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    What is the correct mortar mix for a brick BBQ?


    Hi all
    I am working on building my own brick barbecue at the moment.
    I have a completed base of concrete and now trying to sort a good mortar mix.
    I’ve been told to use a ratio of 6:2:1 of sand:lime:cement, but does not seem to have turned out as I had hoped which dries exceptionally quickly and does not bind with the bricks to stick together.
    Has anyone any advice or suggestions? Should I try a different ratio for the mix?

    Asked by khalid on 25th Feb 2019
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    AK Builders

    It sounds like you’ve done your best with the information you had there.
    Unfortunately, you won’t need to use the lime at all and you should use a ratio of 4:5 of sand to cement.
    You can also add some plasticiser (about a capful) to make it more malleable while you are positioning the bricks.
    While you are still new to this, I would recommend you continue testing this yourself by making small batches to reduce potential waste.
    If you have any other major problems, you may want to look at hiring a builder for the work instead – it should be a fairly simple job for them and be reasonably cheap.
    Best of luck! "

    Answered on 25th Feb 2019 - Member since Mar 2019 - report
    Steven brenchley

    "For this I would use the standard mix of 4 parts sand, 1 part cement. You may have to PVA the bricks depending if it is a smooth surface."

    Answered on 19th Oct 2019 - Member since Oct 2019 - report
    SM Construction

    "Are you using a plasticiser in the mix this is necessary to give the mortar workability .can be purchased from any builders merchants"

    Answered on 2nd Jun 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report

    "I would use a 4:1 ratio, this is a good strong mix and should be adequate for your barbecue hope this helps."

    Answered on 30th Apr 2020 - Member since Apr 2020 - report
    JR Property Maintenance

    "Hi there, you don't need to use lime, a standard 4:1 ratio mix with a cap full of plasticiser is what I would use"

    Answered on 15th May 2020 - Member since Jan 2019 - report
    MH Pointing services

    "Try a sand and cement mix, you can use a ratio at 6:1, 5:1, or 4:1, the more sand you have to cement will make a weaker mortar, the secret to a good mix is adding a mortar plasticiser to your mixing water, this will make it far more easier to work with, hope this helps."

    Answered on 9th Aug 2019 - Member since Apr 2019 - report
    leighs property services (NW)Ltd

    "I suggest using a 4:1 ratio. 4 part building sand and 1 cement. Make sure you use plasticiser in your mix. (if it's not available then use a dash of washing up liquid)"

    Answered on 27th Jan 2020 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
    Epic brickwork

    "3 bucket of san 1 bucket of cement and 1 bucket of lime.


    Answered on 21st May 2020 - Member since May 2020 - report
    Isaaq mahmood

    "I would say 3 parts sand to 1 part cement . Also I would get a pro for the bbq."

    Answered on 19th Jul 2019 - Member since Jul 2019 - report
    Originalstonepaving company

    "You may be better buying some premix mortar from bq or wicks just add water lot less mesh and correct mix"

    Answered on 29th Apr 2019 - Member since Apr 2019 - report

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