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Here's a quick and nasty project from the last few days.
I love grilling and smoking with my Lodge Sportsmans grill and my Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker, and wanted a workstation for the deck. So for a bit of lumber and ply, and some free recycled chimney bricks off craigslist, I've now got it.
I cleaned up the bricks with a 4.5" grinder w. wire brush and built the crude but functional frame. Then I arranged the bricks in a "herringbone" pattern and filled in the gaps around the edges.
The Balinese bell fends off spirits that stop food from cooking. :-)
BTW, I highly recommend the Lodge Sportsmans grill. It costs about twenty bucks more than your typical stamped steel BBQ, but has a number of advantages:
- It's made from cast iron, and with proper care will last a century.
- Cast iron distributes heat evenly.
- The grill gets super hot (if you want it to) and makes nice "grill marks"
- The entire grill is compact enough that once cool, it can be emptied of ash (I use a shop vac) and carried into the kitchen for cleaning. The grill surface fits in a kitchen sink.
- Temperature is well controlled with a draft door.
- Charcoal can be easily added through the door flap for extended grilling sessions.
- The grill surface can be inverted to hold a cast iron griddle; now your good for bacon, eggs, and flapjacks.
You're not going to feed a banquet with this grill, but for four to six people it's great.
The only downside is the lack of a lid (for melting cheese on burgs), but I just throw on a stainless mixing bowl. No worries.