The Field DIY Konro (click here to download the free plans) can be constructed in a couple of minutes from standard fire bricks, and leaves you with a compact grill that delivers precise heat control and brings food closer to the fire, so you won’t waste a single piece of charcoal.
Although our design was by the Japanese grills used for yakitori and other skewer-based foods, you can use the konro for multiple types of grilling. Add a wire rack or grill grate and it becomes a super-powered searing machine; place a No.10 Field Skillet on top and you can bring any stovetop cooking method outside.
Ready, Set, Grill
Once you’ve downloaded the konro plans, you’ll need to source some bricks. We highly recommend using fire bricks (aka refractory bricks), which can withstand both extremely high temperatures, and won’t crack from frequent heating and cooling, like standard construction bricks might. Your best source for fire bricks will be your local fireplace or masonry supply store; you might also find them at area home-building stores. No mortar or other adhesive is needed; the small gaps between the bricks allow just enough airflow to keep charcoal burning bright. In addition to bricks, you’ll need a sturdy base—we use a sheet of ¾-inch plywood atop a work table.