Building a Barbecue

by Cy
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Hello, I am Cy from Cy's Corner and this is a project from the mind of my Husband. He wanted to make an area specifically for the barbecue! I made a video of this building adventure and it is included below, but for tutorial sake I will describe his process with some pictures.
We had a patio already, but because of where he wanted the barbecue to sit he poured an extra concrete slab on one end of the patio that was 3x6 feet and about 4 inches thick. Here in this picture it has already been poured and Husband has started to build on it.
He used 8x8x16 inch cinder blocks to build the base, using mortar mix wherever the blocks touched.
He used a level along the way to make sure everything was…well, level!
He used rebar horizontally and vertically throughout the blocks.
He built up the levels and let the mortar set for a day or two.
Then he painted the cinder blocks with concrete paint.
He used tile mastic to adhere the granite top to the cinder block base.
This piece of granite was very heavy and was designed with a hole where the barbecue would sit. He also made some simple doors out of pine and attached the door frame to the cinder block using concrete anchors.
My job was to paint the doors black.
He hung the doors using regular old hinges.
He tried caulking the barbecue in place but that didn’t work so well, so he used the mastic again and permanent clamps that can’t be seen because they are on the inside.

This was a propane barbecue but we did end up having natural gas hooked up later. It was easy to add a converter package to our barbecue.
And here it is all completed!
Husband was a barbecuing machine!!!
This is a short video of the entire process of Husband's barbecue build! I have more videos of my own projects, from woodworking to remodeling our little house, go to my YouTube channel called Cy's Corner to check them out:

Thanks and I hope to see you again! ~Cy
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  • Carol Johnson Wolf Carol Johnson Wolf on May 31, 2021

    Can your husband come over? I have about 400+ bricks that want to be a BBQ or fire pit. My husband and I both have bad backs and need someone’s knowledge!

    Beautiful job....

  • Kat Rojas Kat Rojas on Jun 04, 2021

    What did you use to hold the granite in place? What did you use to hold the grill in place? And last how far away from the actual house is ok to install a grill?

  • Nancy Nancy on Jun 04, 2021

    Where did you get the propane converter for the BBQ.

    I would love to buy all the

    materials and surprise my husband.

    job well done.

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  • Elaine Elaine on Jun 04, 2021

    What a great project! Was it a product of hubbys imagination or did he have an actual plan to follow? I'm surprised that granite can be used as counter space so close to the heat source. Kudos to both of you for a job well done.

  • Judi Johnson Judi Johnson on Jun 09, 2021

    Great job.