Everyone loves to barbeque. Regardless of the weather, hot, humid, rain, or snow, grilling food is not only fun, but also healthy and tasty. The great thing about a barbeque pit is that it will last for many years, is easy to clean, and provides the perfect setting for a friend or family gathering. Constructing a brick fireplace is an excellent project and one that several people can get involved with building. This type of barbeque grill provides a lot more space for grilling meat, poultry, or vegetables and is an impressive feature for your backyard. Other excellent benefits are that a Brick Barbeque is both durable and weather resistant.
Brick Barbeques can be built out of brick with mortar or with brick without mortar. If you decide to use mortar, you will find your barbeque to be extra durable and permanent. If you build it without mortar, while still durable, it will not be as durable. Additionally, if you moved and decided you wanted to take your barbeque with you, it could be broken down and moved. A great advantage of a Brick Barbeque is that it is easy to use and not terribly expensive. When your Brick Barbeque is complete, your backyard will be everyone's favorite house for cooking outdoors.
For this particular example, we will be talking about a Brick Barbeque built with mortar. To get started, you will need several tools and materials to get the job done. You need barbeque grills, fire grates, ashtrays, pointed trowel, chalk line, dry-mix brick mortar, builder's square, level, SW-grade bricks, Z-shaped metal ties, and a 7" x 3/8" rebar (24 pieces). Additional items include a cutting board, brackets, and fluted masonry nails.
To build your barbeque, purchase the needed materials at a hardware or home improvement store. Depending on the size of grills and grates chosen, you will know how large your barbeque will need to be. Start by determining the number of bricks needed. The average barbeque measures 13 courses high, which are layers of bricks. Once you know how many bricks you need, you will want to determine where your grill will be located and you want your grill to be built on a concrete or brick platform. Other considerations include the direction in which the barbeque grill is facing so when grilling, smoke will flow the correct way.
Once the position is determined, you will mark it using the chalk. Then using the pointed trowel, you will spread on a layer of mortar onto the base without going outside the chalk line. The first layer of bricks then goes on, creating your first course. To the sides of each of these bricks, spread on mortar and then back the bricks up to one another. Using the same process, continue building all the courses to 13 layers. Use the level to ensure each course is level as it is being laid and the builders-square, making sure the corners are at a 90-degree angle. On each of the odd numbered courses, you need to set the Z-shaped metal ties into mortar, distributing them evenly. Be sure to put the Z-shaped ties in varying locations throughout each course.
For each side of the wall, you should use three bricks wide each. Before you place a vertical tier on the bricks, set four rebars on each side as a way of supporting the grate. The same process will also be used to install the rebars on the ninth and twelfth course, which provides enough room for two racks. For the top course, you need to lay the inner row with the narrow side facing out (stretcher) and the outer row laid with the short side (header). You can check with your local hardware or home improvement store, which usually has diagrams that are exceptionally easy to follow.