Building a Grill Surround
Grill Surround Building Steps
A common element to a backyard patio is a Grill Island, or an Outdoor Kitchen. A Grill Surround is a way you can achieve the look and ambiance using a cart-style grill. Did you view our selection of wall block to choose the style & color of your grill surround?
Measure existing elements.
Measure your cart-style grill.
Dimensions needed, but not limited to:
- depth with lid open
- depth with lid closed
- height to the cooking surface
- overall height.
Other items that may affect the opening dimensions of the grill surround:
- side shelves
- gas supply
Plan the size & shape.
Plan the opening width, & opening depth of the grill surround based on the above factors. Height can be determined by actual grill dimensions, personal preference, or function. Helpful stats: typical counter height= 36″, typical bar height= 42″.
Prepare a sturdy base.
Establish a foundation, or base pad, to support the structure. The purpose is to prevent any tipping, or settlement of the surround and doubles as a level surface for your grill. Your design may consist of a combination of pillars & seat walls; if so, verify the guidelines of those elements.
Begin setting the blocks.
Begin setting your first layer. Ensure all blocks are leveled from side-to-side and front-to-back. Offset all vertical joints with a block cut in half. When using “keyless” units, it is a best practice to “tie in” around corners and use an adhesive.
Placing the cap row.
Once the desired height is achieved, place your final row of blocks. Fullnose coping units, pillar caps, or a custom granite/stone countertop can be used. After dry-fitting the top & final row, glue all pieces using our concrete adhesive.
Choose a brick sealer.
(Optional) Consider using a paver sealer on your Grill Surround Coping Units. Food prep is messy! Grease and stains can be left behind – avoid the frustration. Cleaners & Sealers