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Build your own brick barbecue! With few skills and tools this is something anyone can do!
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)

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Seeing how we wanted to pour some concrete for a new patio/walk, why not build a new BBQ from brick. Soooo we got to work and included some rebar where the BBQ would go.

Step 2: Concrete walk poured

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Even though I measured the location of the rebar time and time again, I still got a little nervous lol
Too late now!

Step 3: The next day after the pour

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Showing again the locations of the rebar. I wanted to make sure I had reenforcement in certain areas.

Step 4: First course

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Using 4" partition block, I set the first course trying to keep things straight, plumb and level as I could.

Step 5: 2nd course

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With the 2nd course almost finished and my son wanting to contribute to the project, we made up a form for the lentil. I constructed the lentil with two pieces of 1 1/2" angle that suported and cradled firebrick. We then made the plywood form and hung 1/2" rebar length wise and tied that into the vertical rebar. We then poured it using hydraulic cement until the cavities of the first and second course were filled and the form as well, making sure all the air bubbles were out.

Step 6: 3rd course

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The lentel looked like it turned out fine, we ended up with a rock solid structure that included the first and second course of block.
Note: All rebar locations were filled with hydraulic cement every second course.

Step 7: 4th course

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4th course set for the most part, still trying to keep things straight level and plumb.

Step 8: Building the smoker

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The next 2 course have been set, completing the side for the smoker. Again, every 2 course of block laid, the cavities were poured using hydraulic cement at all the rebar locations. I will wait to install the second lentel until after I have set all the firebrick inside.

Step 9: Firebrick set

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I went to my local building supplier and purchased standerd size firebrick and used those for the floor of the firepit. Then I purchased 1 1/4" thick firebrick for the walls of the firepit. Here's a view showing the opening to the smoker. you can also see that I installed a solid 1/2" rod through the block as well. I then welded a solid steel plate to the rod to act as a damper for the opening to the smoker.
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

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Same as the other lentel, using to pieces of 1 1/4" angle, firebrick sandwiched between them at the bottom with wire mesh and rebar hung in the form.

Step 11: Laying up the first red brick

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Feeling really good this day I managed to lay up a good deal of the red brick I had purchased at my local building supplier.
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!

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With some more brick, more angle to support the firepit opening and another rather hot day I manage to set a few more brick.

Step 13: Concrete lid

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I made a concrete lid 2" thick with an opening for the chimney. I used wire mesh and 1/2" rebar for the renforcement, then with the helps of my son and a friend of his, we installed the lid, mortaring it in place with a slight drain to the back.
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

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Laying more brick getting the top finished

Step 15: Whats concrete without some steel? hmm?

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Visiting my local metal supply paid off. They had everything I wanted and more lol
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?

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They are cheap lol pleantiful and I get to do a little recycling lol
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

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3/4" square tubing and some expaned metal. 1/8" steel rod for small handles.
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'

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With a visit to a local use appliance joint, I picked up two racks for free! Little farther down the road to another used joint and got two more racks for 5 bucks lol
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

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A photo and some crude drawings to help illustrate how I setup the intake damper.

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

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Among other names lol
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)

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What a great summer of outdoor grilling it has been!
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!
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Really nice work! Did you take any special precautions installing the pipe burners? Are they propane or natural gas? I've seen wood fireplaces that have natural gas lines connected but they are removed if you want to burn wood. Nobody sells a product that burns gas and wood at the same time. I guess it has worked out for you since this thread is so old and you're still responding to posts haha.

shawnap2 months ago

very nice build! for you grates in the smoker, what did you use to bolt the rails into the brick? I heard that using steel isn't a good idea because it expands and contracts and can ruin the brick. Have you had any issues? I am almost done with my build and wanted to get your thoughts?

shawnap5 months ago

Nice pit! What is the grate size in the smoking chamber?

laticia.gragg5 months ago
Hoping I can convince my husband to make this for our pool deck! Great job!
ana.a.gamez.76 months ago
Excellent. made by a professional.thanks x publishing!
dougofkc7 months ago

Nice work, thanks for sharing!

davidellis710 months ago

Stone looks better but,I am A Stone Mason,I am about to build on to make smoked deer jerky.But I got to have A 160 Deg. heat for 6 hours going to try Electrical Burner

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do you have a material list

GilbertS1 year ago

Awesome project. I am going to tackle this project! Thank you for the inspiration!

laradioken1 year ago

$1k seems a bit much; but it'll last forever and a day I gather.

laradioken1 year ago


ajensen271 year ago
This thing cost $1000? Like what you built but is that cost include the concrete patio/base?
wifc1 year ago


I've just built your smoker I can't wait to get started. how did you season yours.

how much wood cooks for five hours. Please help

wifc1 year ago

how much fuel did you use, to get smoker going

I really like this instructable! We're building a shed right now and I think next year I'd love to try out a masonry project like this.

A question here: when making the lintels you refer "1 1/2 inch angle." What does this mean? It's not really clear to me from the pictures how one would make a lintel such as this one. I see some clamps but I can't figure out what is underneath the plywood or how it is arranged.
angie-larry2 years ago
I was given fire brick. I want a smoker/grill. What do I need to finish?
jwright442 years ago
if you were to do it over, would you use a thicker steel barrel? This is awesome! I might just use like a pulley system with steel wire instead of the jacks.
That's really nice! do you have more pics of the inside?
That's deluxe!
3366carlos2 years ago
damn! go longhorns
diamondpaul3 years ago
This is great ! Thanks for sharing I've been looking for a good design. Just one question. I don't have any suppliers near me . Do you know of a site that sells all the parts ?
rikerz3 years ago
Sweet job on the smoker/bbq! You have inspired me to start a smoker project. Is there anything in the firepit area that you would have done differently?
lonleyjew3 years ago

@Duval Vol: And...... Balls are "COJONES". Exactly what it takes a man to start and finish such a wonderful project under a 90 degree plus scorching sun. More power to you Solelord, great sharing!
Dubai Vol3 years ago
Lintel. Lentils are beans.
darr643 years ago
I think that it is awesome, I'm starting mine in a few weeks. can you tell me why you put bricks in the inside walls and floor? and can you be more specific as to how you build the lentil, I'm sorry but I have never done any mason work, but I am going to try
solelord (author) 3 years ago
I am happy to say that the smoker has two pork shoulders in it right now. I will grill up some quail and veggie kabobs later.

Happy Easter!

jbwargel4 years ago
So there is fire brick on the bottom of the lentels? How are the door frames mounted into the brick?
solelord (author)  jbwargel3 years ago
Yes there is fire brick on the bottoms of the lentils. The door frames are bolted in to the block
fire-is-fun4 years ago
Looks great!!!!

DO you have any problems when barbequing and smoking at the same time
solelord (author)  fire-is-fun3 years ago
No problems at all. I have done that many times.
titos19973 years ago
I was wondering if there was a reason you were using hydraulic cement to fill the voids in the cinder blocks and to make the lentel instead of regular concrete
solelord (author)  titos19973 years ago
I felt that using hydraulic cement was easier. I could quickly mix the mud and it be loose enough to pour in and fill all the voids.
Brickhandz3 years ago
I will say that this is a great idea that could have been improved on slightly.i am a professional mason/bricklayer. The block work could have been installed with rebar to the slab better. I see that the planning was done right to a degree. The rebar that was set in the concrete slab wasn't installed in the right position.
The brickwork was very poorly done. Maybe a certified mason should have been hired to do the work. I guess if it is a home project it wasn't necessary . I can see it would have given you a great deal of grief!(the small slices of brick to keep it level). I don't want the average diy'er to think they can do this with ease.
Cuddles to you for the project overall.

solelord (author)  Brickhandz3 years ago
Yes I agree there could have been improvements.
I am a professional shoe repairman. Not a mason/bricklayer.
I am sure the entire job could have been done better. Better construction in all areas(rebar install,the very poor brickwork, the degree of planning).

The entire build was a pleasure, there was no grief at all.
The small slices of brick was to adjust the height, not to keep it level.

hydeluke3 years ago
I was just wondering what the outside dimensions are and do the brick on the outside get very hot i'd like to build one of these and the only spot i got to put it might be to close to the fence thanks
solelord (author)  hydeluke3 years ago
It measures about 43" deep 93" long and about 36" tall at the grill, 60" at the smoker. It sits about a foot from my fence. The fence doesn't get hot at all.
ckblack0073 years ago
I gotta say that has to be one of the nicest outdoor brick smokers I have ever reviewed online. Thank you for sharing. If I get so lucky, I'd love one of these for myself.
solelord (author)  ckblack0073 years ago
Thank you 007!
dnepomuceno3 years ago
cojonc iv been reading your harassing comments for the past few slides and you seriously do not know what the car jack is or that he is using the hand-held drill to raise the car jack???? and on the car jack is a bottom or top 1/3 of the 55 gal drum cut and used to hold the charcoal. he is raising the 1/3 drum piece to move the heat closer to the grill.....think about it dude.
falmund4 years ago
All I can say is.....EPIC
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