6 in. They don't need to be mortared together unless you are planning on creating a permanent cooking feature in your back yard. He is a master of fire control, and if yours burn, they could ruin the hog. - I wanted my pit to look nice and uniform and not have any rough edges. If there’s ever a time to go whole hog—in every sense—it’s Uncle Sam’s birthday. This will make it easily removed after the pig is cooked, but secure enough to hold the pig in place as it is flipped during the cook. I, then, sketched out my idea to try to get a visual idea of how I wanted it to look and also to plan for a materials list. Having two sheets is beneficial when you want to check on, or tend to, your food without moving a larger sheet and losing too much heat. On top of the patio blocks is one more row of cinder block laid continuously, keeping in mind your corner sashes, and a final row of patio block. However, I did have a method for my madness. By rotating, shifting, removing, or sealing we can now regulate the amount of oxygen that will feed the fuel source. A second piece is cut slightly wider, allowing for the ends to meet while bowing over the height of the pig. This will allow the next layer of blocks to sit level and not wobble or create gaps for heat to escape. And then you have no lid. I'm sure you are looking for something nicer. Be sure each block is level and that each row of blocks are level (a good level and a square will help a lot). The reason you will see this mentioned so often when researching other sites for pig roasting is the cost/availability of galvanized metals makes them attractive to this type of project. This will prevent any paint from cooking off into your pig on the inside of the pit, and keep it looking nice on the outside. Also, I would not recommend putting this on your asphalt, or concrete driveway. - Although these are not necessary for you to build your pit I wanted to accent it with a different color. LID: 4 x 8' sheet of 1/4\" plywood, cut down to about 44 x 60\" for the lid. Thanks for Watching 7. We used a combination of cinder blocks and regular, recycled bricks for our outdoor maple syrup fire pit last winter, and a few bricks popped apart with a loud noise and incredibly minor shooting out of debris. A sheet that large will cost about $200 but it might be worth it as it won't rust like the other expanded metal sheets. 1. If you have that skill set, equipment, or a friend that can, this thing will last a life time! Alright, calm down! Now there are only two things left to do. Cooking Whole Hog on a Cinder Block Pit Here is an easy way to cook whole hogs from 50 to 150lbs. ~ Materials My favorite part of every project, the build! ~ Lessons Learned. I have always wanted to try barbecuing food in a block pit smoker. I was barbecuing and going to be using the low and slow ideology. These will offer the heat resistance needed at a reasonable cost, as well as being very easy to work with. However, as you will notice in the previous pictures you need to place your angle iron support in place for your grate. By purchasing a singe 4' x 8' piece of expanded metal grating I could have a cooking surface that would be large enough for a pig, without having to pay the extra cost to have multiple smaller sheets, or have the larger sheet cut down. In addition, your concrete drive could explode. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. - The corrugated metal roofing is used to cover the pit while cooking. You can build it to the size that suits the pig and control the heat to ensure even cooking by adding embers or moving them around. Look for a metal supply wholesaler in your area that will sell to the public. Next, lay your second row using full size block and using the sash units at your corners. When adding the second level, offset each block by 1/2 creating a staggered effect. The design I came up with will allow me to flip during the cook without lifting the pig off of the base, but it does requires some welding. If you have a surface that is not very maneuverable but not level, you could place a layer of sand down first. So I decided to build my own cinder block barbecue pit. x 8 in. x 8 in. Most stores that carry this are going to have galvanized roofing. - These are the building blocks, literally, of your pit. Jeremy grinding off the sharp edges on the angle iron while Ken supervises. ( Log Out / 1. Some people will flip the pig itself during the cook. It is 4 pieces of angle iron cut to size (leaving a 2 inch gap between the blocks and the frame on all 4 sides to get hands in and pick it up). This dimension is only achieved after placing the mortar between the blocks. Of course you could always have it cut down if you like. Ken working his magic to make the angle iron’s fit between the blocks. Add some charcoal and put your pit to work. At the ready have a grate of... 2. Now place your grate on top. A sheet of plywood laying around will do the trick. I found a supplier that sold this for $80 per sheet for 9 gauge. Insert 25" long, 3/8" rebar. We are finally at the good stuff. This can be used as a cooking surface. What can I say, I was a fan of Lego’s when I was a kid. I dry stacked my blocks on a level surface. Also remember, there are an infinite number of ways one could design a pit. x 16 in. Complete the 2nd layer; if you made the first one level, the rest should follow. These will offer the heat resistance needed at a … They burn the same way, with the same heat, and the same flavor every time. Numbering them 1-70 or 1-7 for each layer should do the trick. Equally space supports (I am using 3 angle irons) and mark the blocks. Second, I was going to be cooking with indirect heat and did not need a super hot flame. - This is going to be used as your block supports to create your openings for your charcoal. When I decided to start my adventure in barbecue, and wanted to roast a pig, I needed a cooking surface large enough to do so. If you purchased a larger sheet you can cut it with metal shears, or bend it to stand in place. How to Build a Cinder Block BBQ Pig Pit. I scoured the Internet looking for the perfect solution, but didn't find what I was looking for. For added flavor, a well seasoned apple wood will do the trick! Solid Concrete Block The 16 in. Not much work is needed for the lid. The cinderblocks on mine are 15 1/2" long and about 7 1/2" wide. Dig a hole in the ground. However, I took a couple things into consideration for myself. A mason blade in a circular saw will save a lot of time and effort when cutting slots for the cross supports. First place the metal roofing sheets on the top in such a way that one will overlap the other. For More About Cooking WHole Hog and Other Barbecue. This is a fully functional and easy to operate smoker capable of producing smoked meats. In this pit, we used angle iron as the support for the pig as well as the frame for the stretcher. Change ). Dec 31, 2013 - How to build a barbecue pit for cooking a whole hog from concrete block (cinder block), including illustrated plans with dimensions and various designs These fumes can cause Metal Fume Fever, or Zinc Poisoning. Learn the steps that go into a whole hog cook from beginning to end. For the primary structure, I used “standard” cinder blocks (8″x8″x16″). It is critical that you do NOT use galvanized metal. A view of the angle iron’s resting between each layer. The 5th block should be turned at a 90 degree angle and then add 2 more blocks end to end. Second, having two opening on opposite ends will help with your temperature as you can now control air flow. Gray Concrete Block Concrete masonry provides a cost effective Concrete masonry provides a cost effective answer to a variety of essential building needs including structure, fire separation, architectural finish, sound control, and low maintenance. You will notice that the grate will extend past the blocks on each end length-wise about 1" to 1 1/2". These are going to be placed above your opening, on top of the grate, at the front and backside of the block below, at each end, looking like two upright "L's" facing each other. I’m pretty sure it could hold the weight of 10 pigs. This could also be used as a support for a heat shield if needed, although unlikely (a board or sheet of metal between the pig and the heat source to prevent burning). Although the build went very smoothly, there were a few lessons learned: 1. This is a materials list for the pit I built. ( Log Out / This step is optional. Many people might think that making cinder blocks require hard labor, but the production of cinder blocks is easier than one may think. The pit needs a few basic components; primary structure, support for the pig, airflow / temperature control, and a heat source. If you have a circular saw with a mason blade, it will work wonders and finish the job in seconds. Grab 14 cinder blocks and assemble them in a 80" x 48" (that's five cinder blocks long, two cinder blocks wide) rectangle and place the 2x4 stakes at the inside corners. If you are placing it on a grass surface I would recommend cutting out the sod first. As mentioned earlier you could use 13 gauge priced at $40. fuel can be added or removed; allowing the temperature to remain more consistent. We also had a cinder block crack. The lower the gauge you purchase the thicker and stronger the material is going to be. Building the pit in advance is a great idea to mock up the fabrication of your support materials. In many cases the heart of the brick barbecue is provided by a standard, pre-built gas or charcoal barbecue insert that has been incorporated into the brick structure. This will ensure you will have all the slotted blocks in the correct location next time. Once the grate is down you are going to need to cut four more supports about 6" larger than the openings at each end. One of the areas I found lacking in many other pit designs found on the web was the ability to control two things; airflow, as well as the ability to add additional fuel when needed. In the pit, burn a large hardwood fire down to coals. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Therefore, I came up with my own design that incorporated the overall concepts of a proper barbecue pit, and added some of my own finishing touches, I would like to share with you, and how to build it. If your cinder block fire pit is on a grassy surface, consider removing four to six inches of soil and setting the first course of cinder blocks below ground. Start laying your block and create one continuous row including where your openings will be. without an expensive cooker. The project was stopped here until we acquired the steel for the cross supports. - I got my patio blocks at Home Depot for $1.00 each. There are 5 blocks in #1 level, all others require 6 blocks. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. With so many other variables to deal with on a project of this scale, adding one more just seemed unnecessary. I will break it down into a few sections: ~ Design Theory The pit itself needs to be about 15 feet square (3 feet by 5 feet). They are welded together making a rectangular frame. After laying the first three rows you are going to be ready to place your grate on top. DIY Fire Pit. My final barbecue pit size ended up being about 5' x 8' outside dimensions with a cooking surface that is about 4' x 6'-8". Did I overcompensate? Simple should work just fine, as long as it will hold the weight and have small enough gaps to prevent chunks of meat from falling to the ground. is manufactured to ASTM C 90 specifications and used in foundations and above-grade masonry walls. We use 48 blocks to build a roaster four blocks high, four blocks long and two blocks wide. Choose a spot with good drainage and accessibility including access to water for cooking and cleaning. The heat will melt your asphalt and the charcoal will stain your concrete drive. If you decide to do this it will be easier to do before stacking too many blocks. Burning grass will not produce a good smoke flavor you want in your food. It should look similar to the pictures below. SIDES: 54 concrete blocks 16\" x 8\" x 8\" (actually 15.75 x 7.75 x 7.75\"). Just to give you an idea on size and what one will hold. Primary Structure ~ For the primary structure, I used “standard” cinder blocks (8″x8″x16″). Now you are ready to start cooking. However, when foiling the pit before the cook (more on this discussed on “The Roast” page) you will have to tear down the majority of the pit. Cinder Block - These are the building blocks, literally, of your pit. Items like chicken wire, chain link fencing, etc. If you purchased the half block corner sashes keep in mind that one will be placed on either side of the block that is in place of your future opening. Following the same physical properties of building an arch, the two block ends above the missing piece will hold with no problems. 2. First, sit down and decide how large you actually needed your pit to be. Start with level ground. This should be a fairly complete list of all the items you will most likely need (* dictates optional, but very helpful items): ~48″ Cross Braces (3-7 pieces depending on strength of materials for pit and 4 for stretcher), ~ 4′ x 8′ Sheet of plywood (thicker the better to insulate) (1), ~ Wire snips (strong enough to cut through whatever wire you are using), ~ Heavy duty aluminum foil (wholesale club stores sell this in 750 SF boxes, I used about half of it), ~ Charcoal (the quantity will vary depending on the size of your pit, pig, weather, etc. - Make sure you are on a level surface. For a square fire pit, place the cinder blocks side by side instead. You just needs … They worked perfect and are cheaper than buying pieces of real angle iron. About every 3 feet, turn one of the blocks at a slight angle to make an opening for air to get into the pit. Same with most everything in this guide, there are many different options when choosing a source of fuel. x 4 in Concrete Block 33 lb. The top is not welded; instead it will be secured using bailing wire wrapped through the expanded metal and then around the angle iron frame. Now I have gotten that out of the way, I can explain a little further. Most of this material can be purchased at either Home Depot or, - Home Depot sells these blocks for $1.00 a piece and the 8” x 8” x 16” corner sash pieces. A more cost-effective choice in normal circumstances would be rebar, but be creative and use what you have available. that can be tossed in near the end of the cook. Repeat the same process as level 3, but this time it is not optional. The stretcher also uses expanded metal. If you have any questions about how to build a BBQ pit please feel free to contact me at CaughtSmokinBBQ@gmail.com. One thing that is important to mention here, is the selection of metal. They don't need to be mortared together unless you want to create a permanent cooking feature in your back yard. This is because you purchased a full 8 foot long sheet and the six blocks you laid isn’t 8 feet long because your cinder blocks aren't really 16" wide. How are cinder blocks made? If you are using rebar, be sure it is a heavy enough gauge to prevent sway or drooping; my best guess would be 1/2 inch or larger. can get the job done. Pick a spot for your barbecue pit. Several years ago, my son-in-law, Thomas Larriviere and I built this cinder-block pit in my backyard so that we could host the whole-hog cooking demonstrations for. Remember this will need to support the weight of the pig as well as the stretcher. I purchased 8" x 8" x 8" half blocks, or half sash, to accommodate my design. The stretcher is just a fancy way to say, “something that will allow you to hold the pig over the heat source”.Â Fabricating the stretcher can be the most complicated part of the whole project, but it does not have to be. Cost about $10. Gather all your materials. Add crushed rock as well as sand for drainage as well as well as to supply a degree base. Mark off the area: at least 70 by 33 inches, using stakes and string making sure the lines are straight and even. I think the best option for this is to use spray paint on the block end where it meets another block end. It takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes to build your pit, depending on how many breaks you take to get another beer. I happened to have a couple pieces of 8 foot long garage door support beams that I cut up and used for my support pieces. 2. You will definitely want some help with this, so be sure to find who in your group of friends likes to get their hands dirty. I purchased 8" x 16" red patio blocks to add some color and to give a little extra height between the pig and the cover, once again to create room for smoke circulation. Using a staggered block pattern the pit can maintain structural integrity at the same time giving it the ability to have a block from each corner of the 1st (ground) layer. That first piece of smokey pork tearing between your teeth tastes so much better knowing you earned it. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. These will be placed to look like an upside down "L" with the down part fitting between the sides of your cinder block. After planning approximately how large you want your pit, decide how far off the ground you want your cooking surface. Just construct some type of frame and basket that will allow you to pick the pig up and out of the pit after it is done cooking. You don't have to place a block at your planned opening. Stack the remaining blocks to create the 5th level. Your pit will not get hot enough for this to happen. Don't forget to add a project for a chimney. However, if you purchased the patio blocks this is where the first row is laid continuously all the way around. A brick barbecue will enhance any outdoor patio or family gathering area. As an afterthought, I decided to put 1/4 yard of crushed limestone in the bottom of my pit. If you are placing your pit on a grass surface this could prove functional as you wouldn’t have to take out your sod first. - You can build a pit as large as this one for under $250, and after doing so you will be the envy of your friends. 4 in. I have seen several examples of re-bar being crisscrossed together and held in place with bailing wire. 1. If not, an angle grinder, chisel and hammer, etc. x 4 in Concrete Block The 16 in. Briquettes may not be as fancy as lump charcoal or burning down whole logs to embers, but they are consistent. You would not want to cook on galvanized material as it can release toxins into your food. After all rows of cinder blocks are in place, add a three- to four-inch layer of … You should have an L shape with 4 blocks in 1 direction and 3 blocks running perpendicular at a 90 degree angle. I dry stacked my blocks on a level surface. Step 1 - Location of the Concrete Cinder Block BBQ. Flipping the whole stretcher is not a requirement. Place 4 blocks end to end with the openings facing up and down. Galvanized metal has a zinc coating and when heated, the zinc can create toxic fumes. When the cook is done, you can re-purpose it as a table top for the pig to be served on. Surprisingly Easy! A simple square shaped fire pit placed in your backyard is easy to make. However, 13 gauge is half the price and will work just as well, as you are going to need supports underneath the grate anyway, for a cooking surface as large as mine. If you decide to add wood for smoking, I suggest staying away from harsher woods like mesquite or hickory as this will make it very easy to over smoke. The pit needs a few basic components; primary structure, support for the pig, airflow / temperature control, and a heat source. 3. Some people may say that is too far off the ground, and will only put theirs 12”-16" off the ground. ( Log Out / Cinder Block - These are the building blocks, literally, of your pit. Rake about 4 inches of coals on each end of the... 3. The method to my madness, as stated earlier, was based upon building my pit around my cooking surface. First, you need heat on each end to create a cooking surface with evenly distributed heat. This serves a two-fold purpose. My block pit isn't fancy...just blocks and a grate. The first block laid is simply a guide and will/can be removed. Raúl Musibay: We build a "pig roaster" with standard, 8x8x16-inch (or 16x12x8-inch) concrete blocks, the kind you can pick up for about $1.79 at your local Home Depot. When you come to the missing block you will need to slide 2 blocks together end to end and allow gravity and friction to hold them together. You’re going to have to stick around as I will explain that in a later posting. Half Blocks - I wanted my pit to look nice and uniform and not have any rough edges. However, if you plan on keeping your pit around for a while, try to find a place that has stainless steel grating. Line it with a steel ring to aid have the flames and focus the warmth. Get yourself a bucket of paint, a brush, and an open and creative mind. You will need a hand tamp, a shovel, cinder blocks, measuring tape, gravel, dry mortar, water, a trowel, a leveler, a carpenter's square, metal braces, a grill top and plenty of bricks. 6. I keep the heat at both ends for pigs and for indirect cooking. I built this bbq pit in my backyard using cinder blocks and expanded metal. Very simply! This can be a bit expensive, but if you shop around and avoid the big box hardware stores you can find decent prices. Adjust your list based upon the size you are planning to build. Babysit the Pig But we put a significant amount of thought into it and I believe it met our needs and surpassed our expectations. The intention of this was to provide a second cooking shelf for items like potatoes, corn, etc. Turn the next block 90 degrees and continue the pattern (each layer uses 14 blocks). I prefer a concrete-block pit. On the day of the roast, wrap it in foil and set it on top of the blocks. Across the width it will rest on your block about an inch on each side. Galvanized metals are rated to withstand heat nearing 392 degrees F. It is probably safe to say that at no time during the cook temps will get that high, but the consequences if it were to happen can be severe. This is a the final design created to scale using Google SketchUp. 3. 4. Celebrate Independence Day (and a successful hog hunt) with a backyard feast. I purchased 8" x 8" x 8" half blocks, or half sash, to accommodate my design. However, as a cover it will work perfectly fine without any danger of contaminating your food. Regardless if the cinder block is high-density or low-density, the “recipes” for both types of cinder blocks require cast concrete and an aggregate. This base layer will act as the foundation for the rest of the pit; keep it level and the finished product will be sturdy enough to stand on without an ounce of mortar. In a six floor configuration a total of 36 blocks are used for the smoker and 7 blocks for the fire pit. 2 - 8' x 30" corrugated metal roofing sheets. 9. I have always wanted to try barbecuing food in a block pit smoker. You bet I did! - This was the only material I had to do some searching around for. x 8 in. You are ready for the roast! Yes I'm serious, your driveway could explode. ~ The Pit I believe this design addresses these flaws with little to no additional effort or cost. They will also be used as supports for your cooking surface. There is something to be said about building your pit out of a few blocks and some steel. Next, you need to consider where you are going to place the openings in your pit to add coals for cooking. Week 6, The Finals: Click here for an article about how to cook whole hog and a recipe. 2. 5. ), * Charcoal chimney (the most efficient way to light charcoal, do NOT use lighter fluid, you will taste it on your pig if you’re not careful), * Weed burner (used to light the charcoal in the chimney without any paper ash to deal with). Some basic construction knowledge is necessary - building a concrete pad and laying bricks.. Cinder-block pit for cooking pig We obtained a smaller pig than our usual ones we have cooked in the past. would all be great for this application, but they are almost always galvanized as this is an inexpensive way to protect steel from rust. First, and foremost, I didn't want to have to be leaning that far over to tend to my food that was cooking.
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