Great Built-In Grill Ideas


When most people think “grill,” they think a gas-powered contraption that can be wheeled around your yard or patio. While items grilled on these tools are delicious, why not look at some great built-in grill ideas? Building a barbecue of your own can be a rewarding and exciting process.

The first step in creating your built-in grill is to choose a location. Much like the oven in your kitchen, a built-in barbecue will be the center of your outdoor cooking space. As such, you will want to choose a convenient location with plenty of space for your cooking supplies, serving space, and guests. While designing the grill, you will want to consider including weather-proof storage for cooking utensils and other related items so these things have a permanent home in your yard and are always in a convenient location.

It is also important to make sure that the location of your barbecue is far enough from other outdoor items that there is no risk of fire. Built-in grills cannot be located in close proximity to buildings, trees, or other landscape that may be at risk from heat.

Finally, pay attention to the lines of your house, outbuildings, and landscaping. You do not want the built-in grill to stick out like a sore thumb. Rather, your grill should be a beautiful and complimentary part of your yard.

Once you have chosen a location for your built-in grill, it is important to consider what you are looking for. With grills, you can go from a very simple fire pit with a metal grate on top, all the way down the spectrum to a fully functional gas grill. Constructing a simple charcoal or wood-fired built-in grill is the simplest. Using some bricks and a book on masonry, you can build a simple brick enclosure that can be used to grill. The metal parts, such as the grill grates, can be purchased separately and attached. A Saturday afternoon with your buddies can produce one of these beautiful, simple, built-in grills.

Alternatively, you may be looking for more complex built-in grill ideas. Gas grills can also be constructed in your back yard. Online retailers sell gas grill insert set-ups. For these, you would simply build a relatively simple outside brick structure, as you would for the wood or charcoal-fired grills. However, in this case, you would need to pay attention to the dimensions of your drop-in or slip-in gas insert.

No matter how simple or complex the utility of your built-in grill, it is important that the construction be relatively simple. Rather than having many crevices or hidden parts, a simple, sleek box with easy to access controls is important. This will make it easy to clean and use. Additionally, if any interior parts break, you do not want to be pulling apart bricks to repair it. A good design will enhance utility and make maintenance a breeze.

When you are constructing a built-in gas grill, you are creating a unique and useful tool for your backyard. As you are building, you should also keep your mind on the future. You want a built-in grill that will stand up to the weather in your area. As such, use materials that you know can withstand the climate in your part of the world. Additionally, make sure you choose attractive materials that you will enjoy seeing as part of your yard. Hopefully your built-in grill will be staying there a long time, so you want to make sure you like its appearance!

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jasonjason – who has written posts on Home Tips Plus.
I'm a father of three, married and a home owner since 2006. I've worked in fixing up homes and rental properties.

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