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How To Build A BBQ Island With Steel Studs
BBQ Islands are a really neat concept. What better way to spice up your outdoor area? Hiring a professional to do this for you can cost you thousands of dollars. Although, what would you say if we told you that you could build one yourself?
It’s not as hard as you would imagine. However, there are a few steps that you need to follow:
- Lay out your composite boards
- Lay out your tracks
- Level your first track
- Join the studs
- Build it out
- Wire the electric cables
- Add the paneling and countertops
While this is an involved process, it’s quite easy. If you want to build a BBQ Island, this article will take you through each step. It will also explain each one in detail so that you don’t get lost along the way.
Table of Contents
- Preparing Your Plan
- Tools You Will Need
- Steps To Build Your BBQ Island
- How Much Does It Cost To Build A BBQ Island?
- Related Questions
- Wrapping It Up
Preparing Your Plan
You cannot do anything without first preparing. To do this, you will need to take precise measurements to gauge the size of your island. You will also need to know what sort of features you want to incorporate into your island, such as:
- Drawers and storage
- Utensil display
Once you have an idea of what you want, you will then be able to calculate the correct dimensions. If you feel like you need help, most home improvement stores have dimension guides for their products. You can also use an app!
Tools You Will Need
Of course, you can’t start without having the tools necessary to get the job done! Some of the tools you will need are:
- Hammer Drill
- Metal cut-on saw
- Laser Level
You will also need basic tools such as screws, nails, et cetera. You know, the random items you can find in your junk drawer? Now is the time to start digging all of that out.
Steps To Build Your BBQ Island
Step 1: Composite Boards
You will need to lay the shape of your BBQ island using your composite boards. The plan you devised will help guide you along the way. In laying your composite boards out, it will help steer you through your island’s assembly. Also, it will keep your structure sturdy and help to keep from damaging the steel studs.
Step 2: Tracks
Now, you want to begin forming the lower part of the frame, using the tracks. The lower tracks are the foundation of your island. They can hold a significant amount of weight as long as you set them the correct way.
Place the tracks beside the border of the composite boards. On the longer sides of your island, your tracks should overlap each other. The overlap should measure out to be about 5 to 7 inches, which will ensure your structure’s stability.
Step 3: Drilling
For step three, you will connect the tracks to the composite board by drilling each corner of the tracks. If you didn’t purchase a kit with pre-drilled holes, you would need to prepare them yourself. Make sure that the holes in each corner are equally spaced.
Step 4: Leveling
Leveling is perhaps the most critical step in this project. Use your laser level to ensure that the foundation of your island is level. If you find that any part is uneven, it might be because that side of the track needs to be tightened. When you are finished with each corner, check the entire foundation.
Step 5: Join Studs
You want to insert your stud into the track. Take care to align them so that the hole is pointed down. Both of the edges should be vertical. You need to turn the stud until it fits into the track. Hold the stud in place using your c-clamps.
You will then need to check if the stud is leveled before screwing the stud into place. After you screw both sides securely, you can remove the c-clamps. Go to the other end of the track and repeat this step for that side.
Step 6: Attach The Top
It’s time to add the top to your island! Take the top track and attach it to the studs in the same manner you did the bottom ones. You might have to turn the ends of the stud to pop them into place between the flanges. The track should form a perfect corner on both sides.
Step 7: Measure And Compare Lengths
Before you go any further, you need to measure the distance between the top track and the bottom track. You will want to measure out about 6″ to 12″ away from the stud.
Both measurements should be the same, but you will need to readjust the top track if they’re not. Once everything is level and straight, clamp the other end of the track and screw in the four corners with your drill.
Step 8: Insert Small Studs
Find the halfway point on the horizontal tracks and mark it with your marker. It would be best if you marked both the bottom and the top. Insert your stud between the flanges of the tracks, at an angle, and then turn it until it slides into place.
Line it up with your markings, and clamp it into place before drilling. These studs will help to hold up the weight of your island.
Step 9: Build It Out
Now that you’ve got the hang of it, you can start to build your island out by repeating the previous steps. Now is when you can see your island coming along, and you may be tempted to rush the process. Take your time and continuously check to make sure your island is level.
Step 10: Electric Cables
Take the cables and feed them through the holes of the studs. You can line the holes with bushings or ties to prevent the wires from rubbing on the holes’ sharp edges. Ensure when you’re feeding them through the holes that you don’t pull too hard or too fast.
Step 11: Paneling And Countertops
Now it’s time to set the paneling and the countertops, and then you’re all done! You can choose to use marble, concrete, wood, or any other product you want. Keep in mind that this stays outside, so wood may not be ideal if you are in a rainy area.
Set the paneling and countertops in the correct spaces, making sure that these are level as well. Remember to install your BBQ into your island and work your panels and countertops around that.
How Much Does It Cost To Build A BBQ Island?
To build a BBQ island, it depends on the supplies you prefer. Usually, it will cost anywhere from $350 to around $1,500. Although, again, it depends on whether you choose wood or marble for your counters. Regardless, it beats the price range of $4,500 to $12,000 for professional installation!
Are BBQ islands safe to use?
Yes, BBQ islands are safe to use as long as you have the correct ventilation. You do not want to use your grill in an enclosed area, including a small corner under an awning. You want the smoke to be able to rise.
Are steel studs better than pavers for a BBQ island?
Steel studs seem to be better than pavers when you are creating a BBQ island. The steel studs help to create a better frame, which then you can build upon.
Wrapping It Up
The most important aspect of this project is ensuring that everything is level. Laser levels are lovely for this project, mainly because of their ease of use and accuracy. If you can keep everything level and straight, you’ll have a fantastic outcome! Congratulations on your new BBQ island!
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