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Building a BBQ Pit

This DIY Basic will provide tips on building a BBQ pit.

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Step 1: Watch an Overview Video

Step 2: Prep the Area

Size the pit to fit the grill top.

Level the foundation with a hand tamp. Leave a little space between the cinderblocks in the pit so the water can drain.

Step 3: Level the Concrete Footing

The concrete footing should be the width of the cinderblock. Use a trowel and a carpenter’s level to make the footing completely smooth and level.

Step 4: Add the Bricks

Tap the bricks into place with a trowel, scraping off excess mortar. Use a level to keep the bricks level and a carpenter’s square to keep the corners square. Alternate direction when you lay the second and third layers of brick.

Tip: Keep a multipurpose fire extinguisher near the pit