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Cinder Block Grill At a Remote Cabin

Looking for a quick, easy and low cost grill for a remote cabin (bug out location)? Look no further than a cinder block grill.

After looking through various pictures and videos about cinder block grills, I decided to build one here at the farm. Long story short, am very happy with how well the grill worked and how easy it was to build.

Cinder block grill

Over the years a number of cinder blocks built up around the farm. Some were in the chicken yard with traps connected to them for opossums and raccoons. Other blocks were here and there spread across multiple projects. A wheelbarrow was used to round up six blocks where they were brought to a spot under a nice pine and oak tree. The blocks were arranged two high with a design similar of a horseshoe.

Several years ago a smoker was built out of a 250 gallon, and a 150 gallon tank propane tank. One of the grills was taken from the 150 gallon vertical smoker and placed on the cinder block grill.

One cinder block was placed on top of the expanded metal grill taken from the smoker. Then a commercial grill was placed on top of the cinder blocks. This gave us two grills. One close to the fire and another grill higher up.

The top grill is used for smoking sausage, while the lower grill is used for cooking stuff like steaks and pork chops. The hot grills are cleaned with olive oil and a rag before cooking.

When stockpiling firewood, the pieces were cut 18 inches lone, split using a tractor mounted log splitter, then placed in a tractor barn to protect the wood from the weather. 18 inches is too long for a cinder block grill. To resolve the issue, pieces were cut in half to a length of around 9 inches long.

Cinder Block Grill First Impressions

Cinder block grills are a quick, easy and lot cost grilling option. What makes this ideal for a remote cabin? When thieves visit the cabin they will look fr stuff easy to grab and go. If something stands out, such as an expensive grill, they may figure out a way to steal it. Who wants to steal cinder blocks?

Who wants to spend money for a grill that only gets used few times a year, and run the risk of having it stolen? If we make a grill out of cinder blocks, then we make it unattractive to thieves.

The top grilled worked excellent  for smoking sausage. For the first cook out we used Italian sausage, which was placed on the top grill to smoke for close to 45 minutes.  After the Italian sausage reached an internal temperature of 150 degree the steaks were put on the bottom grill.

Cinder block grill at bug out location

Before the steaks were placed on the cinder block grill:

  • Brought to room temperature
  • Sprinkled with course ground black pepper and Tony Chachere’s salt free seasoning

The Italian sausage was placed on the top grill around 30 minutes before the steaks.   Once the Italian sausage reached an internal temperature of 150 degrees the steaks were put on.  Internal temperature was measured with a meat thermometer.

Cinder Block Grill at Remote Cabin

There are several benefits to having a cinder block grill at a remote cabin.

  • First, there is almost unlimited wood for cooking.
  • Second, the grill size is perfect for small game, such as rabbits and squirrels.
  • Third, the cinder blocks will last forever.

Someone could bring a rabbit, raccoon, or squirrel into camp and cook it on the cinder block grill. All that would be needed is a 22 long rifle, and some fallen oak limbs.


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