OK, this was made last August. But it is still standing so I think worthy of a post! 🙂
My advice would be buy the sand and cement then mix your own instead of using pre-mixed bags. Not only does this save money but you get a better mix. Here you can see the first 6 rows of bricks laid as the pre-mix ran out!
Note the fairy liquid!
Re. keeping everything level, I ended up building on old paving that was already in the ground.
When I started the plan changed to fit in around these “foundations” – only problem was they weren’t level, so under that first row more cement was used on one side than the other.
£25 for B&Q BBQ
£70 for too many bricks, cement & sand from Selco
From B&Q I also bought a small trowel £7, brick chisel £6 and fancy paving slab £5.
Turned out I never did use that slab in the end, it’s still a “table top” lying on a pile of extra bricks. When I started the intention was to follow the instructions from http://www.gardenersworld.com/how-to/projects/barbecue/, but then that was adapted in an agile way when the product owner surveyed the foundations we had to work with 🙂