Funny how these were such a feature of backyards during that same period. Assume these were just collateral from the gas bbq becoming so cheap/accessible.
My memory was they usually had a flat plate.
We used to have family BBQ's at one cousins place & i fondly remember the fire being way too hot that everything got charred to a crisp first round then they would start again after pouring a heap of water onto the flat plate to cool it down while also putting some of the fire out. But also plenty of family bbq's at a picnic with cooked snags on those bbq's
I’ll come clean I built 3 of these till I gave up.
Remember that smell ? Burnt leg hairs as you tended the BBQ. You couldn’t go to the sides as they were stacked with more wood. Yes…wood on the ground so always damp.
Remember getting a stray coal in between your thong and foot. sSSShit!…. Off thong, dance around in the bindis. Apply VB externally to the wound. Then internally as a pain killer.
The last one was a Tecno marvel. By this time I’d had a level and knew how to use a string line. The fire was feed at one side and had some gaps in the brick to feed the air the other end. 10 mm 1/2 flat plate so even the biggest fire made of little sticks couldn’t burn anything. 1/2 grate for when the coals burnt down. Even had a cut in half 10 gallon oil drum as a hood with a tin can as a chimney one end. New did get around to hindging that, a couple of handles and some welding gloves did the job.
Had 2 kids by this time. Cut down from VB to Tooheys blue and my bbq ing skills got better. About this time I tried my first med rare steak…….
Sorry no pics. Only film cameras in these days and we mainly took pics of people and cars…..