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

Step 1

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.





Step 2

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.





Step 3

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.





Step 4

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.





Step 5

Insert a metal tie into the mortar to join the inner wall to the longer wall, giving the finished structure added strength.







Step 6

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.







Step 7

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.





Step 8

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.







Step 9

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.





Step 10

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.





Step 11

For a useful braai work surface, cement a large paving slab on top of the walls.




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