Grilling is one of the great pleasures of the summertime, but it’s even more enjoyable doing it on a grill you built yourself – and if you want to try, here are 19 plans we found online that will show you how to build your own DIY grill.
1. How to Build Your Own BBQ Barrel
Here’s a fantastic plan for a grill made from nothing but an old barrel and a few other inexpensive bits and pieces. First, you’ll need to cut open the barrel, and then you’ll need to make the stand. After that, it’s just a case of attaching the lid and grill and burning off the inside and you’re done. Once it’s finished, it looks highly professional – and if you want one too, the details are all there to tell you how to do it.
2. DIY Flowerpot Grill and Smoker
If you want a quick and easy way to build a grill and smoker that won’t cost you loads of cash, this one could be worth checking out. All you’ll need is a couple of large flowerpots, a grill and a few other items that are easy to come by. This is a great plan for anyone who doesn’t have lots of DIY experience since it’s easy to complete – and once you’ve done it, this will be a grill you can be proud of having made yourself.
3. How to Make a Brick Grill
Some of the plans we’ve seen for making DIY grills are ambitious projects that teach you how to build a large permanent installation. However, if all you want is something that you can just use a couple of times before removing it again, this could be the kind of plan you need. In it, this YouTuber shows us how to make a simple grill from bricks – and the chicken he cooks on it looks absolutely delicious.
4. DIY Grill with No Welding
With a lot of plans for grills, many people might be put off by the fact that they involve welding. This is not something everyone can do, so if you prefer a plan that doesn’t require welding, this could be a better option. The plan includes lots of details, giving you advice and suggestions for making something ideal for your situation and needs. A highly informative plan that’s well worth a read.
5. How to Build a Barrel BBQ and Smoker
In this 15-minute time-lapse video, we watch as this YouTuber begins turning a barrel into a barbecue and smoker. It’s fascinating to watch him at work, seeing how the grill starts taking shape, and when it’s finished, it looks amazing. From looking at it, you wouldn’t guess that it was a DIY job at all! This is the first part of a two-part series – so check out the second video too to see how it ends up.
6. How to Build a DIY Grill Station
This plan gives you a detailed overview of the various types of grill stations and the advantages and disadvantages of each type, providing you with all the information you need before you start building one of your own. It then goes on to tell you how to set about making one, making it essential reading for anyone considering building a DIY grill of their own.
7. How to Build a Brick BBQ
If you want to build a permanent grill that you’ll be able to use for many years to come, this brick version could be the ideal solution. In the tutorial, this YouTuber gives you all the information you need to replicate his grill yourself – and then goes on to demonstrate how to do it. There’s also a list of all the materials you need, so for anyone who wants to build a brick grill, this video is an invaluable resource.
8. How to Make a DIY Grill Table You’ll Love
Here’s an ambitious project for a grill table – but if you pull it off, it’s something you’ll love owning and using. We also love the way it’s portable and easy to move about, so if you have only limited space, it’s also a great option since you can wheel it away and put it in storage somewhere during the months when it isn’t being used. An excellent plan and a rewarding project for anyone who enjoys woodworking and carpentry.
9. How to Build a Brick Barbecue
Brick barbecues are perfect for the summer months when you might find yourself grilling at least once a week or possibly even more. If you are looking for ideas about how to build one, this short video gives you a simple tutorial that will show you how to set about it. This is a simple plan that most people will be able to copy, leaving you with a grill you can use as often as you like.
10. DIY Grill for Your Family Get-Togethers
If you want to build a permanent brick grill, you might want to check out a few plans to give you an idea of the kind of possibilities there are. If that makes sense to you, here’s another detailed plan that will give you all the details you need. For example, this grill gives you advice about things like choosing the location of your grill – which is obviously important since you won’t be able to change your mind once you’ve started work!
11. DIY Outdoor Kitchen with Built-in Grill Station
This plan doesn’t teach you how to build a grill from scratch – rather, it shows you how to take an old grilling station and incorporate it into a complete outdoor kitchen. It’s a large project to attempt and will require quite a bit of work, but the results will be worth it – so if you’re willing to put in the time and effort, this video should be of interest.
12. How to make Your Own DIY Charcoal Grill
As this blog explains, there are many advantages to building a brick grill compared to buying a steel one from a store. They’re also not that difficult to build as long as you have a few basic DIY skills and a good plan to follow – and this one provides all the info you need to make a success of the project.
13. Outdoor Kitchen with Built-In Grill
This is perhaps the most impressive of all the plans for grills we’ve seen – but maybe that’s because this plan is for something way more than just a simple grill. In fact, what we see here is the construction of a whole outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill – it might be beyond the abilities of most home DIYers, but it’s still worth a look to give you an idea of the kind of thing that’s possible.
14. How to Build an Easy DIY Grill
For grilling outside, you don’t need to spend lots of money buying a barbecue from a store, and nor do you need to invest lots of time and effort into building a DIY one. Instead, you can make a functional grill with nothing more than just a few bricks – and when it’s done, the food you cook on it will still taste just as delicious. Sound like something you want to try? Then this is the plan that has the info you need.
15. Homemade Food Smoker and Barbecue
Some people might not enjoy reading complicated and detailed plans about how to complete DIY projects – sometimes it’s just better to watch someone doing it and then jump in and have a go yourself. If that’s the kind of DIYer you are, this is a plan made for you. It consists mainly of a workman showing how he built a homemade smoker and barbecue, and if you like what’s he’s done, you can try building one yourself too.
16. How We DIYed our Built-In Grill
When you open this blog, the first thing you see is the photo of an amazing outdoor kitchen with a built-in grill. And then when you realize it was a DIY job, you might start thinking about making one yourself – and if you do, this plan has also the details you’ll need to get started.
17. Building a DIY Smoker and Grill
We love DIY plans that put to good use old stuff that many people will have lying around at home or in the yard. That’s what this video does as this YouTuber shows us how to create a solid, functional grill from nothing but some old cinderblocks. So if you have some lying around too and want to turn them into a grill, check out the video to see how.
18. My Homemade Barbecue Grill and How to Build It
As this blogger points out, homemade grills can be made in so many ways, and many of them will cost you very little to build. In this plan, we learn how to make one from a few bricks and a cake cooling tray. It’s a great design and one that we’re sure lots of people will want to copy. Check it out to see what we mean.
19. DIY Barbecue Grill BBQ Build with Car Jack
It’s always fun to read or watch DIY plans for building things in original or unusual ways, and if you agree, this is one you need to see. In it, these DIYers build a grill using a car jack. Intrigued? Then watch the video to see how it goes.
Loads of ways to make a DIY grill
As you can see, there are many ways to build a DIY grill, from quick and easy methods to more ambitious and impressive techniques.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading and watching these plans as much as we did finding them for you, and above all, we hope we’ve helped you find the plan you needed to build a DIY grill of your own.