How to Build a Brick Grill

On a sunny morning or a clear night, a barbeque over a brick grill is the perfect way to enjoy with friends and family. If you don’t have one in your garden, find time this weekend and build your own brick grill.

Materials, Tools, and Safety Tips

Materials needed

  • Bricks
  • Cement, sand and water or pre-mixed cement
  • Mortar and Plasticizer
  • 2” x 4” stock or timber
  • Rebar (steel bars for reinforcement)
  • Metal cross-pan
  • Grill and pegs
  • Nails, stakes and string
  • Board for mixing cement
  • Pencil and paper

Tools needed

  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Spirit Level
  • Saw
  • Hose or watering can

Sand and cement contain lime that can cause burns and irritation to your eyes and skin. It is important to wear goggles and gloves for protection while handling them.

Steps to Build a Brick Grill

  1. Before you begin, you should plan the location and design of your brick grill.
  2. After selecting the site, you are ready to lay the foundation. If you will build on your patio, you do not need to construct another base. Just make sure that you build on a level spot.
  3. If you are building on a nook in your garden, begin by digging a trench approximately 4 inches deep.
  4. You can use 2” x 4” stock to lay out your foundation. You can mix your own cement, sand and water or use pre-mixed cement. Pour this into the foundation hole. The concrete mix should be reasonably level. If you live in a freezing region, put rebar in lattice formation as the cement dries. This is to lessen heaving during a freeze.
  5. Drying the concrete usually takes one to two days. When the concrete has hardened, you are ready to lay the bricks according to your plan.
  6. Mix the mortar for bricklaying. Adding plasticizer makes it smoother and easier to use.
  7. Add enough amount of mortar to the bottom and sides of the bricks and install the first course. Use a spirit level to check that the horizontal and vertical surfaces are even. You can use the handle of the trowel to tap down any bricks that are not flush.
  8. Lay on the second course of bricks. Stagger the bricks – one brick should never go right on top of another – to prevent them from falling over.
  9. A metal cross-pan installed about six to seven courses up serves as your fire tray. When you have reached the desired height, insert the grill pin to hold the grill in place. Remember to leave some space between the bricks along the cross-pan to let the air flow. Allow the grill to set for at least two days before using it.