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    How to build a brick barbecue – Projects: Garden DIY –


    You can’t beat the taste of barbecued meat cooked on an open fire. Forget rushing to the garden centre to buy an expensive barbecue – set aside one day and you can have your own stylish brick barbecue.

    Once you’ve built your barbecue, why not turn to your hand to building a raised bedor a wooden planter?

    How to do it

    Barbecue - laying out bricks


    Lay out the first level of bricks for the barbecue using the cooking tray as a guide. Keep as many bricks whole as possible to reduce the need to cut the bricks.

    Laying mortar for barbecue


    Mix five parts sand to one part cement, adding enough water to get a stiff consistency. Check the level of the site before spreading the first layer of mortar, compensating for any changes by adding more mortar.

    Marking off outer edge of barbecue


    Use the spirit level to mark the outer edge of the barbecue in the cement. This provides a straight guideline for laying the first course of bricks. When the first layer of bricks is laid, check the level again, making sure that the corners are at right angles.

    Inserting metal tie into mortar of barbecue


    Insert a metal tie into the mortar to join the inner wall to the longer wall, giving the finished structure added strength.

    Laying more courses of bricks into barbecue


    Start laying the extra courses of bricks, starting at the corners. Stagger the vertical joints alternately to the width of a half brick.

    Checking barbecue's corners are vertically straight


    Use a spirit level to check that each of the barbecue’s corners are vertically straight. Check from all angles to ensure the finished structure is square.

    Checking with a spirit level


    When five courses are complete at each corner, use a length of wood and the spirit level to check that the two sides are even.

    Putting bricks side-on to create a barbecue shelf support


    Build up walls to seven courses. On the left-hand and inner wall turn the bricks side-on to create a ledge for the charcoal tray. Create a flush edge by using a half brick at the outer edge. After another three courses add another course side-on to support the grill tray.

    Neatening exterior mortar joints


    To give a more professional finish on the exterior of the barbecue, take a length of hosepipe and draw it along each of the joints. Create a neat edge by adding a final course of brick setts then, when this is finished, check all the levels again.

    Barbecue's work surface slab is added


    For a handy barbecue work surface, cement a large paving slab on top of the walls.

    Adam’s tip

    To ensure the barbecue’s grill is not too low or too high for you, work out the most practical and comfortable height before you start building.


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