How to build a BBQ

How to build a brick barbecue with Blue Circle Cement

When laying a patio using Blue Circle Cement, we recommend the following steps. This advice is designed to offer a general guide to help you create a strong and durable base for your patio.


2+ hours


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Safe working

Working safely on any project is the most important thing. Here are a few tips to keep you safe.

Ensure you have the 'hands-on' skills to take on the project

Always read the label on the product packaging before starting

Always follow the product safety guidance before starting

Ensure you have the correct protective clothing for the job

Always be visible in your workspace

Materials and tools required for this job:

Crushed stone (optional)

Wood for formwork

Wooden stakes

Spirit level



Rubber mallet




Safety gear

Plastic sheeting

Online guide: How to build a BBQ

Remember to follow safety guidelines and wear appropriate protective gear, including gloves and safety glasses, when working with cement. Additionally, always check and follow the specific instructions provided by the Blue Circle cement manufacturer. Using our guidance is your own responsibility.

Step 1

Choose a Suitable Location
Select a level and safe location for your brick barbecue, considering factors such as proximity to your home and prevailing wind direction.

Step 2

Prepare the Foundation
Prepare the ground, ensuring it is solid and level (use compacted hardcore or gravel if necessary). Then construct wooden shuttering to be filled with concrete for a stable base.

Step 3

Mix and Pour your Concrete
Mix ready-to-use Blue Circle High Strength 40N (or Multi-Purpose Concrete) as directed on the bag and pour into the shuttering, ensuring the surface is level.

Step 4

Completing the Foundation
Once the foundation has cured for the time recommended on the bag, remove the shuttering.

Step 5

Build the Barbecue
Mix the ready-to-use Blue Circle Mortar as per instructions on the bag and build up the barbecue walls. Leave gaps for ventilation if desired.

Insert metal pegs into the mortar to support the cooking surface at the appropriate height.

Clean your tools promptly after finishing to prevent any material from hardening on them.

Step 6

Cure the Barbecue
Allow the entire structure to cure for several days before using it for cooking.

Step 7

Complete the Cooking Surface
Place a metal grate or other suitable cooking surface on the pegs, ensuring they are securely supported and level.