Building Your Own DIY Backyard Brick BBQ
If there is one thing that many people enjoy doing once the weather gets nice, it is going outside and grilling for friends and family. But, traditional grills that are left outside can sometimes rust and have other issues that may prevent someone from participating in their favorite summer pastime. A solution to this problem is by building a DIY Brick BBQ Pit to provide maintenance free, durable summer enjoyment for years to come!
Materials and Tools for a DIY Brick BBQ Pit
Directions for Building a DIY Brick BBQ Pit
1. Prepare the Area for the Pit: Begin by determining the placement and size of the BBQ pit. Using the grill grates to help determine the size needed, measure out the size, being careful to include the width of bricks desired to make the walls. Clear the space of any debris and grass, excavating the area at least 8 inches deep. Level the space and pour gravel so the hole is a total height of 3inches, compacting and leveling with a tamper.
2. Pour the Concrete: Mix fast-drying concrete according to the listed directions. Pour concrete on top of the gravel area until the hole is filled level with the ground. Smooth and level using the trowel and allow to dry for 24 to 48 hours.
3. Plan and Set the Bricks: Dry-set the first layer or two of bricks before mortaring them into place. This will help outline the remainder of the bricks. Lay bricks end-to-end around the outside of the concrete slab, leaving a ½ inch gap to account for mortaring. Additionally, make sure the bricks lay square at each corner.
4. Begin Laying the Bricks: Prepare the pre-mixed mortar according to the listed directions. Trowel a generous layer along the brick outline and begin laying bricks by placing them firmly in the laid mortar. Mortar the end of the next brick prior to laying it beside the previous one to fill in the gaps. Continue this process, removing excess mortar and continually checking the straightness of the bricks. Continuing building walls upward, making sure to stagger the bricks for each layer.
5. Lay the Final Layer of Bricks and Complete: Once the top most layers are reached, begin turning the bricks inward toward the pit center to hold the grill grate. When all layers have been laid, allow the mortar to cure for the recommended amount of time. Finish by cleaning the pit with a stiff brush.
If you are going to build a brick BBQ, you may need a Mountain View tool rental center to get all of your missing tools and supplies. Hipp Modern Builder’s Supply is a local hardware that would love to have you stop by for your supplies and tips! If you cannot come by the store, visit us online and click here.
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