How To Build Paver Stone Outdoor Kitchen Island For Santa Maria Grill?

Paver stone outdoor kitchen islands can be built on your lawn or on a patio. Rectangular paver stone blocks come in various sizes making it easy to adjust the layout to a size that works well for your design. Using different color and shape blocks can also change the look of your outdoor kitchen island.

If you are building your Outdoor BBQ area on a patio skip step 1.

Caution: Before beginning and excavation, call 811 to check for underground utilities. Also check local building codes, ordinances, and homeowners associations guidelines to make sure that wood fired grills are allowed. When choosing a location make sure to pick a spot located away from your house, low hanging limbs, or anything else that could catch fire.

Total time: 8 hours


  • Paver Gravel
  • Paver Stones
  • Fire Brick
  • Fireplace motar
  • Santa Maria Grill Drop In Frame


  • Wet saw and circular saw with concrete blade
  • Quick Square and Large framing square
  • Tamper
  • Sharpy or pencil
  • Flat head shovel

1. Prepare the area without cement base.

  1. Outline shape of the firepit with blocks.
  2. Check the layout for squareness with a large metal square adjust as needed.
  3. Make the outside of the brick with a flat head shovel. Remove blocks and set aside.
  4. Remove the sod and dirt to a depth of 2 inches.
  5. Tap down the soil, keeping the area level. Adjust if needed by adding or removing soil.
  6. Add about 2 inches of gravel base. Spread evenly with rake.
  7. Wet the paver base and tap it down.
  8. Add another 1/2″ of base and tap again. Checking with leveler to make sure its even. adjust if necessary.

2. Set paver stones:

  1. Lay the first row of stones on the paver base, making sure the bricks are touching.
    1. Check each brick for levelness across the top. Add more paver base to adjust if needed.
    2. Use long square to check squareness.
  2. Lay the second row of blocks staggering the joints with the first row.
  3. As you work around you may need to cut some blocks to fit. Hold the block in place and mark around the block using a quick square.
  4. Cut the block using a circular saw with a concrete blade, If your blade wont cut all the way through use a hammer and chisel to split the block.
  5. Now that the second layer is cut remove one block at a time and add a layer of fireplace motor (comes in caulking tube) on top of the first layer.
  6. repeat steps 2-5 until you reach your desired height.

Sub Steps

  • Using a circular saw to cut pavers can be dusty. Consider having a helper use a shop vac to clear dust away while operating. Always wear appropriate safety gear.

3. Filling up firebox cavity 2 options:

Best Option:

  1. Fill the inside cavity with paver stone until your approximately 20″ from countertop.



Cheapest option:

  1. Inside the Firepit Mark 20″ down from the top of the countertop.
  2. Fill the inside cavity with 5″ of paver base, wet and tap it down.
  3. Continue step 2 until you reach your mark.
  4. Don’t add firebrick to floor.

Sub Steps

  • Rain will wash out some of the paver gravel.

4. Install fire bricks:

If your using paver gravel to fill the inside of your firebox skip steps 1-3

  1. If cavity is filled with paver stone. Apply fireplace mortar on 1/4 of the floor.
  2. Add full size firebrick cut as needed to fit using wet saw.
  3. Continue steps 1-2 until floor of firebox is fire bricked.
  4. Insert firebricks on the interior side walls. Cut as needed with wet saw.
  5. Remove one firebrick as a time and apply fireplace mortar and reinstall. Continue process until first layer is complete.
  6. Continue steps 4-5 until you reach the countertop.
  7. Let mortar dry to manufactures suggest time.

Sub Steps

  • Install Countertop. Always seal countertops. Typical Countertops include:

    • Paver Stone
    • Cement
    • Granite
    • Ceramic Tile

5. Install Santa Maria Grill:

  1. Take your drop in frame and insert it over the opening.

Your now ready to BBQ.