Most landscape architects will agree that a barbecue doesn't have to be a garden monument in order to be efficient. Size alone means little. The thing that matters is whether the unit will perform efficiently without straining the owner's pocketbook and without overpowering other features of the garden or patio.
For many people, buying a portable unit is the answer rather than trying to fit one of masonry into the established surroundings. However, you may have only one suitable location and feel that it is practical to build a permanent structure. The five units shown here are built of masonry. Each one can be used as a barbecue or as a firepit. Type and style varies but techniques for building are the same. If you are unfamiliar with brick masonry, it would be well worth your while to check the sections in this book on brick paving and building brick walls for the basic procedurtes involved and the type of mortar mix required.