Making your own barbecue grill base can be more exciting than just going out and purchasing a readymade barbecue. You can feel the satisfaction, the inherent boasting rights, and is well worth the extra effort if you will build your own barbecue grill base. The work can be a little tedious, but once you get started, your new barbecue should be up and running without even noticing it. You can enjoy barbecue time all year round. Make your own barbecue grill base to impress your friends and family and enjoy grilled foods anytime.
Step #1: Prepare and Follow Instructions
Prepare all the necessary things that you’ll need such as grill plate, chalk, mortar, trowel, bricks, level, brick chisel, mallet, fire bricks. By following the manufacturer’s instruction in mixing a mortar, mix it thoroughly. By using a trowel, lay a line of mortar about 2 bricks long and ½ inch thick. Trough the mortar in the center of the line using the V tip of the trowel. Arrange the first brick into the mortar and tap it down with the end of the trowel. Spread mortar onto the end of the second brick and set it in place adjoining the first. Set it down to the same height.
Step #2: Continue with the Process
Continue the procedure by throwing a line of mortar and spreading the ends of the bricks until the first row of the 3 sides of the grill base is down. By using the level, check all the bricks if it’s even. Lay the next row by lining it alternately in the joints of the brick. And because of the stagger layout, add some bricks in between to compensate the area. For you to cut the bricks in half, position the brick chisel on the halfway point of the brick, and give it a solid tap to cut the brick. Use a mallet in doing this. You also need to trim off any jagged edges using a chisel and set in place as you do other bricks. Continue with the procedure until you have 1 foot of base laid.
Step #3: Make Some Finishing Touches
Put 3 bricks on the side walls and 2 on the back wall with half their length sticking out the rest of the wall into the center of the base. This is the area where the grill can sit on. Make a ledge into every second row of the brick so that the barbecue grill base has adjustable levels for the grill plate. Discontinue once the base is already 3 feet high.
Step #4: Smoothen Out the Finishing Touches
Use the end of the trowel to smoothen out the edges of the mortar to give it a clean and professional look. Let the base dry for at least 3 days before using. And before lighting it up, make sure to line the inside of the bottom foot of the base with firebricks to help insulate the cooking fire. If you are to use barbecue charcoals instead of a fire, you can insert some metal mesh plate onto one of the lower edges where you can put the coals on.
These are ways by which you can create your barbeque grill base. You may add some color and style if you want to.