Cement Mixers: BS Power Guide to Building a Braai Pit


There is a smell all South Africans know well. It is an innate capacity for South Africans’ sense of smell to automatically enhance whenever the essence of this smell fills the air. It is a smell that is far more than a smell, it is a part of our nature. That smell…Is the smell of a summer braai. With summer approaching, we have been smelling the braais on the go for weeks!


If you want to bring back those warm memories of your family around the braai, Or you’re thinking of formulating your own new happy memories, please take a look at this article on how cement mixers can assist you in building a braai pit just in time for the Summer holidays!


Why should cement mixers be used for building outside braai areas?


Braaiing is more than just grilling meat over a fire. Braaiing is about socializing and making new memories with people while reminiscing over old ones. There is no better way to do this than over an open fire on some brick blocks.


Hosting a braai is a lot of fun, but building a braai area is hard work. Building a braai pit requires skills, it requires patience, and competence, and not to mention it requires a lot of cement and cement mixing. After one hour of mixing cement, you will be readily convincing yourself to drag out the old Weeber and just use that instead, however, with a cement mixer, you will have your braai ready to grill in no time.




Benefits of cement mixers when building a braai:


Save yourself some time. After building the braai you will already hear everyone complaining about: “When will the meat be done?”, so do as the construction workers do and get yourself a cement mixer which will save you both time and effort. Fair warning, you might hear some complaints that you had the braai building done far quicker than it actually takes you to grill the meat.


Save more money for food and drinks. Your guests are going to be hungry, and you could do with that extra roll of garlic bread to complete the occasion. Cement mixers save you money as you won’t have to pay extra money for an extra hand to do the mixing.


Spare yourself the physical strain. If you were to be mixing cement the whole day you would be absolutely knackered by the time your braai is built. Your arms would be rather tired, your muscles would be tight and overworked, and you would have absolutely no desire to go ahead and have a good braai when you’re done. Thus, cement mixers are there to spare you the physical strain of having to use a bucket and a stick to mix cement all day.


Have an easy and convenient builder right on site. No, not a physical builder although they would also be useful. We are talking about a mechanic builder, as in a machine. A cement mixer is very easy to use and does not require one to have any specialisations or qualifications; it merely requires one to be able to open a guidebook and follow instructions.




Steps to building a braai yourself with speedy cement mixers:


What will your braai pit look like? Before actually starting to build a braai pit, decide on what your braai pit should look like. Whether you are pulling ideas from Pinterest or taking it upon yourself to sketch out your own ideas, planning the braai is important. Braai pits come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so plan out which would look best in your backyard.


Design a wooden frame. The design of a braai pit is crucial because all of your guests will see it and if you are referring to yourself as an ultimate braai-master, you don’t want to be cooking over a few bricks and sticks.


Let your guests see the ultimate braai master grilling away on his ultimate braai. Therefore, you should make a wooden frame which guides your build before laying out the bricks.


Have the proper tools at hand. Some tools you will definitely be in need of when building a braai include a hammer, a tape measure, and most importantly a level. You do not want to be enjoying your braaing and then suddenly realise all the sausages are rolling to one side. For this reason, you will need a level to ensure that your bricklaying work is level and aligned.


Get the brickwork right. For some DIY builders, it might be easier to cut the bricks in half using a club hammer and a bolster chisel. This will help your bricklaying work to form a bonding pattern creating a more equal-looking braai.


Now here is where the convenience of cement mixers comes in. First, you pour water into the cement mixer. The amount of water which you pour into the mixer depends on the amount of cement you require, as well as the size of the mixer. It is very crucial that you follow the amount of cement as indicated in the cement mixer’s guide. This will ensure that you have enough water added so the cement does not come out too thin which therefore will make it unmanageable.


Next, you should pour in the cement mix bag. If you are a DIY builder and not a professional builder you are much more likely to have bought a sack of cement mix rather than mixing your own aggregates and sand. If this is how you choose to do it, then you will benefit from opening the cement mix bag from the top and pouring that mixture into the mixer. Make sure you use an accurate amount of mixture and not too little or too much.


Thirdly, plug in and turn on the mixer. Ensure that you plug in the mixture correctly so that the power will be turned on and the cement mixing can commence. After the power has been turned on, the machine will start mixing the cement mixture and the water together. Please do provide the machine with time and patience while the mixing process is taking place. In fact, use this time as a short break to go get your braaing apron and chef’s hat out and keep them close by for motivational purposes.


Fourth, watch the magic happen. The magic in this case, is the mixture of cement forming. You should be leaving the mixer on as long as required to make sure that the cement is both moist and manageable, otherwise your braai just might fall apart before you have even lit the fire. The cement mixers are convenient for keeping the cement moist, as the continuous rotation of the drum keeps the cement from settling and drying by moving it unceasingly.


You’re done! The final step of concrete mixing is to turn the cement mixer off and pour out the concrete. You’re going to need a bucket to pour your cement into. Alternatively you can pour the cement straight from the mixer onto where you’re building your braai pit, depending on your chosen design. You could also pour the cement into a wheelbarrow, whichever is more convenient for you.


Finally, shovel up your cement. If you haven’t poured your cement directly on site, then carry your bucket to your braai building site and shovel out the cement onto your desired location. Start by laying out some cement, spreading as much as you need on your trowel. Do lay down enough so that the bricks will stay in place. Then after laying down that layer of bricks, repeat the process by spreading the cement on each previous layer of bricks before adding another row of bricks.




Allow professional construction workers handle the cement mixers:


There is no shame in hiring a crew. If you enjoy braaiing but have absolutely no desire to be out in the open air, building a braai pit, and risking yourself absolutely wrecking the project. There is no harm in picking up the phone and calling a professional construction crew to come to build you a braai, then you know it will be built adequately and up to braaiing standards.


Construction workers have their own cement mixers. This is why they get things done so effectively! However, if you are building the braai yourself you will find it a little cheaper to hire a mixer than actually buy one. You will be saving yourself some money as you may be provided with everything you need for the construction of your braai without having to buy anything permanently




Consider buying a cement mixer if you are a regular do-it-yourself kind of person. If you do, by the odd chance enjoy building things on occasion, we recommend you rent a mixer as it will cost you half the amount of money than buying the actual machine. However, if you are someone who enjoys building things often, it may be beneficial for you to invest in a cement mixer. If you decide to just buy yourself a machine, there is one company which we can guarantee will provide you with quality service and quality products, and that company is us, BS Power.


Why you should choose BSPower:


At BS Power we provide you with quality and purposeful products. We import and manufacture a high-end, all-inclusive range of robust products. The equipment and product we provide our clients with are the best of the best as we want your work to represent perfection and professionality. No matter whether you are in the business of agriculture, construction, or even forestry we have got you covered.


At BS Power we provide powerful people with powerful machinery. And our cement mixers are some of the most extravagant and strong machines you will ever find. Here is a list of some of our high-performing machinery for cement mixers.


First we have the Baumax BS360L. This mixer is ideally suited for construction company owners and rental companies due to its high-capacity intake amount and drum volume. The drum volume is ranged at about 360L and it has a large area output of 5m3 per hour.


Second, is our Baumax BS500 500L. This one is the greatest of all cement mixers, because of its speedy output and mixing time as well as its large drum volume.This one is definitely not recommended for your run-of-the-mill DIY builder as it has a total volume of 500 L and weighs up to 250 kg. Now that is a mixer. And even though you are an ultimate braai-master, this mixer might be a tad difficult to wheel into your backyard.




So, you can now see that at BS Power we help our consumers enhance their strengths and overcome their limitations. We choose power and perfection, therefore you should always choose us. Because with us is where commercial power lies.