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Old 06-05-2010, 10:40 PM
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So after some talking back and forth with a buddy, I decide to build a Wood Fired Oven (42" diam.)and face it with brick and rock. Then like everything else I do, the project starts growing before I even start.

So far, I have drawn plans for the 42" diam. WFO, Concrete counter next to it, the new big ol patio slab, a small 24" high retaining/sitting wall and now I want to add a old style brick firepit/bbq.

This brick bbq pit will have a inside opening dimension that is about 48" long and 20" wide. I plan on having the back side higher with the counter top running on top that can house friends sitting on the back on bar stools (my friends do this well).

I plan on using it for both a fire pit (normal use) and as a bbq pit for parties since my wife made me buy a goofy "Vidalia" BBQ insert that actually only has flame on one side.

I plan on making the cooking surface from a stainless steel heavy wire mesh supported in a angle iron frame. I also want the cooking surface to be height adjustable with some kind of crank. And of course I already have found a 110 volt gear reduction motor (6 rev/min) to turn the spit for a pig, lamb or multiple birds.

Anyway, I have had such GREAT help on this forum regarding the design of the WFO and I have NOT been able to find much info on building a brick bbq.

Does anybody know of any good sites, so that I might learn form others?

Thanks, Eric
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Old 06-06-2010, 01:50 PM
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"stainless steel heavy wire mesh supported in a angle iron frame."

Cast iron grills might be your best bet. Sometime you can score a set for free at your local landfill from discarded gas barbecues.
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Old 06-06-2010, 02:44 PM
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Stainless steel works great indoors, but it is not really stain less outdoors, especially in a small diameter mesh. No matter how you end up building it you should line it with firebrick and add a chimney.

I can not imagine using the backside of a BBQ pit as a seating area, too much smoke and heat.
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Old 06-06-2010, 11:37 PM
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...but it is not really stain less outdoors, especially in a small diameter mesh.
I am not going to be using "small diameter mesh", it is a large gauge and wide spaced stainless mesh. I have been using stainless outside for years.


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...I can not imagine using the backside of a BBQ pit as a seating area, too much smoke and heat.
It is going to be a multi-function pit. It will have a removable, height adjustable gril/cooking surface for Q'ing during parties, which will be removed during the family and (close) friends evenings, there will also be a heavy metal cover to close off the pit if so desired.

And what I was asking was "Does anybody know of any good sites, so that I might learn form others?"

I am looking for some ideas for the cooking surface height adjuster, pit drain holes etc,

I just figured that someone might know of a good website/forums that has the same level of knowledge on brick bbq's that the FB has on WFOs.

Thanks, Eric.
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Old 06-08-2010, 09:18 AM
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And what I was asking was "Does anybody know of any good sites, so that I might learn form others?"

Eric,

Try this site:

BBQ Source Forums -> Custom Built Grills & Smokers

Good luck.

John
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Old 11-15-2010, 11:31 AM
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I have looked on this site and they helped me a lot with the many "variations" of wire mesh that might be used or needed....

Belleville Wire Cloth Co., Inc - Woven Wire Mesh | Wire Cloth | Stainless Steel Wire Mesh | Wire Cloth Strainer

Stainless Steel mesh looks like it will be absolutely my best bet if I am going for an indoor cooking venue, but I question the size of the mesh that I need.

How big is the openings that you guys usually see between your wire mesh?

Would you say it is like a 2 x 2 wire cloth or more like a 40 x 40 count? Very fine, or just fine enough so nothing falls through. Thanks for any tips on this guys, think I have the right alloy in mind, just debating the size.

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Old 11-16-2010, 05:47 PM
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I am not so sure that stainless is what you want for your grill. Cast iron seems to be the most popular.
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Old 11-17-2010, 07:40 AM
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Why not stainless? The heat factor?

I am going to call belleville wire cloth, the guys who sell it and ask them.
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