Building your own barbecue

Published: 19th September 2011
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Building Your Own Bbq

You like Charcoal Barbecues. You prefe cooking out of doors and also you like

the way charcoal-grilled food taste.

Perhaps for yourself there is a certain DIY, tough self-reliance feel when it

comes to barbecuing: I'm not cooking in a namby-pamby fitted kitchen, I'm

cooking in the great outdoors with nothing but a tray of hot coals and a pair

of tongs! It's really no great coincidence that individuals which make their

own burgers from scratch tend to cook them on a Gas Barbeque than in a frying


If we extend that DIY aesthetic just a little, it's no terrific step to begin

fantasising about constructing your own.

Home made bbqs can take many forms.

The most widespread is probably the three-sided brick shape with supports to

hold the grill at about waist height (and right there is among the greates

reasons to build your own, it is bespoke, tailor-made for your personal use

and will not suit anyone else quite as properly; that's got to provide you

with a thrill, definitely).

An alternative choice could be the brick-lined fire pit; additional bending

down, which is a pain within the lumbar region, nonetheless somehow

pleasingly simple.

Last but not least, beginning to appear in the united kingdom are

Mediterranean-style barbecue 'kits' comprising pre-fabricated, formed

concrete, often having a chimney as well as some having a preparation area as

well as sink to one side - now you actually are switching the kitchen outside.

Even so, constructing your own BBQ has not got to be a major building project.

You could take a rather more temporary and improvisatory path.

Points to Think About

Regardless of the size of the undertaking, there are two elements that you

need to appreciate and take into account when designing and constructing your

own barbie.

1, air delivery. Should it be wood, charcoal or something else, you are

making an element that needs to include burning fuel.

For a excellent burn, you require good airflow.

Air is a source of oxygen and no oxygen equals no fire.

The air if at all possible must pass through the fuel from underneath,

therefore you will require some sort of grill for the briquettes or what ever

to sit on and it has to generally be pretty sturdy so as not to flex in the


2, different foods want different heats.

The obvious way to modify the amount of heat the food gets is not to mess

about with the heat source, it can be easier to raise or lower the food


So you need some method of adjusting the height of the grill.


The simplest brick barbecue is usually the most temporary.

Acquire some house bricks, stack them no more than a couple high, place a

grill on the top and create a fire beneath.

It is not pretty, it is not adjustable, it can leave a burn mark and ordinary

house bricks probably will not endure repeated contact with the heat.

But it will do the job and there is a certain 'roughing-it' feel that is very

nice once in a while.

For a permanent brick bbq, even if you're not a bricklayer, the building work

really should not be beyond you.

Particularly if you take a little advice and make it easy for yourself by

ordering a brick Gas Barbeque kit.

That way, you know the materials will be right for the task (heat-resistant!)

and it will also at least come with some rudimentary instructions.

Besides, the internet is stuffed with step-by-step guides and videos to help

you. if it is your first time with bricks and mortar then take heart from the

fact that you are building a very simple structure - simply three small walls

forming an open rectangular shape - plus take your time, you want it to be a

thing of beauty and not an eyesore.

Buckets of Fun

For a smaller size, possibly travel-sized homemade barbecue, acquire a

galvanised pail (with no, a plastic one will not really do).

Punch a few holes all the way around, about 2 or 3 inches up from the bottom (

a hammer and nail will work or for a tidier job, make use of a drill) which

is your airflow taken care of.

Next, make some more holes a couple of inchesl higher up and thread through

some heat-resistant steel rods.

Here's your fire rack so the gaps between the rods have to be smaller than

the size of the actual fuel (briquettes?).

As for the food, that is going to sit on the surface of the bucket.

Either look for a small grill for the position or simply put it all on kebab

skewers that are longer than the bucket is wide.

It's kind of Heath Robinson, but it is also good enjoyment and so long as you

are not trying to feed too many people, it is ideal for camping out or even

picnicking; much better than those one-use foil tray affairs.

On a final be aware, whatever you build or make, think about where you put it.

For example, overhanging trees certainly are a no-no, as is being too near to

wooden storage sheds.

It is a particularly important concern with regard to brick and concrete

charcoal Barbecues as they tend to be rather hard to move if you get it wrong.

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