Reader Project: Grilling Shelter

When Al Gingrow saw the “Grill Gazebo plans” in The Family Handyman May 2016 issue, he knew he had to build this project in his backyard.  “I am looking forward to many years of fun and memories.” – Al

When Al Gingrow saw the Grill Gazebo plans in the Family Handyman May 2016 issue, he knew he had to build this grilling shelter project in his backyard. “We have had several pool parties and the bottom line is—The Grillzebo is a hit! Everyone loves the setup of the Grillzebo and it’s comforts, especially the delicious grilled food prepared in front of them. I am looking forward to many years of fun and memories.” — Al

Al Gingrow grillzeboPhoto courtesy of Al Gingrow

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A few changes were made in order for the grill gazebo to fit into Al’s backyard. He decided to use pavers, rather than pour a large concrete slab. To support the posts, he dug four holes 40 inches deep, inserted concrete tubes, filled them with concrete, then secured each post to the concrete with bolts.

Once the grill shelter project began, he realized that he needed more seating. So Al decided to wrap the bar around the back side of the gazebo. This allowed for nine people to sit comfortably and have better conversations.

To cut costs, Al used pressure-treated wood instead of cedar. After the wood has cured, he plans on staining it. He also used Trex for the top of the bar and the footrest. A few other additions to the plans include:  electricity, oscillating overhead fan, flat screen TV and surround system, TV antenna, overhead multi-colored lights, hooks for pocket books and purses. Finally, he added a swivel bar stool next to the grill. That way he can grill sitting down, then spin around and talk to his friends and family.

Al Gingrow GrillzeboPhoto courtesy of: Al Gingrow

Al Gingrow GrillzeboPhoto courtesy of: Al Gingrow