How to make a masonry barbecue
If you feel that you absolutely must discard, or even better, skip the hypothesis of contacting a professional who plans to design and build your masonry barbecue, for economic reasons or because you prefer to put yourself to the test with a work of witnesses who it could be fun and bring you so much satisfaction, maybe you should start planning the work to follow. In fact, there are many different techniques for constructing a masonry barbecue, considering that it is important to study and plan every aspect of it well, so that the final outcome is not only beautiful and aesthetically impeccable, but above all extremely useful and functional, original and perfectly inserted in the domestic context of the garden, in accordance with your needs and ready to welcome large roasts and grills, for summer dinners in the moonlight and spring aperitifs at midday. Do not forget also that cooking on the grill, if done correctly, on a low heat and at the right time and with attention to the cooking methods and the necessary space, turns out to be an important ally, dissolving the fat of excessively succulent meat and restoring exceptional flavors , for truly refined palates. By trying to make a masonry barbecue economically, extremely significant amounts can be saved, provided you dedicate time, patience and attention to it. Hypothetically we could say, based on the realization of a standard model, that a masonry barbecue built for personal satisfaction and time spent on hobbies can allow savings of 50% (compared to the cost that would be incurred with professional services) -60%.
All the steps to proceed to the operational part!
To make a masonry barbecue made of concrete bricks, after having created a first design draft of the work to be carried out, in which to define first where to place the barbecue, and secondly height and width (more traditionally, the standard sizes are they stand at a height of about one meter, for half a meter of width, to allow cooking operations to be carried out easily and the grill to rotate) and calculate the number of bricks required, it is necessary to proceed with the purchase of the necessary materials. To make a solid and stable masonry barbecue you will need about 150 bricks (considering the aforementioned standard sizes), a mixture of mortar and sand, and tools such as a mortar trowel, a spirit level with a bubble, a spatula and a small vat for mix the mortar and add it with water until the right consistency is obtained.
Before starting, carefully assess where to place the masonry work, so that it is placed in a fairly sheltered place, in an area that is not a transit area and that does not cause problems to other structures that may be present in your garden. The shape of the barbecue base must then be sketched, which represents an inverted U, formed by three high masonry, with two side walls and one rear, and a front opening, with the possible possibility of providing a lateral plane to be grafted to the main structure, and which will act as a corner for the support of kitchen utensils and serving dishes, or which can easily be converted into an aperitif corner, where guests can be invited to start teasing their appetite, while simultaneously cooking delicacies that will be the main part of lunch or dinner. Then, after laying the bricks to draw the profile of the base, you will proceed to cement the scaffolding by interspersing the adhesive represented by the mortar, to the superposition of the successive layers of bricks. Be careful to check the level and the level of the three sides of the masonry layer by layer, to ensure that at the final level the balance is perfect and the height uniform. Finally, after completing the operation, place a metal shelf on which the cooking phase will develop, allocating it to accommodate the coals and the grill.
All about masonry barbecues: The barbecue is ready. But how is it used?
The use of the barbecue that you have so patiently built and so carefully realized, requires that on a fire resistant surface and wide enough to allow an easy operativity in cooking, a nice fire is lit of pieces of wood of small dimensions, to realize the embers which, covered with charcoal, will allow you to develop a beautiful cooking embers, which cook the roasts on a low heat and without flame, sparing you the discomforts connected to an excess of heat and to the emanation of smoke and smells too intrusive. On the coals and on the cooking layer obtained in this way, you will then proceed to place a metal grill, to be used for a perfect cooking of meat, fish and other dishes. On the market you will find many types of grids, which vary in size and distance of the lattice, depending on your needs.
If, on the other hand, you plan to build a more complex, more refined and elegant masonry barbecue project, you could consider creating a work in refractory bricks and in the shape of an h, with a front arch that renders the image and the overall visual impact is more airy and graceful. In this case you will initially have to prepare a flat support base, proceeding to create an underground excavation of at least 30 cm in which to place a support casting of the entire structure. On this basis you can begin to align the refractory bricks to grow, to create first the two feet, around which to erect the side walls and the rear walls and the pillars. After making the supporting structures and the walls, in order to make the arch it will be necessary to prepare a sixth with two vertical supporting sides and two shaped parts, using the mortar as adhesive, in the quantities necessary to make the structure solid and robust. The work to create a masonry barbecue with a roof and arch requires more patience and attention, in particular in the finishing of the joints, which aesthetically has a great impact on the overall image of the work, while the creation of a precise and regular edge is the guarantee of the stability of the bow, and requires as much care and attention, as it may compromise the final outcome.
To conclude, whichever project you decide to implement, remember that the precision, the attention, the careful planning and the patience in the execution of the works are the fundamental discriminating factor between a perfect work, performed to perfection, and an approximate work and not up to the profuse commitment and investment in terms of time spent and materials used. Plan carefully before working!