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Message started by tadpole on Sep 7th, 2018 at 5:28pm

Title: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 7th, 2018 at 5:28pm
So we've got plans to build a brick and tile outdoor cooking area. Figured if I started a blog, it might get me a little more proactive while building it. Haven't really got any plans set in stone, but currently I'm hoping to have a camp oven section, a gas barbecue and then some space at the end for a smoker.
Have taken a photo of what I'm starting with, not sure how to work that verandah post just yet, as my wife wants it along the fence where the garden is. Design phase hasn't started yet, but I'm open to ideas!
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Bear on Sep 7th, 2018 at 8:28pm
Get rid of the palms first and have a blank canvas. Same as I have to do when we move in to the new place so will be watching with interest. Good luck and happy planing cheers Robert

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 7th, 2018 at 8:35pm
Yeah tomorrow morning I hope to get the plants out. Drawing up a bit of a design on the computer. I can chop it and change it as much as I like before building
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Bear on Sep 8th, 2018 at 7:10am
What program and system are you using?

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 8th, 2018 at 7:12am
That's Sketchup 2014 I think. I've used it for a couple of projects.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Sep 8th, 2018 at 8:58am
Exciting times ahead mate.

When I started on mine I had no idea other than the general layout as to how it would turn out.

Maggie originally wanted an old wood stove in ours but that didnít eventuate. 

It just kinda grew on me.

I am now contemplating trying and get a metal tray off the side of the deck to put the new Ozpig on.  Still not sure that is feasible.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 8th, 2018 at 10:08am
That's the best thing about that program, being able to edit and play around before even laying the concrete pad. Gives me a chance to get that verandah post into a position where it won't be blocking anything. I've never laid a brick in my life so the building part could be interesting

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by TBF on Sep 8th, 2018 at 5:04pm
Have fun Tadpole.
Great idea doing the blog to stay proactive.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 14th, 2018 at 12:18am
So I've ripped out the palms, and started digging down a bit....and found a pipe. Not sure where it goes as I flew back up to work today so haven't had a chance to follow it. It runs just under the surface round the back of my shed into the chook yard. Hopefully it's a functioning water pipe so I can put a tap on the end of the BBQ, or even put in a sink
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Sep 14th, 2018 at 8:26am
Good start.  Looks a nice area actually.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Gromet on Sep 14th, 2018 at 11:42am
You might be able to extend the front facia of the veranda to the fence and put a post right on the fence line  that way the post will be completly out of the way

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 14th, 2018 at 11:06pm

Gromet wrote on Sep 14th, 2018 at 11:42am:
You might be able to extend the front facia of the veranda to the fence and put a post right on the fence line† that way the post will be completly out of the way


Only issue at the moment is funds. I was pondering leaving a gap behind the barbecue large enough to do that down the track, but then I wouldn't be able to dig in the footing. Another option is to make the area L shaped, along the fence, then cut inside the pole onto the verandah/alfresco area.
I want to lay the concrete pad next week, will I need blue metal in the mix or would brickies sand be ok? I haven't worked with cement in about 15 years and I've forgotten what I used to shovel into the mixer

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 20th, 2018 at 8:22pm
First load of bricks picked up today. An old friend of mine has a bobcat and truck business so scored all these for free to save him landfill costs. Bit of work required cleaning them up, but can't complain about the price :)
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 8th, 2018 at 1:08pm
Slight redesign to bring the BBQ into the verandah. Just need to get it approved by the wifey. Haven't laid any concrete yet. Have been a bit busier than expected these last few weeks.
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Oct 8th, 2018 at 1:18pm
That looks good.

It is always a busy time after moving into a new house.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Oct 8th, 2018 at 5:59pm
Should be a good area when it is finished.

Jeff

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 8th, 2018 at 8:41pm
So finished the basic design in a couple of different styles so Stacey could choose which one she preferred. Incorporated the dreaded post in there as well to see how it would look. She isn't keen on the L shape at all,  so looks like we're going straight down the fence. If all goes well the post will be in a perfect spot to lean on while cooking on the BBQ  ;D
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Oct 9th, 2018 at 10:15am
If you wanted the BBQ wider could you cut the post off, put a flange on the bottom of it and bolt it to the top of the BBQ?

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 9th, 2018 at 3:56pm
Post is no longer an issue. Just found this retic solenoid station about an inch under the dirt I was digging out to the left of the post. Back to the drawing board....
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Oct 9th, 2018 at 4:10pm
Is that for an automatic watering system??  If so you could move it.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 9th, 2018 at 9:38pm
Yeah it's for my retic. It's got 4 solenoids in there. I have another spot I can put it which will just take up a bit of the lawn so I'll run that by the wife. There is a small garden I can move but it will make it too tight to fit a gas BBQ and a camp oven section. And the whole purpose was to get my camp ovens up off the ground onto something permanent

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Dec 5th, 2018 at 6:06pm
Back into it. Clearing a different garden bed. Hoping to get a pad laid down over the next month, then start laying bricks during a 5 week break from work I've got coming up in January
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Dec 5th, 2018 at 7:31pm
That Golden Cane or similar would take a bit of getting out I reckon. All the best with it.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Dec 6th, 2018 at 9:26am
Yeah its horrible. I have to go back to work today, so it survives another week

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Dec 31st, 2018 at 10:49pm
Got the concrete pad down this morning
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Bear on Jan 1st, 2019 at 8:41am
Great to see photos of your progress keep them coming Happy NY Robert

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Jan 1st, 2019 at 11:43am
Well it looks better than that Golden Cane.  :)

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Jan 1st, 2019 at 10:41pm

Chally wrote on Jan 1st, 2019 at 11:43am:
Well it looks better than that Golden Cane.† :)


That stuff was horrible to remove. Had a thousand roots going in every direction. Broke my brand new shovel too  :(

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Jan 2nd, 2019 at 10:27am
Stage 1 complete.  Well done mate.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Jan 20th, 2019 at 8:58am
Laid my first ever brick yesterday. Wasn't as easy as the YouTube videos made it look, but I got better as the afternoon wore on. Initially bought 5 bags of mortar, this photo was taken about halfway through my third bag. Will have to go and get more today
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Jan 20th, 2019 at 9:11am
Looking goood!!!!!

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Jan 20th, 2019 at 2:12pm
Onwards and upwards from there huh.  :)

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Jan 20th, 2019 at 3:27pm
I keep stressing about how messy I've been with my bricks, but I'll be rendering it down the track, so my messiness doesn't matter. I just won't be building a brick house anytime soon  ;D

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Jan 20th, 2019 at 3:37pm
I have never enjoyed DIY bricking myself.  When I have done it in the past that first course of bricks is always the hardest.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Jun 21st, 2019 at 1:23pm
So I've taken a bit of a break from this project for a few months as we had bills to catch up on and I was getting cranky, so wasn't doing the best job I could. Though noticed my progress pictures are well behind the eight ball, thought I'd better post where I'm at.
I've test fitted my BBQ to make sure it fits, and have started laying a bit of concrete under where I plan to start building the "airflow" section of the camp oven area. Now I've slowed down and had time to look at what I plan to do, hopefully finishing the brickwork won't take too long. Off to bunnings today or tomorrow to get the BBQ grates I'll be placing on the camp oven side and give me a measurement to work off
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Jun 21st, 2019 at 1:27pm
Under the BBQ, I placed a piece of aluminium sheet I had lying around and then did a layer of bricks on top of that. Seems to have formed up nice and solid, I was worried it would flex and crack all the mortar, but so far so good

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Jun 21st, 2019 at 5:11pm
Looks pretty good from here.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Jun 21st, 2019 at 7:58pm
You are slowly getting there Tad.  :)

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Cactus on Jun 22nd, 2019 at 6:55am
Looks alright to me.
Muzz

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by shackles on Jun 22nd, 2019 at 9:25am
It's a wonder your kids aren't pushing you along to finish it. :D
Looking real good from here mate. [smiley=thumbsup.gif]

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Jun 23rd, 2019 at 7:51pm
Finished bricking up the camp oven side today. Next weekend I'll finish bricking around the BBQ. Then it's just a matter of filling space till I can brick or concrete the top ready for the next stage
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Jun 23rd, 2019 at 7:52pm
Progress. Love it.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Jun 23rd, 2019 at 8:15pm
Lookin' good mate.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Kevvie on Jun 23rd, 2019 at 9:58pm
Well done. Gooding very good

regards Kev

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Sep 18th, 2019 at 5:55am
Jeepers, no progress photos for a while. Haven't really been getting much done lately. I have one more nightshift tomorrow (tonight), before flying home Thursday to 5 weeks off work. Goal is to get this thing finished or as close to as possible ready for the summer BBQ season

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 2nd, 2019 at 6:39pm
So I've managed to get the BBQ finished structurally. Next will be a layer of render to tidy and level everything out, before tiling the top and maybe a second coat of render on the sides if it needs it. Don't know much about either task so relying on YouTube a bit now
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Oct 2nd, 2019 at 6:51pm
Starting to take shape nicely.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by TBF on Oct 3rd, 2019 at 1:59am
Looking good tadpole.
Render is easy if you have the right tools.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 3rd, 2019 at 4:45pm
First bit of rendering is done. Need to get a couple more bags to finish off. Was a bit nervous before starting but turns out it is pretty easy once you get the right mix happening. Off to the shop now to get more render, hoping to get this part finished by tomorrow but we have a bit of rain forecast so not sure I will. Tiling over the top so didn't worry about colouring that part
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Oct 3rd, 2019 at 5:13pm
Looking good and it should look great once you finish it mate.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 4th, 2019 at 8:41am
Was a bit heavy handed with the colour, came out a bit yellow. My wife is happy with it though :)

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by TBF on Oct 4th, 2019 at 5:02pm
Looks good Tadpole.
Its a bit of an ochre colour.  (Earthy)
Looking forward to seeing it finished.
Suppose you are as well. ;D

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 6th, 2019 at 3:52pm
Just tiling now :)
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Oct 6th, 2019 at 4:51pm
Good progress; won't be long before you are cooking on it.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 8th, 2019 at 10:44am
Tiling done and grouted. Think I may put it to use soon. Want to tidy up the corners between the render and the tiles down the track as I'm not happy with that. Probably just run a bit of render up to the edges I guess
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Derek on Oct 8th, 2019 at 10:48am
Wow, looking good.  Canít wait to see a camp oven or two on it.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 8th, 2019 at 10:51am

Derek wrote on Oct 8th, 2019 at 10:48am:
Wow, looking good.† Canít wait to see a camp oven or two on it.


Shouldn't be long. Want to polish up my barbecue a bit before installing it then maybe give my ovens a season to dress them up for photos ;D

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Oct 8th, 2019 at 12:17pm
Looking good but why the different coloured tiles?

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 9th, 2019 at 6:08pm

Chally wrote on Oct 8th, 2019 at 12:17pm:
Looking good but why the different coloured tiles?


I just used tiles I had in the shed. Didn't have enough of one to cover the entire top. So we decided to put the white gloss ones at the food prep area for easy cleanup. The large tile on the back right is for my heat bead starter. Not sure how it'll hold up with that kind of heat, but I'll just replace it down the track if i have to. And the grey tiles behind the BBQ  will hopefully have a little herb garden on them soon

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Oct 9th, 2019 at 7:56pm
All good I wondered if that was the case. Not sure how the tile will handle that sort of heat; wait and see I guess.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 2:03pm
The BBQ in action. Unfortunately my heat bead starter floor tile cracked on first use doing the eggplant the other day so will explore other ideas. Open to any suggestions
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Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by TBF on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 2:57pm
Looks great Dave.
My suggestion is use an all clay type tile..
No ceramic top.
No doubt that would give you an uneven surface with the surrounding tiles.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Chally on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 3:14pm
Looks great mate. Another suggestion is perhaps just tile it again normally and place one of those whitish fire bricks or similar, that they line combustion stoves with, on top of them and you then place the heat bead chimney on that.

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by tadpole on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 5:09pm
I've seen those bricks at bunnings, I'll go and check them out when I'm in there next and have a look at their alternate tile options as well. I'm happy to leave the current tile in for now as the crack isn't too obvious and I'll just light the starter on the grill for now. But I'll need that spot for my third oven when I get that down the track

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by Kevvie on Oct 23rd, 2019 at 8:44pm
Looks good well done

regards Kev

Title: Re: DIY Outdoor Cooking Area
Post by jclures on Oct 24th, 2019 at 8:36am
Looks good, Bonnie and I are thinking of redoing our front verandah, so I hope Bonnie does not have a look at your setup. :)

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