Here’s a simple brick braai diy project that can be completed in an afternoon.
Materials and Tools:
- Braai grill and oven tray
- Bricks, building sand, cement
- Spirit level, spade, trowel
- Paving slab
- Piece of hosepipe
Pick a suitable site and level it, you can check its level by placing a straight edge across the site with a spirit level on top, insure there are no gaps beneath the straight edge and the ground.
Lay out the first level of bricks for the braai using a cooking tray as a guide (this will be used to hold your coals). Keep as many bricks whole as possible to reduce the need to cut the bricks.
Mix 4 parts building sand to one part cement, adding water slowly until you get a stiff but smooth consistency. Check the level of the site before spreading the first layer of mortar, compensating for any changes by adding more mortar.
Use the spirit level to mark the outer edge of the braai in the cement. This provides a straight line for laying your first course of bricks. After the first layer of bricks is laid, check the level again, making sure your corners are square.
Insert a metal tie into the mortar to join the inner wall to the longer wall, giving the finished structure added strength.
Lay the remaining courses of bricks, starting at the corners of the braai. Stagger the vertical joints alternately to the width of a half brick.
Use a spirit level to check that each of the braai’s corners are vertically straight. Check from all angles to ensure the finished structure is square.
When five courses are complete at each corner, use a length of wood and the spirit level to check that the two sides are even and level.
Build up the braai’s walls to seven courses. On the left-hand and inner wall turn the bricks side-on to create a ledge for the charcoal tray. Create a flush edge by using a half brick at the outer edge. Carry on adding courses until you get to 10 then add another course side-on to support your braai’s grill.
To give a more professional finish on mortar, take a scrap piece of hosepipe and draw it along each of the joints. Create a neat edge by adding a final course of brick setts then when this is finished, check all the levels again.
For a useful braai work surface, cement a large paving slab on top of the walls.
Credit to gardenersworld.com