The barbecue pit has been around since 1920,s and it was used
to cook barbecue beef ribs. BBQ ribs had a far more delicious
than ribs cooked in the kitchen.
pits were very popular in 1950's. Just about everyone had
one in their back yard. Back then groups of friends and family
got together more often. Today with our busy lives we just
don't seem to find the time for the backyard barbecue pit.
plans to build your own back yard BBQ can be a bit of a challenge.
The best place to look is online where there are several sites
with basic plans. Since the popular pits have not been around
for over fifty years, there are not a lot of people left who
know how to build one from scratch.
you just can't dig a hole in the back yard and throw in wood
and charcoal. Those days are gone. With all the government
and municipal regulations you'll probably land up with a big
ole fine. The fire department might even show up at your door,
and they'll not be happy about your backyard open fire.
Be sure to check with the local town or city to see if you
need a license to burn. Some cities even have a building inspector
who will need to approve the BBQ pit before you build it or
you plan on adding electricity or a gas burner you will likely
need additional permits which are usually issued by your town,
city, or region. Regulations may require the gas or electric
apparatus to be installed by a licensed professional. So take
some time to research your project.
also have to decide how simple or how complex you would like
your BBQ pit to be. Is it going to be a basic fire pit or
do you want a fully functional gas grill which would include
side burners and warming flats.
type of grill is you build is only limited by how big your
pocket book is and what your personal needs are. Really all
you need is a place for the fire that is well ventilated and
a grate or grill to place the food.
are some simple rules you should follow. The placement of
the barbecue should be away from other structures so as not
to create a fire hazard.
sure the location you choose for your BBQ will be one you'll
be happy with for years to come, because you don't want to
have to move it.
with the appearance of your house and your yard. That way
the pit fit in nicely and not look out of place. Do not place
it too close to large flowering plants that get bigger each
year or you'll be faced with moving the plant or the pit.
should be able to use the out door kitchen all year round.
Build the barbecue grill to stand up to all the seasons in
your location. You want the outdoor kitchen to last. With
a little extra thought you could have good storage and preparation
When designing the out door grill make it easy to clean. It
would be a shame if you had to cut out some bricks to clean
the unit or to replace a part.
are only a few books with plans for building a back yard barbecue
pit. Your local library may have older books that can help
you. The internet is also a good source of information.
a well designed barbecue pit can be more than a place to cook
food. It can be a place to entertain and enjoy good friends,
good conversation and good food in the traditional Texas style!
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