So I built a grill...

Discussion in 'Free Zone' started by BonsaiNut, Oct 12, 2015.

  1. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    I love grilling. For 15 years I lived in our house with a crappy grill. The time finally came for us to replace the decking around our pool, so I had them demo out the old small brick grill, and stub off utilities where I was going to build my new grill.

    First... a little work in Sketchup to plan all my framing and the dimensions of the finished product:

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    The utilities included gas, electrical, water, and drain:

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    Metal framing to avoid rot and insect damage:

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    Framing complete. My wife wanted the curved front which complicated things tremendously, but ultimately looks awesome:

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    Cement board:

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    Stucco and tile work:

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    Hrm. Well I decided I wanted to go with REAL STONE on the front and sides to match the stone in our pool. This was a BIG JOB... probably 40 man hours of just stone work.

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    Install bar countertop. Can't see it in the photo, but I have LED strip lighting under the bar on both sides:

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    Install appliances, and Voila! Finis! Just needed to buy four bar stools. I also have a large cutting board that fits over the burner to the right of the grill. I wanted a big burner to boil seafood or fry turkeys.

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  2. MCB2K

    MCB2K Well-Known Member

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    Castle Rock, CO
    Name:
    Brian Kiggins
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    Santa Cruz Tallboy LTc
    Fantastic work!
     
  3. OTHRider

    OTHRider Member

    Name:
    Duke
    Current Bike:
    '14 Giant TCX SLR2 Cross Bike
    Excellent idea with the umbrella post hole!
     
  4. GregMiester

    GregMiester Member

    Location:
    La Verne
    Name:
    Greg
    Current Bike:
    2014 Giant XTC Advanced 2
    Muy Bueno!:thumbsup:
     
  5. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    Originally I was going to build a shade cover, but my wife thought it looked too heavy. Nice thing about the umbrella is that it's really easy to replace, and I can string up party lights to give some soft general lighting all around the grill/bar area.

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  6. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    My wife will never be allowed to see those pictures. I can't ante up to that :bang::)
     
  7. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    Do it yourself and you save a ton. The whole island (without the appliances or the stainless inserts) cost me a total of $3K - and that's only because I used real stone on the front and expensive stone tile.
     
  8. pperrelle

    pperrelle Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Carlsbad
    Name:
    Paul
    Current Bike:
    Ibis Ripmo, Ripley & Tranny
    Nice work! So when are we all invited over for the IMTB pool party & BBQ???
     
  9. Daddy Dirtbag

    Daddy Dirtbag Member

    Location:
    Castaic
    Name:
    Jeff Johansen
    Current Bike:
    2016 Trek Stache 9 29+
    Seriously nice design and workmanship. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  10. Varaxis

    Varaxis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Perris
    Name:
    Dan Vu
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5c ('16 Yellow v1)
    Stainless steel or aluminized sheet steel?
     
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  11. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    I think it is just galvanized.
     
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  12. Varaxis

    Varaxis Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Perris
    Name:
    Dan Vu
    Current Bike:
    Yeti SB5c ('16 Yellow v1)
    I mean for the grill and sink fixtures, not the framing. Looks stainless, but I heard aluminized is less expensive, yet stronger. Wondering if it's the new school choice yet, being interested in materials and all, yet not seeing them gain popularity until decades after their introduction.
     
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  13. Rob S.

    Rob S. Member

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    La Habra, CA
    Name:
    Rob Skinner
    Very nice!
     
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  14. Mikie

    Mikie Admin/iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Lebec, California
    Name:
    Mikie Watson
    Current Bike:
    Yeti ASR5c, SC Hightower
    :thumbsup:As a General Contractor of many years, that is a great job well done!
    Great Idea as well in choosing to frame with metal studs. Makes totally good sense.
    Great craftsmanship.

    I like my steaks medium rare thank you!
     
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  15. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    Stainless appliances. The grill and power burner are name-brand, but the rest of the stainless are made independently by a company in Arizona. I really like their insulated cooler - deep enough to stand beer bottles in upright, with a drain so when I am done entertaining I just pull the plug and the ice melts and drains away....

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    Thanks! I have a sear burner on the grill, so I always sear nice 45 degree grill marks on my steaks, and then finish them over the general burners turned low. Prime New York Strip steaks from CostCo... medium rare... mmmmmmmmm.....
     
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  16. mike

    mike iMTB Addict

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    Mike O
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    Bad ass!! Radius wall FTW, keep that wife.
     
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  17. ridinrox

    ridinrox Well-Known Member

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    Murrieta
    Name:
    Roxanne
    Current Bike:
    '16 Giant Trance Advance
    Just WOW!!
     
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  18. jaime

    jaime Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Corona, ca
    Name:
    jaime
    Current Bike:
    '15 Giant reign advanced 1
    What she said ^^^
     
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  19. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    And it looks awesome. Professional quality through and through, and I'm with everyone else asking when the breaking-in party is going to happen. :laugh:

    That's part of the problem. Although I have the technical ability, I just don't have the time to build it. Since I would have to build it on weekends, I wouldn't be able to ride my bike for a few months. That would suck.

    Besides, though I do love grilling, I just don't do it that often. The science has come down against it; I'm old enough that I don't want to be probed every five years (rather stretch it to ten); and I'm becoming more and more willing to pay someone else for the grunt work.

    I get - 100% - the satisfaction that comes from doing it yourself. I redid both my front and rear yards, a bathroom, and my kitchen. It was a lot of work, and I was much younger and much more gung-ho (read: tightwad) for that stuff then. :gag:

    I am in awe of your workmanship and ability. :thumbsup: I just don't have that in me anymore.
     
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  20. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    You have to love working with your hands, or I wouldn't recommend it. That said, nothing in this project was physically taxing. That's where I draw the line today. Years ago I dug out a 5' deep koi pond, carried all the materials, mixed all the concrete with a drum mixer, poured the slab, built the walls... and when I was done I said "well I'm glad I can scratch THAT off my bucket list!" Never again :)
     
  21. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    This, by the way, was the official IMTBTRAILS pool party grill :) If you were there, you got to see it first hand :)
     
  22. mtnbikej

    mtnbikej J-Zilla

    Location:
    Orange
    Name:
    J
    Current Bike:
    SC Chameleon SS
    I forgot about this thread......very nice work.
     
  23. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    I built a grill too! Assembled this sucker in under three days!

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  24. Grego

    Grego Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Fullerton
    Name:
    joe
    Current Bike:
    WFO9
    Party at Herzalot's house!
     
  25. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
    You can each have a hot dog!
     
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  26. Runs with Scissors

    Runs with Scissors iMTB Hooligan

    Location:
    West Anaheim
    Name:
    Mark Whitaker
    Current Bike:
    2015 Giant XTC Advanced 1 29er
    Stylin':cool::thumbsup:
     
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  27. herzalot

    herzalot iMTB Hooligan

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    Laguna Beach
    Name:
    Chris
    Current Bike:
    '15 Intense Tracer 275c DVOish
  28. bvader

    bvader Well-Known Member

    Location:
    HB
    Name:
    Stephen
    I know this is a resurrection thread but @BonsaiNut you are a good among men
    ... The building BBQ kinda way....
     
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  29. BonsaiNut

    BonsaiNut Well-Known Member

    Location:
    Laguna Hills
    Name:
    Greg P
    Current Bike:
    Custom XTR 29er
    I have a requiring wife who allows me to indulge myself... as long as I build it myself :)
     
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  30. UPSed

    UPSed iMTB Addict

    Location:
    Simi Valley
    Name:
    Edward Bottorff
    Current Bike:
    Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus
    Rookie. I had them assemble ours free of charge.
     
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