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Build a backyard barbecue!

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create a great barbecue and outdoor eating area that will raise the value of your house!
**updated with new pictures on the last step**
 
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Step 1: Cautions

this project assumes that you have some basic knowledge of laying bricks and basic carpentry skills. this is not a small weekend project, and will eat your weekends for several months. this is the cheapest way to get a built in barbecue, by building it yourself, but is still a significant investment. that said, it will add more than its cost to the value of your house. i know this because our house was recently appraised and the barbecue was added in and had a significant value. many parts of the project are left up to the builder since it can be modified in endless ways, but if you want to know exact measurements i will post them. feel free to deviate from this plan, it is not the only way to build a barbecue (or the best probably) but i think the end product turned out great. this instructable is still in progress, so more may be added as time goes on. different materials may be used. if i have left anything out please let me know. please dont earn yourself a darwin award while attempting this.

Step 2: Lay the foundation

dig and level the patch of ground that the barbecue will sit on. before pouring the concrete make sure that all your water, power and gas lines are laid, because it will be hard to get them in there after it is poured. run all connections through the foundation and cap them. ours was 3'x11'. create a form to pour the concrete in from 2x4's. mix concrete according to the directions on the package. pour into the mold. level and smooth the concrete with another 2x4. it would be easiest to rent/borrow a cement mixer because we will be mixing a lot of them.
howdydodi3 years ago

My finished bbq area... I wanted to add the pargola but cause mines close to the fence i thought it would look stupid.... anyway im happy with the result and thankyou so much for your industructable....
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reneis4 years ago
This my barbecue
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thats nice...   bet the meat tastes better.... lol

good job...
hivoltage (author)  reneis4 years ago
 Wow that looks great! congratulations on completing your new barbecue! I am always happy to see that my instructables have inspired people to start their own projects.
pamd15 days ago

I love it! Thanks You!

rana792 years ago
My fire pit
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very nice!
Great instructible! I'm saving this one for future reference!

I've found that it pays big in time saving and headache avoidance if you do a dry run with the tiles. That way your sure everything will fit, and that you have enough to do the job.

Pizzapie5003 years ago
OMG! That's SOOO AWESOME! I wish I could make something like that! If I did, I'd probably would put a pond behind the bbq,
raggy613 years ago
you are an inspiration my friend!! Clearly laid-out and easy to follow..I see no reason why I can't build something very close to this for myself.. thanks!!!!!
That is awesome!
Excellent Instructable, one of the best I have had the pleasure to read
i love this project ,well done....... ENGO04
matthewabel3 years ago
This is an awesome 'ible. Absolutely great. I"m pretty excited to get something like this set up - perhaps a might smaller in scale, but you provide an amazingly complete jumping off point. Thanks for sharing the hard work!
Vikking4 years ago
I just bought a house and have a giant empty backyard, i wanted to build a BBQ pit and this is a great idea.
Well done mate, nice job. You've inspired me to have a crack at one for myself!
reneis4 years ago
I've done more around the barbecue but I dont have pictures yet but I will post them later thank you so much for your pictures.Help me a lot to get it done.
reneis4 years ago
 I just want to say thank you for your instrutions to build a barbecue .
I built one myself and we love it . My barbecue (grill) is charcoal not gas
chita113c4 years ago
that is so cool how much did it all cost you I'm really looking at building one
Knucklez4 years ago
that's amazing. best outdoor BBQ setup i have ever seen in my life. very inspirational. Knucklez
bleethat4 years ago
WOW! Great instructable, very informative, love the finished product!
scootie105 years ago
How many bags of mortar was used for this project? By the way, it looks wonderful! We are trying this next weekend.
koncept5 years ago
great instructable. nice job
i also named my dog milo :)
jordiguiu5 years ago
Incredible! nobody make something like this in Spain. You made the barbacue of my dreams that one day I hope to make by myself. very nice job! thanks for the knowledges!
zorro33555 years ago
how i wish i don't live in an apartment
Wonderful Work! Congratulations!
Jouda Mann5 years ago
Fine job, and makes me envious as hell. The only thing that's missing is a wet bar to go with the wet bar sink.
what is a wet bar opps*cough*wikipedia*cough*
MaDoGK5 years ago
As soon as i recover from my back operation im doing this! Thnx dude!!
Oh man, that is beautiful. I showed this to my family and we ended up thinking up a grand outdoor area with a nighttime fire pit and a bar and some steamers... Brilliant work, sir.
thydzik5 years ago
very nice indeed. how did you go about planning the whole thing? (possible to get any drawings/dimensions?) any sites/resources you recommend?
hivoltage (author) 5 years ago
thats probably a good idea to do in general, but i don't think its really necessary for where i live. i don't know if this area has ever seen snow, since temperatures in the middle of winter rarely fall below 50. definitely a good suggestion for colder locales though.
mmixer5 years ago
I would recommend to put the pipes through the sleeves. Just make them from short pieces of PVC tubing of bigger size. This will prevent your lines from cracking in case of foundation movement (in winter, when soil freezes and expands, and thus moves foundation up)
stienman7 years ago
Since so many are asking for cost I will put my guess in as follows: $500 for the concrete, blocks, rebar, cement. $200 for sink, faucet, and plumbing $150 for wood and wood fasteners (lots of 2x2s on the top...) $100 for stucco? No experience here, just a guess... $100 for tile and tile cement, etc $100 for electrical, lights, switches, outlets (probably less) $500 for the side burner (amazon.com "side burners") $700 for a similar grill So the project, assuming you buy all new and scavenge very little is probably within a few hundred dollars of $2,300. Chances are good that it will raise the value of the home by at least $5,000 in nearly any locale, but if built in California or some other luxury-based housing market would raise the value an easy $20k to $50k. If you have professionals do the design and work you should expect to pay $10,000 and up. -Adam
Derin stienman5 years ago
i may get it down to $100 by using scrap and a bbq for people who make kofte which can be hooked up to a chimney ps kofte is a type of meatball
hivoltage (author)  stienman7 years ago
pretty accurate guesses. we reused a sink from one of our neighbors since it was like new, so a little less there. the grill was about that much, but the side burner came attached to it. so we just unbolted it and set into the countertop. i dont know how close the total value is because we didnt keep a running total. it was more of just running to the hardware store and buying what we needed as it came up. i'll have to go look at the reciepts. you guessed right about the house being in california though.
Notags5 years ago
I have threatened to do this for 2 years now. I have a great grill that I can convert from propane to NG as I have a NG stub out already. SWMBO wants a sink, I don't see the need. Grill, fridge, shade, bar stools and an outdoor ceiling fan... maybe TV. One of these days......
solo.card5 years ago
Nice! When I own my own property, BBQ here I come!
darkmuskrat5 years ago
someday when I get my own house, ill link back to this and definatly build it.
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