DIY: Build a Barbeque Pit

A barbeque pit is the centre of many social activities that you can host including backyard parties, family activities and al fresco dining. You must have a knowledge of masonry if you’re trying to build a barbeque pit out of bricks. Ensure you have a strong foundation and once that foundation has been created, you can use multiple layers of bricks to build up the pit.

Here are the Tools & Materials You Will Require:

  • Bricks
  • Cinder Blocks
  • Gravel
  • Grill Top
  • Mortar Mix
  • Level
  • Metal Braces
  • Shovel Hand Tamp
  • Trowel
  • Water

Step 1: Dig Pit

Start out by digging an 8 inch deep rectangular pit with a length of 40 inches and width of 56 inches. Measure the area and clear it completely. After digging, ensure that the area is properly level. You can use a hand-tamp tool for this.

Step 2: Lay Gravel

Mix dry mortar with water. Lay down a bed of gravel that is approximately 2 inches in depth inside the pit. Spread out the mixture with a trowel and spread out a layer thick enough to cover the gravel. Smooth down the entire area while the mortar is still wet.

Step 3: Place Cinder Blocks

Place the flat cinder blocks along the edge of the pit. Ensure that the mortar has been smoothened down completely before starting this process. Ensure that each block is properly leveled while laying down the blocks. Fill the gap between these blocks using dirt, but do that only after the mortar has completely dried.

Step 4: Lay Bricks

Spread another layer of smooth mortar. Cover the cinder blocks while doing so. Lay out a layer of bricks horizontally over the edges of the pit. Apply mortar to the edge of these bricks and completely surround the perimeter of the pit. The layer of bricks should be three bricks wide. Apply another layer of mortar and bricks and continue to do so in an alternating method.

Step 5: Insert Metal Braces

Layer down mortar and insert your metal braces. Ensure that the braces will point towards the center of the pit. The final layer of bricks should be put on top of the second layer of bricks and leave everything to dry overnight. The metal grill can be placed in the center of the pit on to the metal braces once you have let the pit dry completely for 24 hours.

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