Imagine cooking some juicy steaks on your own built in BBQ grill. Sure it will take a lot of work and a good chunk of change, but it will definitely be worth it. Building you own backyard BBQ grill can be a daunting task, but with a little planning it will be a great project with excellent returns. Before you begin digging and building you will need to do some careful planning. Deciding how the grill will look and what functionality you need are the most difficult and important parts of this entire project. As part of the design you will need to decide what design to use and how to customize it to fit your style. Before you begin construction it is imperative to choose what grill insert you will use.
Sure you could purchase some plans online or from a home improvement store, but they will be designed to fit someone else’s style. Designing your own grill will ensure that it fits your grilling style and vision. You can use either a simple pen and paper to draw a few sketches of your plans or you can use computer aided design software. There are a many good software packages available; some are even free such as SketchUp. Use the method that you feel most comfortable with.
There are three basic built in BBQ designs. Each of these designs can be customized to fit your needs. The first design is an island. It consists of a single bar with a BBQ insert and some counter space. The second design in an L. This design runs a bar off of one end of the island perpendicular to it. The third design extends another bar off of the L design to form a U.
The space that you have for the outdoor kitchen will dictate which design you use. If you are limited on space you will probably need to choose the simple bar design; if you have a large space available you may opt for the U Design. Once you have chosen a starting design you can customize it to fit your style.
Customizing your grill is the most fun part of the whole design and planning process. What do you want the grill to look like? You could choose a classic red brick look, or maybe a light colored stucco. The choice is yours. Choose a durable countertop that can withstand the elements; both slate tile and marble work well. If you will have wood trim or cupboards I would recommend either cedar or redwood because both hold up well under the elements.
The final and most important choice you will have to make when designing your built in BBQ grill is what type of grill insert to use. If you will use charcoal you can just brick in a grate and start cooking. If you like the taste of charcoal but want the look of stainless steel you can purchase a charcoal stainless steel grill insert, but it will cost you quite a bit of money. Because of convenience and cooking style most will choose a gas grill insert. They come in a variety of sizes and models.
When choosing a grill insert remember the following tips. I know that you will want to purchase the largest and most powerful model available, but it is not necessary. Think about the amount of food that you will be cooking at one time. If you have a small to medium sized family and don’t entertain large gatherings as 400 to 500 square inch model ought to work well. Make sure to have the insert handy when construction begins to ensure a proper fit.
The proceeding steps will help you to plan and design your own built in barbecue grill that will bring years of outdoor grilling bliss.