The simple and safe realization of this small millstone barbecue is a good introduction to masonry.
This stone, found outside the Paris region, has a natural appearance. And its cost is low.
In addition, this construction shows that it is possible to match a barbecue with stone country which are built many old houses.
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- Joint trowel
Realize the basis of the book
1. After casting a concrete slab of 1.20 mx 0.60 m, install a formwork consisting of planks, 150 mm high, maintained by stakes firmly embedded.
2. Spread a bed of mortar on the slab. Position the stones best squared at the corners, then complete the first row, outside, with the most beautiful face of the chosen stones.
3. Once the stones are laid, fill the void located in the center with stones without specific shape, the pebble... in order to occupy a maximum of space, this in order to limit the consumption of mortar, whose role consists only to stabilize the whole. On the other hand, the outer joints must be made with care.
4. When raising the structure, always check the verticality of the structure. The marker is constituted by the basic template.
5. Sort and reserve the stones that will form the corners. They will form very visible markers in terms of appearance, despite the gaps generated by their irregularities.
6. Once the structure has reached the desired height, make the mortar surface as level as possible. She will then receive the fireplace made of firebricks. This surface will consume a large quantity of mortar, but it must be able to ensure the stability of the whole.
Building the home
7. Allow to "pull" and stabilize this first part of masonry work. Once the sole is almost dry, spread a bed of this binder on which you can then put the first brick of the fireplace. Check that it is level.
8. Still on the mortar base, lay in alignment two bricks on edge which will constitute the floor of the hearth. Think about controlling plumb, squareness and horizontality.
9. Behind these first two rows of bricks, place a third row. The bricks, in the same alignment, must be cemented upright to form the back of the fireplace.
10. On the sides, set up a second singing brick, which will catch up with the level of the back row.
Perform the smoothing of the joints using a fine trowel for joints. In this way, this rank will close the focus on three sides.
11. To the right of the hearth, on the remaining part which will be used as a bench, bring to the top of the bricks an opus uncertain of slabs of Bavaria or similar.
It will probably be necessary to resize them according to the measurements of the bench: to do it so that they keep a natural irregular aspect.
You will have to raise this part in stones, on the basis of a height of 2 bricks to song, less the thickness of the slab. In this way, the whole will maintain a certain flatness.
12. Finish round the fireplace using these slabs, check the level.
Remember to carefully treat the surface joints, so as not to break the flatness of the bench.
To prevent too much clogging, apply a water-repellent product to the entire surface of the bench.
13. Take also the precaution of carrying out on the ground, around the barbecue, a path of slabs embedded on a bed of sand, wedged with a light contribution of mortar. This will avoid wading in the mud in case of high humidity or after a heavy downpour.
14. Complete the vertical joints of the base, if they seem too hollow. The goal is to obtain a set without aggressive reliefs, but nevertheless original in its irregularity.
15. Make a final finish by brushing the fresh joints with a brush, in order to keep them a bit rough, in accordance with the rough edges of the millstone.
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