There are various types of barbecue designs that can help you building your own custom stone barbecue as a replacement solution to grills on wheels. In fact they were a very popular fashion back in the fifties which is now coming back in vogue. However, before embarking onto such a project it is important to have a look at a few designs which are cost effective and to also have a look at the various fuel options available at the market. By using brick and stone you can create a very elegant custom barbecue.
1. Fuel Considerations
Wood fired and charcoal barbecues are very simple to build. All you need is to have a well ventilated area to place the fire and a cooking grate on it and it can be constructed from bricks with little masonry knowledge. On the other hand, a gas grill set up is a bit more complicated and it is suggested to install a commercial gas grill in the custom barbecue instead of trying to build your own gas grill.
2. Simple Pit Designs
Stone barbecue pits are very easy to build. You can have a square pit with a front opening so that you can clean it easily, or you can have a cylindrical one so that all fire is contained. In every pit design the cooking grate would be secured in the brickwork but then you will not have a chimney. However, you can add a side surface to serve as a counter while cooking. This is a very durable design which only needs bricks and mortar.
3. Stone Barbecue Island
For the more demanding barbecue lovers, the best idea is to have a barbecue incorporated within an island. This can be in a u-shaped form, be a simple linear one or be circular. In such a design, the barbecue grill will be installed in the island itself and you can have any type of barbecue you wish. It can be a chimney barbecue, a kitchen grill with side burners, a gas barbecue or even a wood burning one. This type of combination is ideal for the homeowners who love to have large style barbecues with friends and family. You can even buy such kitchen island barbecues; however, building your own stone kitchen island with barbecue will be cheaper, even if it is a demanding project.
4. Oven Barbecue
This type of barbecue will have a rectangular or square base in which the fuel area will be (ideally wood or charcoal) and a domed area on top where the food will be cooked. You can choose to have the arched cooking area to have doors and add a chimney on top of the arch so that any smoke will exit from the top and not in your face while cooking. This type of shape is ideal for best cooking meals and it is a very traditional design for those who are looking to build or buy a rustic barbecue.
These are the most popular and easiest to build stone barbecue designs. Keep in mind that each and every one of these designs can be decorated with stone wall tiles or with pebble tiles, have granite surfaces and limestone additions. The only thing that will hold you back is your imagination.