Judging by the aromas outdoors on summer weekends, barbecue grilling is a popular leisure-time activity. Do-it-yourself homeowners who want a substantial, permanent grill can build one out of bricks. Be sure to use fire-safe, hardened firebricks for the interior of the barbecue, to ensure that the bricks don't crack from the heat.
Traditional Brick and Mortar
Built like a traditional brick wall, this type of brick barbecue grill is the most popular. Brick-and-mortar grills are constructed with or without chimneys, depending on the design and the homeowner's preference. A barbecue grill built of brick can be functional or merely a sleeve in which to place a fully functioning grill insert.
Dry-stacked brick barbecue grills are most commonly made of concrete bricks, or blocks, taking advantage of their weight to maintain the structure. This type of barbecue often consists of a single course of concrete bricks arranged on a cement base, with a steel or iron grill placed atop the bricks. The fire is built directly on the concrete, the bricks surrounding it on three sides.
A charcoal-powered brick barbecue grill is constructed to accommodate a grate on which to place charcoal for cooking. The grate should be installed so that it can be moved up or down. This gives you the ability to adjust the heat level to cook different foods at a variety of temperatures.
Most easily accomplished when using a grill insert along with a brick shell, a gas-powered grill uses either propane or natural gas. Bare-bones grill inserts are already pre-plumbed for these fuels and need only be slid into place in the brick shell. To use a propane-burning model, simply hook up a propane tank following the manufacturer's directions. To hook up a natural-gas-powered grill insert, hire a plumber to run a gas line from the main line of your natural gas service. Do this for your family's safety. Installation of natural gas lines must be done by a qualified professional.
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