Ever fancied building your own barbecue? We have extracted this video from the YouTube Vaults to show you exactly how to do it!
Enjoying a barbecue in your garden or outside area is quite simply the best way to spend a sunny weekend afternoon or warm evening. Barbecues are great for use during social occasions and for impromptu family barbecue suppers. Building your own barbecue is not as difficult as it may sound and can make a fantastic addition to the garden where you will be able to regularly enjoy the sizzle of your favourite succulent dishes.
To build your own barbecue you will need:
• Brick setts
• A paving slab
• A shovel and a trowel
• A barbecue grill set
• A spirit level and
• A length of hosepipe.
Before commencing any work first consider the location that you intend to build the barbecue. For example, is it too close to the house or a neighbour’s home? Is there any greenery or nearby trees that overhand nearby and may catch alight? Is there adequate room for anyone cooking to move around safely and for others to access the garden and house without being at risk when the barbecue is lit? Once you have considered this and have the perfect spot it is time to get started. This project should be completed within one day and shouldn’t require any professional help.
1. Firstly, using the barbecue grill cooking grill as a guide, lay out the first level of bricks out to map the shape of the barbecue. It is simpler if you build your barbecue with whole bricks as much as you can to eliminate the need for cutting bricks which adds time and a lot of extra effort to the project.
2. Follow the manufacturer’s instruction when it comes to mixing the cement, sand and water in order to make cement that is stiff when stirred.
3. Next, use the spirit level to check that the site you intend to build on is level and spread the first layer of mortar.
4. Again use the spirit level to mark out the outside edge of the barbecue in the cement. This will provide a guideline for the first layer of bricks. Once the first bricks are laid ensure that they are level and that all corners are tight at ninety degree right angles.
5. Using a metal tie by inserting it into the mortar, join the inside and outer walls of the new barbecue together to ensure that it is as sturdy as possible.
6. Continue to layer up your brick work, checking constantly that the work is level and that both sides are even in height. The spirit measure should be at work frequently throughout this project.
7. When you have built the barbecue to the height which is three bricks lower than would be comfortable for you to cook at, turn bricks side on around the side and inner walls to create a ledge for the barbecue charcoal tray to side on. To create a tidy edge, use a half brick across the outer edge.
8. Build up another three layers before adding another side on sequence to add the grill tray to.
9. Finish the project off neatly by adding brick setts around the edge, use a hosepipe to neaten the mortar by drawing it along the joints and use any remaining cement to add the paving slab to the top to use as a counter for plates etc.
This is a relatively easy DIY barbecue build which will be the envy of your neighbours and a delight to your barbecue guests.
There are many types of barbecues on offer and the increasing variation can leave some wondering which barbecue is right for them. Knowing a little bit about each option can help you to decide on the barbecue that will hopefully last you for quite a few good long summers.
These are seen by some as cheating, as essentially they operate just like a kitchen oven however are adapted to use bottled (LPG) gas and so can be used outdoors. They are however the ultimate in barbecue convenience, with adjustable settings and instant ignition. You will find these are more substantial than other barbecues, being heavier especially when the bottled gas is added, so they are not ideal for moving around. When buying check how easier they are to clean and the capacity as some larger models can easily cook a turkey- handy if the cooker blows up over the festive period!
The more traditional type of barbecue these are a lot cheaper than the gas barbecue however they are also less convenient. Some prefer them as they believe only a charcoal barbecue will give the smoky flavour to the food been grilled, yet cleaning can be tiresome. There are advantages as nothing smells better than a charcoal barbecue and this is the one that will have neighbours salivating wishing they’d thought of the al fresco dining themselves, however you do need to light the coals a good hour before you intend to cook. By their very nature they can become quite smoky, so bear this in mind with the positioning, so you don’t upset any passing traffic or add a subtle fried chicken taste to the neighbours washing!
These are a wonderful Mexican way to cook food in a clay oven and specialist retailers will be able to supply you with grills to fit.
There are now barbecues that do everything bar clean themselves afterwards. The most popular is the smoking barbecue. Using a range of briskets from apple wood to pecan these smoke meat before you grill it giving a true American taste. These are more expensive as they are relatively new to the UK but well worth the expense.
Building your own barbecue is quite simply using the charcoal method. You need to decide on a permanent site as it will be stationary forever more. The size of your build depends on the grill you buy, and your construction will form around this. You can also use a built in barbecue kit to use as a template.