How to Build a Brick Rotisserie

Updated July 20, 2017

Building a homemade brick rotisserie is a great summer time idea. The design will require building a brick fire pit beneath a welded metal rotisserie. This may involve investing in some materials, but for the most part does not require extensive knowledge or tools. With some time and effort, you can have a great homemade brick rotisserie right in your back yard.

Plan your fire pit design. The easiest design to construct is a simple circle. Measure the diameter of the area available and determine what the appropriate size would be. Depending on the size of your bricks, you will need about 20 to 25 bricks minimum to build a decent-sized fire pit. Make sure to leave room to walk or place chairs around the fire pit.

Dig a shallow pit in the centre of the rotisserie area using a shovel. This will allow your brick wall to more effectively shield the flames. Build the walls of the fire pit using bricks. The first layer should consist of the bricks placed in a circle with their corners touching. Add mortar to keep the bricks together and create a sturdier structure. You can ignore the mortar if you plan on building a temporary brick rotisserie. Add another layer on top with the bricks placed over the gaps in between the bricks of the first layer. Depending on the size of your bricks, you may want to add another layer to increase the height of the fire pit.

Purchase the legs of the rotisserie. All you need is two long poles that have a Y or O-shaped top. The legs of the rotisserie need to be made of thick metal that can sustain the weight of multiple chickens or a small pig.

Find a long, straight metal pole to serve as the spit. The spit is the pole that will go through the meat, so it will need at least one sharp end. The length of the spit will be based on the diameter of your fire pit. Find one that is at least two feet longer than the diameter of your pit. This will give you ample length on both sides of the legs to add cranks so you can turn the rotisserie.

Decide on what type of rotating mechanism you want. You can add a motor to automatically rotate the spit, but the easiest solution would be to add a crank and buy some fireproof gloves. This will allow you to manually turn the spit while the meat is cooking.


Make sure to purchase fire proof gloves if you decide to rotate the spit manually. The spit will get hot while cooking the meat. Be careful to not build the fire pit too close to your home, other buildings or flammable objects.

Things You'll Need

  • 20 to 25 bricks
  • Shovel
  • Mortar
  • 3 long metal poles
  • Crank
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Pranav Reddy started writing professionally in 2010. He has written automotive, society, culture and science articles for various websites. Reddy is pursuing his Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado, Boulder.