry skills. With some common tools and a little patience you will create a permanent cooking area on your property. Cooking on this type of grill creates uniquely flavoured foods because the smoke from the fire imparts its own character.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Ruler

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  1. 1

    Choose a location for your brick barbecue that is far enough from your home to prevent a fire. It should also be close enough that you will want to use it regularly.

  2. 2

    Measure the area that is available with a measuring tape.

  3. 3

    Decide what features you want to have on your brick barbecue. Common choices are single grill, multiple grills with varying heights, warming rack, wood storage, and preparation area.

  4. 4

    Determine the materials that are available to you by calling local suppliers. The size of aftermarket grills, fire bricks, and/or capping stones may adjust your design.

  5. 5

    Set up a scale to draw your barbecue on the paper. A typical scale would be one inch on the paper equals 1/2 foot when building.

  6. 6

    Draw a vertical and side perspective of the barbecue you wish to build on the paper maintaining the scale you choose.

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