Everyone loves a good barbecue. Which is probably why you want to build one of your own in your yard, right? Here’s an easy to do, step-by-step guide to help you start your own outdoor BBQ corner right at your yard.
What you need?
The barbecue will be built with hebel blocks and hebel panels, since they are building materials that do well when subjected to heat. It’s also lightweight and easy to work with, so this project can easily be done by one person over the weekend.
What you do?
1. Build a concrete slab
First you need to excavate where you want your BBQ to go. Dig an area about 100mm deep where you can fit the bench. Also, to make sure it’s a nice fit, space the formwork to fit the rows hebel blocks so you dont have to do any cutting. Pour concrete on the site, float to a smooth finish and let dry.
2. Add DPC (damp-proof course)
Mark out the plan for the bench using a combination square and straightedge. Then roll out a layer of DPC where. This will effectively create a slip joint between the concrete and the hebel blocks.
3. Lay the first course
Mix mortar and spread a 10mm-thick layer over the DPC. Bed the initial course, by tapping and applying adhesive to the end blocks into the correct position, checking often with a spirit level..
4. Finish courses
When placing the second course, overlap the vertical joints with a minimum of 100mm. The adhesive on this step goes on the first course and to the blocks. Tap to make sure the vertical joints close to 2mm. Place the third course by matching the first.
5. Place the BBQ burner
Lay the BBQ burner hebel panel against the third course, adjusting to get the right fit. Apply adhesive over the third course then bed the 75mm-thick hebel panel on the adhesive, tapping level. Hebel panels are used because hebel panels are lightweight. Hebel panels also do well even under strain and heat.
6. Add BBQ side benchtops
Place two 600 x 200 x 200mm hebel blocks on one end of the panel, securing accordingly with adhesive. Then place a 100mm-wide hebel block to the other end.
7. Place the door stiles
Start your door by cutting an 18mm-wide x 5mm-deep rebate on the ends of the door head. Glue and screw this to the stiles. Next, you need to secure the frame to the hebel blocks by drilling two holes through each stile and securing with galvanised screws. Next secure the doors to the stiles. Finally, apply render to the whole BBQ and tiles to the top of the BBQ (check manufacturer’s instructions and follow appropriately).