View Full Version : Did you build your own BBQ?? How

19th Apr 2009, 18:41

Just uncovered my BBQ and despite years of good cooking... don't fancy the look of it any more. It didn't take the Winter too good and really looks 'manky' - needs good scrub and a whole set of new grills ! Probably (no DEFINITELY) time to invest in a new one.

BUT....I was thinking of a small outdoor project for myself and a self-build BBQ would be ideal. Nothing TOO big- don't want to throw a whole bag of coals on each time I lite up.

Any ideas out there.

PS... looked a a Barbecook Major Stainless Steel last year Barbecook Major Stainless Steel Review in BBQ at Review Centre (http://www.reviewcentre.com/reviews92720.html) and regret not acting on instinct and buying it. Now local stockist gone out of business and can't find a stockist on the Internet who will deliver.

19th Apr 2009, 19:03
Last BBQ I built was half a 48 gallon oil drum on a frame made from old angle bar. Probably not something you want at home though, but does make a great BBQ.

Standard Noise
19th Apr 2009, 19:12
Never laid a brick in me life but bought the bricks and one of those BBQ shelf things last summer and knocked one up in an afternoon. It's not too bad even if I do say so myself.

19th Apr 2009, 19:20

If cooking for a crowd - four hibatchis.

When finished, move them into shed and you've got the whole garden back again.

19th Apr 2009, 19:32
Cut an oil drum in half and made two for a party years ago - cooked superbly for about 70 people. Very ugly mind however fit for purpose.


19th Apr 2009, 19:46
What's the point in having a permanant BBQ in the UK?

Even if you have every weekend off, (which the now the majority of us don't because most of us work shifts), the weather precludes having a whole afternoon available when enough mates are also free to attend.

The other thing which really pisses me off, (and this is almost always a UK thing), is thata BBQ takes a long time to set up, uses loads more time and energy than any oven ever would and realistically, only provides any entertainment to the chef, who is entitled to get as pissed as they want without having to justify themselves to the guests.

Miserable BBQ Chef of Norfolk here.

19th Apr 2009, 19:57
Goatface; it's about the social event and the chargrilled taste!

19th Apr 2009, 19:59
Ah, social!

Told you that's where I was going wrong!:):*

19th Apr 2009, 20:02
Wot G-face said. Me, I bought a Chiminea with a shelf in it - works perfectly as a barbie, a garden ornament & a talking point for the middle class garden obsessed chattering classes :)

One thing though, if you fancy a Chiminea, get an iron one, or at least don't but a clay one, it'll fall apart come the first frost.

Mish Nish
19th Apr 2009, 21:49
Sikpupi - before you ditch the old BBQ, don't even bother cleaning it - just fire it up good and hot, and burn the scunge off, and you may squeeze another year or two out of it.

20th Apr 2009, 10:11
Not Technically a bbq, But I dug a hole 3 foot X 3 foot X 1.5 foot deep Then stacked pavers around it like thus:

Works great! Use a cast Iron grill for meat, or a flat piece of cast iron for sausages and eggs on weekends. :ok:




20th Apr 2009, 10:28
Jaysus Flynverted - looks like a the top of a missile silo after a few uses!

Still - meat looks ok - not sure about the eggs though - is that butter where the yolk is supposed to be?

20th Apr 2009, 10:35
Yuk yuk.

It's a baked potato.

20th Apr 2009, 10:37
Looks like the greens have been subbed for Carbon:uhoh:

Ancient Observer
20th Apr 2009, 13:06
Never laid a brick before, but I just used bricks, laid to my own design - a slab of pavement, and a couple of grills. Built upwards rather than digging down. Works fine.

unstable load
21st Apr 2009, 11:31
Get a 9kilo gas bottle, vent it and unscrew the valve then flush it out with water. Cut in half with angle grinder and weld a heavy hinge on one side so it closes on itself. Mount on frame of pipe/angle/what have you and fit a frame on lower half to support grill and bon apetit!
Oh, a few holes at about 5 and 7 o'clock on the lower half to let it breathe won't hurt either.

21st Apr 2009, 17:53
looked a a Barbecook Major Stainless Steel last year Barbecook Major Stainless Steel Review in BBQ at Review Centre and regret not acting on instinct and buying it. Now local stockist gone out of business and can't find a stockist on the Internet who will deliver.

Looks like these guys will deliver: Marshall's Garden Machinery Lawnmowers - Barbecook Barbecues (http://www.mowersrus.co.uk/index.php/Barbecook-Barbecues.htm)

Hope it helps!

2nd May 2009, 14:31
Barbecook website - dealers page. (http://www.barbecook.com/en/dealers/index.asp)

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2nd May 2009, 15:13
You really must check the "My Beautiful Weber " thread in the mil forum.