This is the fourth brick barbeque I have built. They are fun to build and cook on.
This time I wanted a large firepit with a smoker on the right side.
I went in thinking this was the last one lol
The grilling side is about 45 inches long by 30 inches deep. The smoker is 30' deep, 28 wide 30 tall.
Step 1: Good Excuse to Build a New BBQ! (pouring the Concrete Walk)
Step 2: Concrete Walk Poured
Too late now!
Step 3: The Next Day After the Pour
Step 4: First Course
Step 5: 2nd Course
Step 6: 3rd Course
Note: All rebar locations were filled with hydraulic cement every second course.
Step 7: 4th Course
Step 8: Building the Smoker
Step 9: Firebrick Set
Note: I used 3 lbs of FireClay to an 80 lbs bag of premix mortar to set the firebrick. I dry mixed the fireclay and premixed in a mixing tub and then dumped it all in a clean plastic garbage can that had a good fitting lid.
Step 10: Lentil for the Opening Over the Firepit Door
Step 11: Laying Up the First Red Brick
The days have been rather hot and the old dude is showing his age lol
Not bad for an old fart at this stage of the game lol
Step 12: More Brick!
Step 13: Concrete Lid
Note: I made a wooden box 2 inches deep, tied the wire mesh and rebar together making sure it stayed supported in the center of the form. I then mixed up three 50 lbs bags of hydraulic cement and pour the form. After screeding the form I then covered it with plastic and let cure for 3 days before removing anything.
Step 14: Finshing Up the Top
Step 15: Whats Concrete Without Some Steel? Hmm?
The grill and smoker door I cut to size after making the frames. The top pieces for the grill and the chimney hood were cut to size from the kind folks at my local metal supply. I found someone to bend the chimney hood through my metal suppy as well.
My friend next door had some nice 8" tile just the right color, why not use those to finish the top of the smoker with hmm? Makes a real nice surface to put a plate on :)
I bought my stainless steel spring handles and my weld-on hinges on-line.
Everything else came from the hardware store.
Step 16: Car Jacks and a Steel Drum?
Two car scissor jacks and one clean used 55 gal drum.
Some flat thin metal welded to the top and bottom of the jacks for more stabilty. The drum cut to size with a sawsall for fire baskets.
I raise and lower my fire baskets as needed. Has been real usefull.
Step 17: Grilling Racks
I made the top frame to include the hangers for my racks.
I wanted two levels and I wanted them to slide back and fourth as well.
I can have to differant fires going and also have the option at which level.
Knowing that I would want to cook most anything (even hotdogs without having to start a fire) I found a guy online that described how to construct a pipe burner in full detail.
Back to the metal supply I went for some 1 1/4" black pipe lol
Here's a link showing how to make a pipe burner.
Step 18: Smokin'
I welded them together to make one large rack each. I also had to weld up some small flat metal to make them fit my needs for width.
The springs for the handles on the back of smoker and grill doors are from the seat of a riding lawnmower (the riding lawn mower is now a racing mower of sorts lol no use for these springs any longer lol) I used these to keep the tension on the handle to make them operate properly. Some flat steel bent to act as a latch on the inside of the door frame keeps the doors closed rather nice.
Finished off with a nice large easy to read temp gauge.
Step 19: Damper Setup
The exhaust damper is nothing more the a flat piece of steel slid over the chimney to regulate heat flow.
Step 20: Sole's Pit Master Barbeque
I have kept my fires small so far. Only some light grilling and short test runs with the smoker.
Making sure it dries out slowly.
One cheap Gas Grill on its way out the door lol needs a gas bottle, first come takes it lol
Step 21: Sole's Pit Master Barbecue (Update)
The smoker keeps a nice even temp once warmed up which does not take long!
I have smoked several pork shoulders and ribs, including beef ribs and a brisket and more yard bird then I can remember lol
The fire pit has been awesome as well!
Appetizers like bacon wrapped shrimp to grilled stuffed jalopenos, grilled fruit, veggies, corn, taters, you name it! All turns out great!
I have two nice turkeys to put in the smoker for Thanksgiving. The large one is 17 pounds and the other one is 12 pounds.
Looks like I will be up early!
Mmmmmmhmmmmm I can almost taste it now!
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
PS here's some more photos!