Becoming a Home BBQ Master: Homemade Charcoal Grill Design

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Last Updated on October 12, 2021

Jim Bob

Jim Bob

A long-time contributor to GrillBabyGrill. Jim has had a lifelong relationship with the art of grilling, passed on from his father and grandfather to him.

Becoming a Home BBQ Master: Homemade Charcoal Grill Design

There is no doubting the affinity between people and nature. When the first signs of summer begin to show, amateur cooks, flock to the outdoors for barbecues and open-air gatherings. Apart from the delicious food, eating outside can be a natural mood booster, with the sun and fresh air releasing endorphins throughout your body.

When hosting guests for an outdoor soiree, there is nothing quite as satisfying as cooking a feast on your very own homemade grill. Building a charcoal grill is one of the most rewarding options if you’re looking for your next home improvement project. All you need to do is choose the right design.

Types of Charcoal Grills

When building your homemade charcoal grill, there are several options for your homemade charcoal grill design. Depending on how much time, money, and backyard space you have for your grill, your choice may vary.

While some homemade grills are large, comprehensive cooking apparatuses, others are often small, novelty-type grills. Homemade grills can be created using an abundance of backyard items, including terra cotta flower pots, toolboxes, and aluminum sheets.

The main drawback with homemade novelty grills is that they often lack size and heating capabilities. While they provide fun and satisfaction in cooking a couple of burgers, they’re generally not capable of cooking for multiple people. To create a comprehensive homemade grill, you’ll need to go with a slightly larger design.

The following guide details 2 separate charcoal grill designs:

  • A charcoal fire pit
  • A standing charcoal grill

There is a different degree of difficulty associated with each design. Depending on your budget and access to a welder, one may be more suitable than the other.

Charcoal Fire Pit Design

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There are two main types of fire pits: Above ground and in ground. Both styles can work equally well, but an above-ground pit generally creates a greater barrier between the fire and people. An above-ground pit usually requires more materials to build. Here are the key steps:

  1. Determine the size of the circle pit that you require and mark out a perimeter. A 20” to 45” diameter is a good guide for circle size.
  2. Use a shovel to dig an 8” to 10” hole in the ground within the circle.
  3. Cover the bottom of the hole with 2” of sand or pebbles and even it out.
  4. Place a fire ring into the hole. The height of the fire ring depends on whether you want an in-ground or above-ground pit. Choose one that fits your ideal pit size.
  5. Using stone, brick, or heat-resistant tiling, build a barrier edging around your pit. Your masonry abilities will determine how detailed this barrier works.
  6. You can either put charcoal directly into the base of your pit, or you can purchase a fire pit bowl to place into the hole.
  7. A grill should be installed over the top to place the food.

A fire pit grill is a great place to socialize as you cook. However, it’s essential that the area isn’t overly windy, or you may have issues with smoke.

Jim Bob

Jim Bob

Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Although a homemade grill may be a personal passion project, it may require some expert help in the grill setup and in charcoal grill safety concerns. Since welding, bricklaying, and outdoor construction are professional endeavors, hire a professional if you’re unsure of what you’re doing.

Plan out your design in advance and follow the steps carefully to ensure the best possible results. You’ll be glad you did when you’re enjoying your first barbecue using your new charcoal grill.