Building Your Own Bar-B-Q

bbq hand made

I bought this ‘barbequick‘ bbq last year. Quick? hmmmm… €20. In December. Bargain. Left it in the shed.

my very first barbeque...

When the sun came out I built it. Did it end up looking like the image above…? not on your nelly… 😉 But for good reason….

If you do fancy building your own barbeque – here’s how.

Stone type:

  • i tried to get the same brick sizes as per the instructions – but – free bricks are much nicer
  • i wanted a ‘looks like its been there for a while…’ kinda finish – it’s also the greatest excuse if you’re not the best brick layer in the world
  • don’t use concrete blocks unless you are going to plaster the walls

Location:

  • decide where you want it. This is built from stone. Solid stuff. It hasn’t got wheels. So be darned sure it is exactly where you want it.
  • Keep it well away from walls… smoke? black? and more important timber fences… fire?
  • not right beside the patio – smoke/ guests eyes; flames & grannys new hair do

How I built mine:

  • I picked my spot.
  • Took the measurements from the instructions and layed a foundation about 4″ deep – to finish just below ground level. Left it for a few weeks day or three…

Materials:

  • 300 no. brick
  • 2 no. bags cement
  • 1 no. bag of gravel
  • 3 no. bags of sand
  • washing up liquid [substitute for mortisiser – bonds the cement better]
  • some paving slabs for the base – for you to stand on

Tools:

  • spirit level – a good long one
  • a block splitter ‘or’ a good bolster chizel and a mallet
  • a trowel
  • a wheel barrow to mix cement in

Conundrums:

  • I measured the foundation from the instructions but that was based on ‘their’ brick sizes. Mine were smaller & I needed a lot more than they suggested.
  • The clips to support the grill are ‘only’ to suit that size of block. They obviously wouldn’t fit ‘my’ barbeque.
  • I also wanted an extra, adjoining counter to the side for plates and food so I had a bit more to do.

Don’t Forget:

  • To stick a few long screws into the cement while laying to hang your implements on
  • Measure twice and cut once rule

My thoughts:

It will take about 2 days to complete. And there is nothing more rewarding than sitting back with a cup of coffee looking at a wall that you built. Sincerely. Especially if you are a man…. 😆

If one was to pay to get it built….? In my opinion, it would be cheaper to go and buy one. To approximate the costs briefly; if the bricks costs €1 each; multiplied by 300 bricks – One is already at €300 before it gets built….?

That said, I didn’t want a gas barbeque. I wanted one that I could say in years to come… that ‘I remember building that…’ I also have the ability to barter eggs for materials and so apart from my time – this really didn’t cost me whole lot.

15 replies
  1. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    @philip
    now i am worried about your sense of humour 😯

    @sue
    cheers sue! maybe? but i got a funny feeling [to quote dylan – bob that be] ‘a hard rain is gonna fall’ this w/e in Ireland
    we’ll say a wee prayer 😉

    @thomas
    legend! you gonna build one for the folks ?? 😉

  2. Kev
    Kev says:

    Hi,
    Just wondering where did you pick up the pack (Build your own Barbeque), been looking for something like this for some time.

  3. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    Hi kev

    my sincere apologies – i thought it was mentioned here – but its not 😉

    I believe it was Woodies DIY store [trying to keep it Irish]…. funnily enough, there was no Irish version of this available.
    Let me ‘put this out there’ and see if I can get some more info/ links.

    ….back in a bit
    peter

    PS: *If any BBQ DIY company wants a free plug and possibly a follow up article – let me & the world know here or email me at info [at] doneganlandscaping [dot] com – peter *

  4. Kev
    Kev says:

    Picked up the exact same one in Woodies yesterday.
    Now to spend a weekend building it… hopefully i’ll get the weather to use it a few times before the summer is out.

    Thanks for all your help,
    Kev

  5. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    a chara kev,

    how much did it cost ?
    …and you might keep me updated on how it all goes for you…
    cheers
    peter

    **on a slightly seperate note:
    best suggestion for those who wanna do a real ‘bargain-b-q
    – take base tray and grill from an old cooker 😉

  6. tara cribbon
    tara cribbon says:

    were did you get the grill plates for it i cant seem to get them anywhere ? maybe its a bad time of year no one has anything like it in Ireland

  7. peter donegan
    peter donegan says:

    Hi Tara,

    you’re not the first to come to me about this. You might try argos or Charles Camping – all depends a little on dimensions. More often I get them made up for larger one offs.

    Keep me posted on how you get on. I’ll also pop this up on facebook, see if any other options pop up.
    Best
    Peter

  8. tara
    tara says:

    hi again i got that bbq sorted found a set on adverts and built the bbq to the spec thanks for your help 🙂

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