The internet has a number of designs and ideas for the do-it-yourself, whether you want to build a grill, hog cooker, or smoker.
Grills & Smokers
Old Fashioned Backyard Brick BBQ Pit With Wood Storage Rack. That’s it in the picture at the top of the page. Tis page has detailed instructions, day by day guidance, and a complete parts list. The design appears to be from the 1950s.
Bob Villa rebuilds a clunker. A video of how Vila’s mason makes an old clunker into a nice grill. He discusses the correct cement mix.
Lexington Collection’s Wide World of Pits. A gallery of home made grills and smokers from Dave Lineback.
A simple open brick grill. With wood storage.
A concrete block design. Uses a fireplace insert.
An open grill with a car jack The jack raises and lowers the food.
A large open air pit. Comes close to my dream machine. This link is to a pdf.
Barbacoasluna.com Videos. This company has videos of their designs on YouTube. There are some great ideas here.
Buy the plans for this beautiful brick grill.
Barbecue Building Book a Sunset gardening & outdoor building books
Wilber. A great brick smoker with photos and detailed plans.
Slideshow. Here’s a slideshow of an nice brick smoker being built.
Combination Grill and Smoker Plans by Tom Henry. You can buy the plans for this very nice looking design.
Ugly Drum Smokers (UDS)
The UDS is a 55 gallon steel drum converted into a grill and smoker. It a popular topic on barbecue message boards. Many have special topical sections devoted to their design and construction with photos. Some pretty clever engineering and cutting and welding can be seen there.
The BBQ-Brethren.com has several pages devoted to the topic. They aptly label this as “the mother of all UDS threads. All information you will need to build a UDS is in this thread. use this, and a search of the forum for UDS and you will find a wealth of information.”
Whole hog cookers
From Jim S. 24 photos of a concrete block whole hog pit and how to use it.
Dan Gill’s classic North Carolina pit. Made from concrete block.
Bill Tolbert’s clever innovations. Tolbert took the basic concrete block hog cooker and used scalloped garden retaining wall material to hold the hog on rebar. He also used angle iron to make a window for adding coals.
Joe Davidson’s Video. A simple design on video.
Wood fired pizza oven. Made from cinder block and clay with wood storage. Click to download a pdf.
A slideshow of a well engineered pizza oven.
Another detailed slideshow of a large pizza oven. Man, this guy’s gotta love pizza.