Building a charcoal grill is not especially complicated and custom-built grills have been popular since the 1950s before mass produced grills took over the market. You will need a well-ventilated place for your grill and a cooking grate for the food to go on.

The body of the grill can be made from bricks, concrete blocks, or metal sheets and this kind of grill is easy enough to build in one afternoon. A friend to help and a six-pack of beer can make the actual building more fun!

Plans for Building a Charcoal Grill

Before you start designing your plans to build a charcoal grill, there are a few things you need to consider:

  • What do you want your grill to look like? It is a good idea to design something that will blend in with the surroundings and look good next to the house.
  • Your grill should be away from other structures to avoid the risk of fire spreading.
  • A well-designed grill should be for more than just grilling. You can add on shelves and storage areas as well as places to hang utensils and store the items you will need when grilling.
  • Your barbeque should be easy to clean and repair if need be. You will not want to have to cut through bricks to replace a part.
  • A good grill lasts for a long time and should be weatherproof. Build your barbeque well to withstand the elements.

For more grill building ideas and instructions see our other articles in this series.

Part 1

How to Build a Grill Out of a 55 Gallon Drum

Part 3

Step-by-Step Instructions on Building a Charcoal Grill

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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