How to Build a Brick Grill

A great way to add value to the home and to entertain guests who come over for dinner is to have a grill in the back yard. Why buy a cheap aluminum one when you can build your own brick grill! This is cheap and easy to build and can be created in under a weekend. Go online and look up some generic grill designs. You can find these at the library and local hardware store. It is best to ask questions about supplies when you are getting them and get some customization tips as well.

Required Materials/Tools

  • Bricks
  • Cement
  • Sand
  • Water
  • Rebar
  • Mortar
  • Grill pegs
  • 2×4″ stock
  • Nails
  • Stakes
  • String
  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Level
  • String
  • Pencil/paper
  • Wheel barrow
  • Hose


  1. First we need to build a foundation. Locate where you want the grill to go and dig about 4 inches and create an even surface the width of the grill.
  2. Next, we need to lay out four 2×4’s around the inside of the hole and nail them together.
  3. Mix the cement, water, and sand in the wheel barrow to the instructions of the cement.
  4. Pour the cement into the foundation. When it’s dry, push the rebar rods into a latus configuration.
  5. Make a keyhole mark in the shape of the layout into the cement.
  6. Install the first set of bricks by setting some mortar along the bottom section of the keyhole mark. Put the mortar on the bottom of the first brick and set it in place.
  7. Continue on until the first layer of bricks is completed. Be sure to clean the mortar around the bricks as you go.
  8. After making the first layer of bricks, make sure it’s level. You can do this with a simple level. Adjust the bricks as you go before they set.
  9. When the bricks are done and set, continue on with the second layer. When placing the initial brick, lay it halfway between two bricks. There should be a half brick overhand. If you were to stack the bricks on top of each other, it will result in an unstable wall.
  10. Next we need to use a metal cross-pan and install it according to the plan you are going by. This is where the fire will go. Be sure it is secure.
  11. Now we install the grill pins into the mortar at the height your plans indicate. You need to place this at a comfortable grilling level.
  12. While placing the final bricks, you need to leave some spaces open (best by cutting some bricks in half) to allow ventilation and air flow).

Your grill is finished! Slap on some steaks and go to town! Your friends will envy your construction savvy and people will want to come over all the time to fire up your new grill! To commemorate the event, look up some grilling recipes and try them out!

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