Build a Stone Grill

This outdoor barbecue grill looks great! You'll enjoy years of backyard barbecue parties using it.

| April/May 2001

  • Outdoor Grill
    The first step is to create a solid foundation for the stone grill.
    Photo courtesy Will Shelton
  • Stone Grill
    The finished stone fireplace/barbecue pit.
    Photo courtesy Will Shelton
  • Rebar
    Placement of wire mesh and rebar.
    Photo courtesy Will Shelton
  • Grill
    Note: This illustration does not depict the preferred building up process for the fieldstone work. (It should be one layer at a time.) This illustration is to show how all of the components fit and work together, as if all the stone work were complete and a section was removed to reveal the structure beneath. Only the two bottom layers of wire mesh are shown.
    Photo courtesy Will Shelton
  • Barbecue Grill
    Wire mesh goes betwenn every layer of concrete block and its adjacent structure. For the sake of clarity, only the bottom layer is depicted in the illustration.
    Photo courtesy Will Shelton
  • Brick Grill
    Note: The “cap” of the structure can be almost any noncombustible material: flagstone (shown), marble, granite, cement, slate or floor tile.
    Photo courtesy Will Shelton

  • Outdoor Grill
  • Stone Grill
  • Rebar
  • Grill
  • Barbecue Grill
  • Brick Grill

This stone grill uses a 16-inch-by-32-inch drop-in grill unit with a built-in charcoal tray that adjusts up and down to regulate the amount of heat at the cooking surface. The outdoor barbecue grill is a beautiful addition to your outdoor kitchen or the perfect spot for cooking during your backyard barbecue parties. 

We built firebricks around the grill unit and used fire clay mortar or refractory cement to joint them in place. For layout and planning purposes, the nominal size of these bricks is 9 inches by 2 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. If your fire bricks need to be cut, have a masonry supply store do it, or use the old hammer and chisel after scribing the cut line.

To construct the inner core you'll need common concrete building blocks, sized 12 1/2 inches by 7 1/2 inches by 5 1/2 inches. The cap or top of the structure is entirely up to your discretion. The most common materials used are flagstone, red brick or simply a leveled surface of cement. No matter what material you select, be sure to seal it with a good coat of waterproofing masonry sealer.








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