How to Build a Permanent Outdoor Barbecue

Learn how to build a permanent outdoor barbecue for summer cooking, includes detailed building directions, a materials and pricing list and barbecue diagram and layout.


| July/August 1985



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MOTHER's barbecue grill is constructed of dry-stacked concrete block coated with a structural surface-bonding cement and lined, in the firebox, with common refractory brick.


PHOTO: MOTHER EARTH NEWS STAFF

The cookout season is hard upon us, so why learn how to build a permanent outdoor barbecue for your yard. 

Summer's the time to enjoy good food, warm weather, and the company of friends . . . and there's no better opportunity to bring these things together than at a genuine old-fashioned cookout!

This year, you can make your backyard the envy of every charcoal chef in the neighborhood. How? By building a permanent outdoor barbecue that'll not only equal the performance of the best manufactured grills, but probably cost the same (or less, depending upon how many components you can locate used), last longer, and allow you to try out some fancy cooking techniques in the bargain.

As you might imagine, our goals were to come up with a design that was flexible and multifunctional . . . to employ a construction method that even a novice could duplicate . . . to make certain it was cost-effective . . . and to end up with a good-looking, fine-cooking finished product.

Though it's probably not that obvious from the photos, MOTHER's barbecue grill is constructed of dry-stacked concrete block coated with a structural surface-bonding cement and lined, in the firebox, with common refractory brick. Expanded metal screens, set at appropriate levels in the stacked firebrick joints, serve as inexpensive grilling surfaces; sections of scrap 1/4 inch metal plate fitted above the screens create a closed oven environment and can be lowered without much fuss to become effective griddles.

But that's not all. Since draft control is critical to heat regulation, we've included a stone-simple, and removable, loading and air-inlet door at the front, and—for use with cooler fires—a similar flue control on the chimney above a built-in smoker rack. Then, its a final touch, we fabricated an additional cover plate with an 8-1/2 inch hole in the center to be used in conjunction with a wok or a cast-iron stock pot.

mperon
9/7/2014 1:55:05 PM

I finally found what I needed. Thank you so much. Don't want to make mistakes . Basic plans?


mperon
9/7/2014 1:54:35 PM

I finally found what I needed. Thank you so much. Don't want to make mistakes . Basic plans?


mperon
9/7/2014 1:52:54 PM

I finally found what I needed. Thank you so much. Don't want to make mistakes . Basic plans?


mperon
9/7/2014 1:48:19 PM

I finally found what I needed. Thank you so much. Don't want to make mistakes . Basic plans?


duncan _1
9/10/2009 3:56:03 PM

PLANS FOR THIS ARE THEY ON LINE SOMEWHERE OR ARE THEY IN A RECENT ISSUE I MIGHT HAVE? THANK YOU


janet_39
8/17/2009 9:20:38 AM

Where are the plans for this? I would like a set. Janet


wallace_1
1/8/2009 4:06:34 PM

Has anyone built this? Additional photos?






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