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
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
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
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.
For more information go to
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
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.