How to Build your Own Brick Outdoor Grill

Home Improvement

Having family and friends over at the house is the easiest way to spend precious time with them, sharing laughters and stories and having a wonderful time at the comfort of your own backyard. But having a brick outdoor grill can make the experience even better. Not only does it make preparing food for outdoor activities much easier, it also brings a sense of style and gravity to the area with its subtle grandeur that brings people together.

Contracting a worker to build the brick outdoor grill is all well and good, but constructing your very own can save you the money that goes into purchasing such an expensive piece of outdoor furniture. It will also give you the great satisfaction of having created something with your own hands that adds both utility and beauty to your outdoor area.

Tools Needed:

  • Tape measure
  • Shovel (or any digging tool)
  • Brick trowel
  • Concrete mix
  • Mortar mix
  • Spirit level
  • Bolster chisel
  • Lump hammer
  • 4 wooden boards at least 4 feet long and 6 inches wide

Location Considerations

Before anything else, you need to determine the location of the grill. A reasonable size of a brick outdoor grill is about 4x4 feet, but you’ll have to buy a grill first because it will determine the exact width of the brick structure.

Whatever the size, you will need to look for a place that has enough space. Look for a spot away from any flammable material such as nearby trees, wooden furniture or objects made of paper or cloth. You also do not want smoke getting into your house or your neighbors’.

An outdoor grill is there for convenience, so it still has to be within the proper distance for transporting food items and cooking utensils between the grill and the house. If there is a designated children’s area like a sandbox or a playground, keep the grill a good distance away.

Once the grill has been built, there is no moving it so be absolutely sure about your chosen location before you start the project.

Step 1

Once you’ve decided on a location, take your measurements then start digging. Six inches deep will be enough for laying the foundation. Place a border on the edges of the hole using the six-inch wide wooden boards. Fill it completely with concrete mix then use the brick trowel to smooth it out. Wait for at least two days for the concrete to harden completely.

Tip: During this break, wash the bricks you’ll be using a day before you start laying them. This keeps the brick moist enough so it doesn’t absorb the water needed for mixing the mortar.

Step 2

Once the foundation is completely dry after the 48 hours, you can start laying the bricks. You will be building three brick walls on the tops of the sides of the foundation. The fourth side will serve as the opening where the grill and coal tray will be placed. If this is your first time building anything with bricks, set up the walls first before applying mortar so you have an idea of how the layout will work.

Step 3

With the setup cleared, you can then begin mixing the mortar according to the instructions from its package. Spread the mixture on all the necessary sides of the different bricks you’ll be using, and start laying according to the layout. A good level of thickness is about half an inch of mortar between each brick. Use the spirit level to make sure each brick is properly aligned.

Tip: Some bricks will have to be cut in half to keep the edges of the structure uniform, with no brick sticking out. Use the bolster chisel and lump hammer for that job.

Step 4

The height of the structure will be determined by the height of the people using it. For starters, four feet high is generally good for most people. However, if only one person will be in charge of the grill, then its height should accommodate him/her perfectly.

Lay three bricks facing inward on each of the two walls opposite each other, just one level below the last row of bricks. This is where the actual grill will be resting. Do the same two levels below the grill for the coal tray. It will take at least 24 hours for the mortar to dry. You can also aptly decorate it for more visual appeal.

With the brick outdoor grill firmly in place, you can start cooking tasty steaks, chops, vegetables and more, providing delicious meals and fun times with your loved ones.

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