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How Do I Choose the Best Brick BBQ?

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  • Written By: Dan Cavallari
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 08 July 2018
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A brick BBQ is a great way to add a convenient and attractive cooking tool to your backyard, but choosing the best design can be tricky. First and foremost, keep in mind that a brick BBQ usually needs to be built from scratch. You can't simply go to the store, pick one up, and drop it in the backyard, so you have two general options: you can either build it yourself, or you can hire a professional to do the work. This is a labor-intensive job that requires some skill, so if you don't think you are up to the task, hire a professional who can do it right the first time.

Hiring a professional will cost you more money up front, but it is a good idea to go this route if you are not confident in your own bricklaying skills. Building a brick BBQ incorrectly, after all, will end up costing you money in the long run because the structure may crumble, crack, or otherwise become damaged. If, however, you are comfortable with your bricklaying skills, you can do the work yourself. Before you start, however, you will need to think carefully about how you intend to use the brick BBQ. This will dictate the overall design, size, and location.

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Choose a brick BBQ that is an appropriate size not only for the amount of cooking you will do, but also for the size of the space in which the unit will be installed. Some BBQs are exceptionally small and simple, and they function in much the same way a grill does. Others are much larger and are capable of cooking foods such as pizza that require an enclosure. Some BBQs also feature prep stations or tables; these can be made of brick as well, or they may be made of steel. Consider what additional features you would like your BBQ to have before beginning the project.

It is a good idea to build a brick BBQ with slats for adjusting the height of the rack. This will allow you to move foods closer or further away from the fire or coals. It is also a very good idea to lay down a concrete slab beneath the BBQ to prevent damage to the soil and to prevent fire hazards that can lead to damage to the home, patio, or yard. Some local laws and regulations may even require you to build such a slab.

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