Designing And Planning A Built In BBQ Grill
It is the dream of nearly every backyard chef to build his own backyard BBQ grill. You could hire the project out to a landscape architect and contractor but the bill will be very expensive. Planning and designing your own built in BBQ can be a very involved project, but it will save you quite a bit of cash and nothing tastes better then grilling steaks on a grill that you built with your own two hands. Planning the grill is the most important part to ensure that the final product fits your grilling style and taste.
There are two basic ways to begin the design process. The first is to use a pencil and some graph paper. You can draft a few sketches to get a handle on what you really want in a grill. After deciding on a basic design move the drawing over to a computer drafting program. I prefer Google SketchUp for a couple of reasons. First, it is free. Second, the learning curve is minimal. Within five or ten minutes of experimenting you will have a good enough handle on the software to start designing your grill. Best of all you can do the sketch in 3-D and full color.
When designing your grill there are three basic designs to choose from as a starting point. The first design is a simple bar. It needs to be at least 8 feet long and 2-3 feet deep. The other two designs feed off of the single bar. The L design has another bar that runs perpendicular to the first, and the U design has two parallel bars extending perpendicular to the first.
Each of these designs can be customized to fit the space in which you will build your outdoor kitchen. If you have a rather large space a U design will work well. For limited space a simple island will suffice. If you are going to include a sink and/or fridge you will want to choose either a U or L design.
The next step is to customize the design that you have chosen. To do this, ask yourself two questions. First, what and how much will I barbecue? Second, what do I want it to look like? If you will be cooking a variety of foods on a regular basis you will want plenty of counterspace and maybe a build in a sink. Counters can be built out of any type of stone or stone tile. The d?cor can be either stucco, brick, or rock; all styles will hold up well under the elements.
The final decision in planning a built in BBQ grill is what type of grill insert to use. You can opt for either a gas or charcoal model. Both types come in stainless steel and cast iron models. If you are short on funds then you could skip the insert and just build a charcoal grill out of brick and purchase a few grates to cook on.
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.
By following the aforementioned steps you will be able to design a backyard built in BBQ grill to fit your style. Nothing feels better than cooking in a new backyard kitchen.