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What you’ll need to get started                                                       Planning your next

on your D.I.Y. Project                                                                   D.I.Y. Project

150 bricks, fired (230mm long, 110mm wide and 76mm deep)
                                                                           The Bunnings D.I.Y. brochures are designed to help you step
                                                                                   the way through your D.I.Y. home projects.                                  Build a
                                                                                                                                                               Brick BBQ
Reinforced mesh                                                           They’ll give you the right advice on what materials you’ll need,
                                                                            how to get the job done and tips and ideas for achieving
Drip tray
                                                                                                   the best result.
BBQ hot plate
3 bags of pre-mixed mortar
Edging boards (2 x 1400mm long 25mm high, 2 x 900mm long 25mm high)
                                                                                                                                                               How to build a brick bbq


Spirit level
Trowel and shovel
Bolster and mash hammer
Stringline and pegs
Wheelbarrow or mortar board
Angle grinder with masonry blade (optional)                                         Expert D.I.Y. advice
                                                                           If it’s advice you’re after, come in and discuss the project with
Materials                                                             one of our experts. Ask about organising Same Day Delivery, Tool Hire,
                                                                                  Installation or even enrol in one of our D.I.Y. classes.
Always keep tools and materials away from children.
Wear safety goggles when breaking bricks.

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How to D.I.Y.                                                              Choosing a site                                                                   the side creating a clean edge. Follow this format to complete the first
                                                                                                                                                             course - constantly checking with the spirit level and stringlines. Note

Build a Brick BBQ
                                                                                                                                                             the joining end of the middle line will need a half brick. Before you
                                                                          When choosing your BBQ site, make sure it is reasonably flat, protected from
                                                                                                                                                             start the second layer, it is important to that you stagger each level
                                                                          the wind, away from shrubs and bushes and not too far from your kitchen.
                                                                                                                                                             - each course must maintain a 1/2 brick overlap to bond your project
                                                                          If you have an entertainment area around a pool or near your decking, this
                                                                                                                                                             together. What this means is that you will have to cut bricks to achieve
                                                                          would be a great site.
                                                                                                                                                             a staggering effect. No two joining levels will have the same design.
                                                                                                                                                             See Fig 2 for brick layout. Now you have your two staggered designs
There is nothing like outside                                              Preparing your site                                                               simply repeat.

entertaining with friends                                                 Using four corner pegs and a stringline, mark out an area of 1400 x900mm.
                                                                          Check that opposite sides are equal in length and use some string to check that                                                     Fig 2. This functional
and family at home. A brick                                               the diagonal distances match.                                                                                                       layout has only 1 half
                                                                                                                                                                                                              brick per layer.
BBQ can provide hours of                                                   Excavate & lay cement
entertainment.                                                            Excavate to 100mm with a shovel then box in the pegged area with edging
                                                                          boards and pegs, making sure all board edges are level. Insert the steel
                                                                          mesh to reinforce the slab and prevent damage from tree roots. Follow the
Please Note:                                                              directions on the cement bag, and then pour cement making sure that the
                                                                                                                                                              Cutting bricks
Information in this brochure is Bunnings’ opinion and we don’t warrant    reinforced mesh is completely covered. Level the slab with a straight piece
                                                                                                                                                             Lay your brick on the ground and mark a cutting line around brick with
the accuracy or completeness of that information. Bunnings excludes all   of timber, cover with a hessian bag or plastic sheet and allow it to cure for a
                                                                                                                                                             your bolster and mash hammer. Now place your bolster in groove and
liability in relation to the statements in this brochure.                 week - then remove your edging.
                                                                                                                                                             firmly hit. You may also like to use an angle grinder with a masonry bit.

                                                                           Preparing for laying                                                               Supports
                                                                          Layout the complete first course of your BBQ, making sure to allow 10mm
                                                                                                                                                             The drip tray and hot plate will need supports. You can change the
                                                                          for mortar between bricks. Test that each corner is square with your builder’s
                                                                                                                                                             brick design in course 6 and 9 to use bricks as supports. To do this
                                                                          square, then mark with a stringline and pegs so that you have a guide to start.
                                                                                                                                                             simply lay the selected bricks so that only half of the brick is bedded in
                                                                                                                                                             mortar and the remaining half is protruding inwards to support the ash
                                                                           Mixing mortar                                                                     tray (course 6) and hot plate (course 9). You may also choose to bolt on
                                                                                                                                                             steel supports after you have completed laying the bricks. To finish off
                                                                                                                                                             the final course (10), apply mortar and round off the edges with your
                                                                          Following the instructions on the pre-mixed mortar bag, mix the mortar on
                                                                                                                                                             trowel. You may also like to insert a wooden table next to the hot plate,
                                                                          a mortar board or in a wheelbarrow so that it sticks to the trowel when held
                                                                                                                                                             as a preparation area.

                                                                           Start laying                                                                      D.I.Y. Hints and Tips
                                                                                                                                                             1. You may choose to use a gas barbeque rather than a drip tray and
                                                                                                           Starting in the top left corner, layout 10mm
                                                                                                                                                                hot plate. If so you will need to measure the barbeque and adjust
                                                                                                           thick of mortar for each brick (start with
                                                                                                                                                                the brick design.
                                                                                                           4) then run the point of the trowel through
                                                                                                           the mortar to spread it slightly to sides
                                                                                                           (furrowing). Lay the first brick at the front      2. Create a gauge rod to check the brick height (don’t forget to allow
                                                                                                           corner, align it with the stringline and tap         10mm for the mortar).
                                                                                                           with trowel to bed it into the mortar (Fig 1).
                                                                                                           Holding the next brick in one hand, apply         3. Always check your form work levels and dimensions.
                                                                                                           10mm on the brick’s vertical joint, this is
                                                                                                           know as buttering. Now push this buttered         4. If your excavation soil is very dry or slightly wet, wait half an hour
                                                                          Fig 1. Tap brick with trowel                                                          to prevent the soil extracting moisture from the pour, which will
                                                                          to bed it into the mortar.       brick against the first brick to form a vertical
                                                                                                           join, and then bed this brick by tapping             weaken it.
                                                                                                           down with trowel. Mortar will leak out the        For further expert advice consult the qualified Team Members at your
                                                                                                           side, so simply scrape your trowel along          local Bunnings Warehouse.

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