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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.
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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.
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shawnap6 days ago

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

Hoping I can convince my husband to make this for our pool deck! Great job!
Excellent. made by a professional.thanks x publishing!
dougofkc2 months ago

Nice work, thanks for sharing!

davidellis75 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

GilbertS8 months 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.
I was given fire brick. I want a smoker/grill. What do I need to finish?
jwright441 year 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
diamondpaul2 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 ?
rikerz2 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?
lonleyjew2 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 Vol2 years ago
Lintel. Lentils are beans.
darr642 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) 2 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!

jbwargel3 years ago
So there is fire brick on the bottom of the lentels? How are the door frames mounted into the brick?
solelord (author)  jbwargel2 years ago
Yes there is fire brick on the bottoms of the lentils. The door frames are bolted in to the block
fire-is-fun3 years ago
Looks great!!!!

DO you have any problems when barbequing and smoking at the same time
solelord (author)  fire-is-fun2 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)  titos19972 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)  Brickhandz2 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)  hydeluke2 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.
ckblack0072 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)  ckblack0072 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.
falmund3 years ago
All I can say is.....EPIC
kenrober3 years ago
How does the fire box get air? Is the a material list with this project?
solelord (author)  kenrober3 years ago
Simply prop the grill door open about a 1/2 inch and you have plenty of air to provide enough draft for the smoker.
The list of materials are all much the same for building most mason walls. Brick, block, re-bar and mortar.
I am not a mason by trade. I spent may hours here on the net researching before setting my first block.
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