Having a brick barbeque is a wonderful addition to any home. If you love spending time outdoors with family and friends, cooking up slabs of ribs, grilled chicken, vegetables, and all the wonderful foods associated with summertime, a brick barbeque is the way to go. These barbeques are the perfect solution for grilling large quantities although they can be used for a simply family dinner. They look incredible and can actually increase the value of a home.
The first thing is to get all your materials and tools together. You will need fiber reinforced concrete mix, mason or mortar mix, a trowel, hammer, float, brick set, mason�s line, chalk, a hand level, and brush.
To build your brick barbeque, start by measuring the area where the barbeque will be built and then use stakes to mark that area. Keep in mind that the footer of the barbeque should be 4-foot, eight inches square and six inches deep.
Next, prepare the concrete mix according to the package direction and place the footer. The nice thing about using fiber reinforced concrete is that you can eliminate the need for rebar, which will save you both time and effort. Now on the footer, you will need to draw an outline, making sure you leave two-inches of excess around all sides. Next, prepare the mason or mortar mix according to the directions. Starting at the corner, you will place the first brick and then use the mason/mortar mix in between each brick. Just be sure the first course of bricks is securely bonded to the footer using mortar. You want to build up the brick to four high.
Once you have the bricks build up all the way around, spread a thin layer of loose gravel inside the bricks. Then, pour about four inches of concrete over the gravel. With the hand level, you want to ensure the brick levels are even. Additionally, using the trowel, you will wipe off excess mortar every two rows. Then, depending on the design you chose, you will continue building the back and sides of the barbeque while the concrete sets.
Remember that four inches of rebar will need to be inserted into fresh mortar joints at the level you want for the grills. Be sure they are close enough together for grilling meat and vegetables. Once you have built the bricks to the height that you planned for your grill, you will need to top the walls off with solid bricks. Finally, using the brush, go over the brick to remove any pieces of mortar. Once the concrete is dry and the mortar dry, you can add your favorite cooking medium and have a nice barbeque.