BBQ Shack

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My husband has a small love affair with all things in the grills. We have 2 charcoal grills, a smoker, a gas grill and all the paraphernalia that goes with it. It was all stored on the back side of our house on a small patio made of cement pavers that only measured about 6ftx 8ft. Serving also as a walkway to the garage and driveway, passing through could be hazardous depending on what was being cooked back there. The smoker would be brought out into the walking path and other grills would be moved around as needed. Not safe or nice looking. So we decided to build something more permanent.

We had to clear tree roots to extend the patio space. Leveling this was the hardest part of this project which is why I rate it a "medium" for challenge. We used 12'x12' cement pavers which matched what was previously there.

Four holes were dug to sink 4x4 posts. Quick set was poured around each one to hold them in place. A knee wall was built to protect the grills from being touched accidentally. A corrugated metal roof was attached at the top, sloping to the back to allow for run-off.

1x8 pieces were used for planking the knee walls.

Slatted walls were installed to hang utensils but still allows a view to that side of the yard.

A fresh coat of exterior opaque stain to the outside of the shack allows it to blend in with the house and garage but the inside stayed unpainted. Left over corrugated metal was attached to the inside wall, behind the grills, as a heat shield.

A metal shelving unit was installed; easy to remove for cleaning but allows for storage and prep space. Mister has a place to grill that keeps him in the conversation but keeps our guest protected and keeps me happy not having to see a messy collection of moving grills.

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  • Marie Garbiso Marie Garbiso on Jun 18, 2021

    What was used to attach all the boards together?

  • Gina Smith Gina Smith on Jul 15, 2021

    I have a question, does the somewhat enclosed area present any trapping of too much bbq smoke or does the open walled area allow for smoke to freely exit the bbq shack?

  • Eje78419104 Eje78419104 on Feb 19, 2023

    How many 2x4 did you buy

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  • Patty Allen Jarrett Patty Allen Jarrett on Apr 27, 2022

    I used your basic plans as a starting point. Thanks

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    • While I Linger While I Linger on May 02, 2022

      That looks great, Patty! Thanks for sharing the phot. Love the clapboard siding, too.

  • Krafty Kathy Krafty Kathy on Apr 22, 2023

    LOVE this. I need one for my collection of kilns.

    The slat wall is brilliant.

    Do you have any rusting on the stuff stored there?

    This would be easier than dragging stuff in and out of the shed.

    • While I Linger While I Linger on Apr 22, 2023

      There is some rusting but most of what is hanging out there is more decorative than functional. The cast iron gets oiled after each use so that is helpful, too. The stuff he regularly uses gets stored in plastic bins on the shelving unit to protect from weather and critters.