Building a Barbecue

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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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  • Nol11998258 Nol11998258 on Dec 30, 2016
    Instead of using mortar between blocks, did you consider using surface bonding, using glass fiber reinforced mortar? It goes a lot faster and is also stronger?
  • Tiffany Tiffany on Dec 30, 2016
    Can the grill be removed if you need a new one?
  • Barbara Barbara on Jan 04, 2017
    How much did it cost total?
    • Cy Cy on Jan 04, 2017
      The granite slab was 700 bucks and was the most expensive part, then the BBQ, not sure how much that was. The cinder blocks and mixes were inexpensive. Sorry no total cost calculated.
    • Barbara Barbara on Jan 05, 2017
      That seems expensive for outdoor space.
    • Cy Cy on Jan 05, 2017
      Guess it's all in the perspective of the wanter!
    • Becky Becky on Jan 07, 2017
      Great job. Guess she's never seen a built in grill/outdoor kitchen with stone, pavers, granite. That's easily $20k.
    • Hawleyshauna Hawleyshauna on Jan 09, 2017
      Great job!
    • Matt Matt on Jan 16, 2017
      Wow I'm not rich!
    • Marrianne Rudy Marrianne Rudy on Dec 29, 2017
      Sometimes you can get scraps of granite, quartz, etc from a local company that sells "leftovers" after a countertop project. I've found pieces that are easily 36 x 48 inches for as low as 25 bucks! Look around, call the local companies.... :)

    • Arlene Hening Patterson Arlene Hening Patterson on Dec 29, 2017
      MR: You took the words out of my mouth!

    • Greg Homer Greg Homer on Dec 29, 2017
      I did this once, I used a concrete slab, I made myself and stained and water-proofed.. total cost was about $50. I also had help mounting. It was heavy.
  • Anitra Mosley Anitra Mosley on Jan 06, 2017
    Could your husband come by and build one for me? That looks fantastic!
  • Tom Crosby Tom Crosby on Dec 29, 2017
    What are cinder blocks ? Do you mean concrete blocks ?
    • Betty Betty on Dec 29, 2017
      Some people use the terms synonymously with concrete block. But true cinder blocks are made of ash (fly ash, bottom ash) from such places as coal burning electrical power plants.
  • Zhanna Zhanna on Dec 29, 2017
    The actual barbecue that was set into the opening in the granite--was that part of a typical grille that has a cabinet under it and all the other stuff that has to be assembled? Did you just not use anything but the main part?
  • Josie Holland Josie Holland on Dec 30, 2017
    How easy is it for someone like me to build a BBQ like that? It look easy in the video
  • Paula K. Varble Paula K. Varble on Dec 30, 2017
    How did you get the grill into the hole of the table top?
    • Kelli Kelli on May 19, 2020

      the hole is just a little smaller than the grill. the hole is just for the connections to the propane tank. the grill actually sits on top of the granite

  • Michelle Cook Michelle Cook on May 18, 2020

    Wondering same as others.....where did you actually get the BBQ Grill itself?

  • Shirley Barnett Shirley Barnett on May 19, 2020

    The little front area looks like just a half of a cinderblock. Do they sell those that way or did you have to cut them?

    • Judy Judy on May 26, 2021

      They sell the half blocks. I’ve seen the 8”x8”x 8” cinder blocks at Lowe’s.

  • Ran49180521 Ran49180521 on Jun 30, 2020

    How many cinder blocks did you use? It looks like 21 but wasn’t sure

  • Pamela Pamela on May 28, 2021

    Whats the cost? You don't mention it.

    • Cy Cy on May 29, 2021

      We built this quite a few years ago so prices may have changed. We spent about $1000 for everything. The most expensive part was the granite slab which was about $700.

  • Donna Ohanian Donna Ohanian on May 28, 2021

    How can he reach the open grill cover to shut it to cook? I can’t reach mine when I stand right on my grill front so I put a string on it. Here he has to reach over granite also.

  • Ellen Ellen on May 28, 2021

    Where I live we have a safety ordinance that outdoor fires need to be 15 feet from the house, which includes even just a grill. Do they not have that where this couple lives? I’d be afraid of fire getting to the house.

    • Seagee Seagee on May 28, 2021

      I believe that a propane grill is not considered a fire.

    • I've never heard that before. Its hooked to natural gas so, like seagee said, maybe theres a loop hole

    • Moma Margie Moma Margie on May 28, 2021

      Yes. I see building shows where they place the bbq next to the house. Yet the building codes here require it to be a distance from the house.

    • Jerry Jerry on May 28, 2021

      Do you live in fear of many things?

    • Tvolansky Tvolansky on May 29, 2021

      Always check your local building codes. You might even be surprised to find that a permit is required in order to build a BBQ that is attached to the patio. Only a few dollars but still might be needed. Please don't listen to opinions of those who are just guessing. Do your own homework and be safe. Yes, I am a contractor.

    • Mary Tuccy Talmont Mary Tuccy Talmont on Jun 04, 2021

      Propane / gas is considered a source of ignition .. there are set back codes for propane but the 20lb cylinder in the cabinet does not apply to the code ..size of tank/ cylinder dictates code set backs

  • Mary lu Mary lu on May 28, 2021

    loos really nice. are those cinder blocks fireproof. hate to see the all fall apart if they are not.

    • Serena Serena on May 28, 2021

      If you’re wondering “Can I use cinder blocks for a fire pit?” or “Are cinder blocks fireproof enough for an effective fire pit?” the answer to both is a definitive “Yes!” Cinder block fire pits are great both for summer grills and for creating a warm and cozy atmosphere in the winter.

    • Mary Russell Mary Russell on May 28, 2021

      IF you are planning to build a fire pit out of cinder blocks,then build an actual fire inside it with wood or trash,or whatever,then be very careful because cinder blocks will absorb moisture.after a rain,somaone may feel like going out and building a fire.Thats when the moisture trapped in the cinder block can expand to the point that it explodes,causing a shrapnel like effect on anyone around them.An acquaintence of mine got his face horribly disfigured this very way.

    • Karen Karen on May 29, 2021

      The fire is inside the grill above the blocks

  • 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?

    • Candice Torongeau Candice Torongeau on Jun 04, 2021

      Only question of yours I can help you with is “how far the grill should be from the house” and that’s 10 ft. At LEAST TEN FEET, especially if your house has vinyl siding.

      Our son Learned that the hard way when, as a young teen, he wanted to cook dinner for us. He was so excited. He bought steaks, had all the perfect side dishes too!

      I peeked through the window to check on him, and 1 of 2 things were happening. Either I was drunk or the side of our house was looking a little wavy to me. As.In.warped. Unfortunately, it was the latter.

      Poor fella, he was so upset/scared! All was quickly forgiven. What else can you do?It was one of those “ I just had a quick life lesson!” Besides, Nothing else needed to be SCOLDED that night! 🤦‍♀️

  • 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.