Do you have a big backyard?
Do you do a lot of grilling and cooking in your outdoor space?
Would you like a more comfortable place to get this accomplished?
If so, this article is here to help. Below, we’ll walk you through all the steps you need to do in order to build a great shelter for your backyard barbecue grill. No matter what size grill you have, you can adjust this guide to the perfect size to give you a shady place to grill at all times.
There are several reasons why you might want to build your own bbq shelter in your backyard:
There are a lot of other reasons why you might want to install a grill shelter, of course, so take your time and consider what it is you want out of your shelter before you get started. And don’t forget to get some help from another adult to complete his project, too!
Let’s get started!
Depending on the type of shelter you want to build, you may need to stock up on different materials. However, the list below should help you get started on your hardware shopping. Remember to measure the grill you have and adjust the measurements of your shelter as needed to fit the space you want to work with.
- 1Lay out the position and location for the posts using string. Be sure to double check your measurements and ensure everything is equal.
- 2Cut four of your 4x4 posts to 68-1/2” height.
- 3Cut the top of your 4x4 posts at 75 degrees and smooth the edges with sandpaper.
- 4Use a post hole digger to dig holes for the four posts and then set four tube forms inside. Fill these forms with instant concrete.
- 5Install the post anchors into the concrete and let sit until secured.
- 6Drill pilot holes into the concrete and insert carriage bolts.
- 7Cut your four 2x4 pieces of lumber so that the edges are at 75 degrees.
- 8Fit these four rafter beams to the top of the shelter and drill pilot holes into them. Attach them to the poles using 2-1/2” screws.
- 9Cut a fifth rafter and fit it to the middle of the top of the shelter using the same steps you used for the previous four rafters.
- 10Use a circular saw to cut your plywood into two pieces of 24-3/4”x60” each.
- 11Every 8 inches or so along the rafters, drill 1-5/8” screws into place to hold the plywood securely.
- 12Cut your 1x6 lumber at 75 degrees on both ends and fit into place to serve as the trim for the rafters. Attach with nails.
- 13Use a staple gun to secure tar paper to the roof of the shelter.
- 14Starting from the bottom and working your way up the roof, lay down asphalt shingles.
- 15Cut your remaining 2x4 pieces of lumber to serve as support beams on three of the four sides of the shelter. Trim them at 75 degrees on both ends and fit them to the posts with pilot holes and screws.
- 16Cut 36” strips of your remaining 1x6 lumber pieces to serve as the vertical rails on the sides of your shelter. Screw them into place on both short sides of the grill shelter.
- 17Cut top rails at 41” from your remaining 2x4 lumber and nail them into place on top of the short sides of the shelter.
- 18Sand everything with fine-grit sandpaper and fill your screw and nail holes with wood putty.
- 19Stain or paint the shelter.
- 20Place your grill inside and enjoy!
Now that you’ve learned how to build a simple grill shelter, you may be interested in trying more complicated methods of construction, too. This is a very basic walkthrough, but there are tons of other great possibilities out there, and you may want to take some time perusing your options when it comes to material types and styles, too. Don’t be afraid to try other building methods if you’re interested in them, but remember that laying brickwork or masonry is going to require a different skill set than woodworking does, so you’ll want to be sure you feel comfortable working with the right types of materials and tools to get the job done safely.
With that said, keep in mind that there are some materials you should never use when building your grill shelter, and there are some safety tips you should keep in mind, too:
And don’t forget to keep a fire extinguisher close by, too! With the right safety tips in mind, you’ll be able to build and enjoy a beautiful backyard bbq shelter in no time.