Adding an enclosure to your grill can give visitors the illusion that you have a custom-built outdoor kitchen. The enclosure can also provide protection for your grill from the elements during the ever-changing four seasons. Building a brick-stack grill enclosure around your grill will allow you to provide year-round grill protection and a stylish outdoor landscape piece.
Find a level surface upon which to build the base for the enclosure. Use a leveler for any ground surface you may use.
Create a level concrete pad on top of the surface that will serve as the grill's primary surface. Pour a concrete pad with a thickness of 1/2 inch to 1 inch measuring 48 by 39 inches. Allow the concrete to dry and cure overnight.
Begin to lay the bricks by starting at one corner, holding the brick horizontally, and placing it into a thin layer of cement administered by the cement laying tool. Continue to lay the bricks in the same fashion, first creating a brick layer on the bottom of the level surface and allowing it to set and dry over the course of a couple of hours.
Place your grill onto the brick surface and begin to construct a brick wall around the grill, ensuring that the fit will not be too tight and that you will still be able to easily pull the grill in and out of the enclosure when it comes time to repair it or change the propane tank, if there is one. Allow each layer of bricks to set before applying additional layers.
Choose a location for your ceramic grill, preferably on a nonflammable surface such as concrete or gravel.
Place the saucer on the ground and place one of the large terracotta pots on top of the saucer. Add about an inch of dirt to the bottom of the ceramic pot for insulation to ensure that the base of the pot doesn't get too hot during the cooking process.
Line the bottom of the terracotta pot with aluminum foil, putting it on top of the dirt.
Add ready-light charcoal to the terracotta pot; approximately eight to 10 pieces of charcoal will do.
Place the grill grate on top of the pot. In order for the grate to rest securely on top of the ceramic flower pot, it should be a little bit larger. Light the charcoal with a match and allow it to burn uncovered for 20 minutes.
Arrange the food on top of the cooking grate. Do not add the food until the coals are red hot and a grayish color. It's best to wait until the flame has burned down so that the food will not burn.
Cover the grill with the other terracotta pot, with the drainage hole on the top. The drainage hole will act as the air vent of the grill. Grill the food until cooked through, or to your liking.
Decide where to locate your barbecue island. Choose a place free from overhanging tree branches, to assure safe grilling. Also be certain there is at least 6 feet around the circumference of the area free of trees, shrubs, flowers and structures.
Measure the outside dimensions of your barbecue. Using these measurements, plot how large you'd like your barbecue island onto graph paper, using 2-by-3 graph blocks -- or four square -- per square foot. Determine the number of 16-inch-by-16-inch patio blocks you'll need for the space you've planned by grouping the graph blocks into 3-by-3 blocks -- or nine square -- and then counting them. This is the number of 16-inch-by-16-inch patio blocks you'll need for the space.
Lay the patio blocks onto the grass area where you wish the island to be. The blocks have teeth that grab into the grass or dirt. Begin in a corner and work in sections. Place each patio block tightly up next to the each successive block. Tap each block with a rubber mallet until it grabs into the grass or dirt.
Place the tire rim at the location you intend to make the permanent home of your charcoal grill. Lay it flat on the ground.
Trace the tire rim with your can of spray paint. You're creating a marker on the grass, in order to dig a wide enough circumference. Wait until the paint is dry.
Using the painted circumference as a guide, use your shovel to dig approximately six inches down into the soil.
Place your tire rim into the ground. Ideally, it should be minimum of eight inches above the ground.
Pack the sides with dirt to ensure that it's in the ground securely. Use your garden hose to wet the soil, then use the flat side of your shovel to pack the dirt again.
Surround the exterior of your grill with gravel or landscaping rocks. The circumference should be about 4 to 6 inches wide.
Place charcoal into your grill. Put grill rack on top. You're ready to grill your first meal!