One of the best parts of summer is backyard barbeques. But as good as it is to throw some hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill, you can make summer’s finest tradition even better—and broaden your menu choices—by building a BBQ pit in your backyard!
Building a BBQ pit sounds like a daunting task, and it’s certainly tougher than buying a grill at the store. But it’s a rewarding endeavor that can be accomplished by anyone with a little bit of patience, a little bit of time and a good plan. The latter is the most important part—a BBQ pit will become a permanent part of your backyard, so you don’t want to make a mistake or change your mind about a design halfway through.
Know how big a pit you want to build—the most popular measurement for a BBQ pit is 24 inches in diameter by 18 inches deep. Most BBQ pits are made of brick, which means the pit will need a sturdy base such as cinderblock. Most importantly, make sure it is built in a wide-open area. You don’t want trees or parts of the house hanging over the BBQ pit and creating a potentially hazardous situation.
One important element people often forget in building a BBQ pit is how difficult it can be to clean one. So try and construct a pit which you can access from the back—that’ll make it much easier to empty out the ashes.
Building a BBQ pit will take much of the summer, but just imagine the fun you’ll have toasting the fruits of your labors on Labor Day weekend! Enjoy your BBQ pit and the chance to have the best barbeque food in the world in your very own backyard!