How to Build an Outside Stone Grill





We were having a 4th of July party with a weekend full of camping and needed a grill!

Instead of buying a cheaply made grill that would fall apart in two years. We decide to build our own, using reclaimed materials that we had around our farm.

Materials- metal grate, 40 stones, charcoal or wood and a chisel to shape stones.

Time- A few hours


Step 1: Placing the Stones

We used stones from a barn foundation that was falling in.

1. First, you want to use large flat rocks to build the stone pit.

2. Start by making a U shape pit, about 2 feet high. Took about 40 stones.
(It took a while to fit and shape the rocks so the stones were level.)

3. After the stone sides and back are secure, placed a few rocks at the base of the pit, to place charcoal/wood on.

Total size 2' × 3.5' × 4.5'

Step 2: Fitting the Grate

1. Last, cut the grate to fit top by using a electric grinder with cutting wheel.

2.Place flat rocks on top of the grate to keep it in place.

Step 3: Ready to Cook

Add some charcoal or wood and it's ready to go! I also can use my cast iron pans on this.

Turned out great and will be a permanent fixture in our backyard for many camp days and 4th of July's to come!

Step 4: Grilling All Summer Long

We've used this grill a lot more than we thoughg! we use about a bag of charcoal everytime we use it.

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    6 Discussions

    Luigi Basiletti

    2 years ago

    Msoric- I agree that you need to take care with what type of stones you use as they can explode. Stones should not be from sedimentary stones such as those found from river banks, or limestone and so on.


    2 years ago

    Nice "Ible" much charcoal/wood do you go through per cookout?

    1 reply

    Reply 2 years ago

    We used 3 bags for the 4th of July cookout and a few pieces of applewood.


    2 years ago

    nice job reusing existing materials. hope you had a nice party.

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    2 years ago

    Sweet! Just a heads up to people - be careful what rocks/stones you use. Not all of them do well around high temperature.