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.