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Uprooting your whole life to a new place sure can be a
bittersweet experience, to say the least. Apart from the memories you created,
you also miss the familiarity of your house, the way it looks, the way it
feels, and even the way it smells. For those who own a grill, you know that
many a-memories were created on and around that harbinger of scrumptious
moments. So when the time comes to move, you want to make sure that you move
your grill as safely as possible. If only to create new memories and delicacies
in your new home.
But for something as valuable and huge as a grill, the
process of moving it safely involves a fair amount of dexterity, composure and
even planning. Luckily for you, we’re here to figure out a way to do so in a
safe and organized manner. So here’s how to move a grill without having to feel
too much of the heat.
This is where you arm yourself with the ammunition needed to
wipe off every obstacle, gunk, smudge and just about anything else that could
get in your way. The best way to go about it is create a checklist of things
you’ll need. Ideally, you should be creating one that accounts for the cleaning
of the grill and its parts, the packing of the grill and any other supplies or
tools you will need to carry this task out.
If this is your first time undertaking a DIY task like this,
reach out to a friend, neighbor or family member to lend you a helping hand.
It’s best to have some serve as your deputy for your own well being and that of
the grill too. One important thing to remember is that you should be planning
this a couple of weeks in advance. The idea is to give yourself enough time to
buy whatever is needed and even speak to someone for help should it be
Planning well means also accounting for all the packing
supplies you will need. Instead of frantically trying to figure out what you
need in the 11th hour, here’s a list you can refer to.
This would serve as the packing material for the larger parts of the grill. Or if most parts of your grill are detachable yet huge, it could just as well help as a padding material for it.
See also: Moving Blankets: Reasons You Need Them
Wherever moving blankets go, shrink wraps almost always
follow. They’re very flexible that way! Best part is that you don’t have to
worry about the shrink wraps stretching themselves too thin. Plus, they really
help holding the moving blanket in place when padding larger parts of the
grill. The parts which involve two or more people lifting or handling it.
One of those things you will need to pack the smaller parts.
For that matter, bubble wrap would also be needed as a padding material to
safeguard the smaller parts. Make sure you have at least 2 different sizes to
cover each different part.
You will need these for the little nuts and bolts among
other things, depending on the make of your grill.
You will surely need a few of these. And in various sizes, perhaps even shape. Make sure you go through the instructions manual of your grill, understand the nature and size of the detachable parts, and get the moving boxes accordingly. The size should be appropriate for each part of the grill, but the box should be sturdy and in good condition too.
Heavy Duty Tape &
What else would you shut the boxes with? Since we’re dealing
with a heavy duty appliance like a grill, it’s only fair that you choose a kind
of tape that’s befitting.
If you feel like certain parts of your grill are really fragile or heavy in nature, you would be better off putting them inside a moving container. These are usually plastic crates of sorts which are known to be much sturdier and durable than a corrugated cardboard moving box.
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See also: How to Pack Your Kitchen when Moving
Your first step of preparation would be to thoroughly clean
your grill. Now, the process might be different for the various kinds of grills
out there. So we'll go ahead and share the method to follow for the most
commonly used grill.
If you have a charcoal grill, you first need to get its
grates cleaned. There’s a good chance you have a long handled stiff wire-brush
that you purchased along with the grill. You could always just buy one if
needed as it’s easy to find. Make sure you only use a mild dish soap to clean
the grates. Another common technique is the one involving a long handled tong
with an aluminium foil ball. Basically, you just have to use the ball to scrub
the grates clean.
Once you’ve cleaned the grates, remove it from the base of
the grill. Next, get rid of the ash that has been sitting at the bottom of your
grill. While you’re at it, do check if your vents are choked up and need
cleaning too. Next, you should remove all the ash that has clogged the vents.
In all likelihood, both the vents and the base would need a thorough bath, but
only after you remove the ash and other dirt. It’s better to be methodical here
- go step by step.
It is now time to get the base of the grill alongside the
cookbox of the grill cleaned. Hope you have that mild dish soap handy. In this
case, you will need a regular brush to clean the insides. In case you haven’t
worked out in a while, the rigorous scrubbing should help your arms get some
form of exercise. Now that the insides are taken care of, use soap and water to
wipe clean the outside of the cook box too. You could also use a grill cleaning
So now that you’re done with the main part of cleaning,
there’s just one thing left to do - wipe all the parts off again with a clean
and dry cloth or towel. Make sure the outside surface of the cookbox is not
still wet. If you have the weather resistant grill cover, you could make use of
that after you’re done cleaning. You just need to cover it till you begin the
next part of the process, or if you’re planning on starting the next bit after
a bit of a break.
Before you start the process, make sure you have all the
necessary tools and equipment in place. If you have a hardware kit, now’s the
time to get them to serve you.
Now, it’s extremely important to know that even with
charcoal grills, there are infinite variations out there in the market. So
whether or not yours can be disassembled would completely depend on the brand
and model of your grill. Some grills can be completely disassembled and some
partially disassembled. Don’t mess with the parts without fully understanding
how your grill works. Make sure you refer to the instructions manual.
With certain charcoal grills, the legs and stand can
normally be detached from the main cook box. Even with the cook box, there is
the option to disassemble it further, as the base, grates, vents, and the cover
can often be detached. Normally, the detachable parts of a grill would be the
utensils, racks and grill legs, apart from the others. Of course, that would
only be the case if the model of your grill allows you to disassemble the grill
with those parts.
Not to sound like a broken record, but make sure you check
the instructions manual to understand your grill better. This would ensure you
have all the right tools necessary to disassemble. But more importantly, it
would also mean you’re not doing anything that can damage your precious grill.
Or even worse, injure yourself in the process. If you’ve never done this
before, get a helping hand. Better yet, let a professional take the reins of
There are some grills which also come with a propane tank.
These tanks serve as the source of the flame for the grill. Be as careful as
possible with this step. First and foremost, ensure that all the levers of the
propane tank are turned off, if any at all. Once you have taken care of that
part, check if there’s any pipe or other part that needs to be detached
separately from the cook box. After that’s done, all you have to do is remove
the gas tank.
Keep in mind that your grill would quite likely have
different parts and processes. But using a Kamado Joe Classic as an example is
only meant to give you an idea of the things you have to keep in mind and
careful about when disassembling a grill.
Step 1: Remove the wooden side tables which would just be sitting right in.
Step 2: Take out the cast iron vent that is placed on top of the domed roof.
Step 3: Assuming you have cleaned the grilling racks already, it’s time to take it out, in case you hadn’t already.
Step 4: Then, you carefully take out the split heat deflectors. You will find them resting comfortably on the main rack.
Step 5: Once you’ve taken that out, don’t forget to remove the stainless steel rack holder, which also happens to be the main rack.
By this point, you will have disassembled the main parts of
the cooking system. Now comes the heavy duty bit.
Step 6: Right at the bottom of the firebox, you will find the cast iron charcoal grate resting easy. That would have to come out too!
Step 7: The ash removal box would quite likely be scooped in. So it’s time to remove that too from the lower air vent. While you’re at it, take out the ash catcher tray too.
Now, the only thing left inside would be the heavy ceramic
firebox and ceramic fire ring. If you’re moving for a longer distance, it’s
advisable to take these out and not let them stay inside the main cooking box.
Ideally, you would have to crate these huge ceramic parts.
Like we mentioned earlier, keep in mind that if your grill is of a different kind and size, you might not even have to go through so many steps or hassles even.
Alright then, it’s time to pack. If your grill is kept in
the backyard, it’s best to carry out the packing at that spot itself. If you
keep it in a garage, then that’s also a great place to get into the thick of
things and operate out of.
Start by wrapping the grates and grills with a bubble wrap.
If your grill has multiple grates and grilling plates, make sure you wrap each
of them separately. If you pack them together, they could create friction
together and scratch or damage each other. It’s not as much about damage as it
is about packing in an organized and careful manner. You should be wrapping it
up at least twice over, creating a double layer. Even more if your grates and
grills are thicker and the bubble wrap isn’t the large sized one.
After you’re done wrapping each grate and grill
individually, seal it up with a packing tape. For additional security, you
could always wrap it up in a layer of shrink wrap too before taping it up.
After you’ve sealed it, place all of these in one corrugated box. Make sure
you’ve taped up the bottom of the box well enough to take the weight. You
should also place layers of crumpled up bubble wrap in between each packed
grate or grill. The idea is to make sure they don’t shift inside the box and cause
any damage to the box or each other.
The packing process will be more or less similar to that of
the grates and grills. One important thing to factor in with racks is the exact
shape. Some racks are not entirely flat and circular. They could very well have
a part bulging out, which is meant to be latched onto an attachment of the
cookbox. In this case, make sure you wrap it safely and tightly before taping
it and then boxing it up.
You could have these packed in the same box itself. For the
nuts and bolts, it would be best to pack them inside the ziplock bag first
before placing them into the box. If at all you have a separate toolbox, you
could always use that too for the nuts and bolts. Pipes should first be rolled up
with a bubble wrap, taped shut, then placed inside the same box. The process
remains pretty much the same for the ashtray, minus the rolling up part due to
Bubble wrap or packing paper, that’s what you need to pack
everything up. You already have the tape so don’t forget to seal it well. Make
sure that whenever you’re boxing things, you label them so you know which box
contains which parts. The last thing you want is any confusion after you’ve
reached your new place and are looking to reassemble your grill.
Nope. Don’t even think about it. You’re not supposed to
travel with these. It is just not safe. Leave it behind and buy a new one after
you move if you must. Even if you hire a moving company, they won’t transport
this. There’s just a huge risk that’s not worth it at all.
This is where the need for moving blankets comes into
picture. You might be dealing with an object that’s really big, so it’s best
you have a friend, family member or neighbor lend you a hand here. Place it on
top of a table, wrap it around properly with a moving blanket. You might have
to use 2 or more moving blankets to make sure each area of your grill’s cookbox
is covered well. Next comes sealing it properly with the shrink wrap. You
didn’t think the blankets would stay put by themselves, did you? The heavy duty
tapes could also be used as an added precaution.
Once you’ve sealed the Cookbox or the other large part thoroughly, you will have to get it ready to move. Now normally, something this heavy or huge won’t fit in a moving box. Even if it does, the cardboard box might not be strong enough to take the weight of these parts. This is where you turn to the plastic moving container box. We’re assuming you bought it only after taking the proper measurement of your grill’s parts. Or your whole effort would be for naught. An alternative to this would be a wooden crate, but you’ll need experts for that.
Finally, and most importantly, relocating a grill is no walk in the park, regardless of the type it is. Sure, they are far too valuable, but at the same time, they can be fragile, so it’s best to tread on the path of caution. You could always ditch the DIY route and let professionals handle it. There are many moving companies out there who have all the right tools and expertise to handle packing and moving a grill safely. Make sure you give them all the details about your grill. All the same, take a proper quote from them and compare the rates of at least 2-3 moving services before finalizing one that fits.
you transport a grill laying down?
Yes, you can lay down a grill for
transporting, just make sure that you remove and empty the propane tank to
avoid any risks. Keep in mind that you’ll have to empty the tank before you lay
it down in case you have a charcoal grill or one with wooden pellets.
do you move a built-in grill?
Yes, built-in grills can be moved
but you’ll need professional guidance. It’s best to speak to the company’s
do you strap down a grill?
One of the easiest ways to strap
down a grill is by wrapping it in a moving blanket and using straps or rope to
secure the blanket. There are chances that a grill with wheels may roll around
and cause damage during the move. So make sure that you lay the grill flat on
the floor of your moving truck.
do you pack a BBQ for moving?
If you’re using a box to pack your
BBQ grill, make sure you have crumpled packing paper or plastic bubbles at the
bottom and sides of your box. Then place the grill inside and don’t forget to
place the crumpled paper or plastic balls on the top as well before you seal
the box. Another way of doing it is using a moving blanket to wrap the BBQ
grill and securing it with a packing tape to avoid any scratches or dents.
do you move a heavy grill?
You will need a pickup truck or a
flatbed trailer to move a heavy grill. Make sure you secure the grill with the
help of rope or straps. In case your grill has wheels, you’ll have to lay it
flat on the bed. That will avoid the risk of it rolling down and causing any
a grill fit in an SUV?
Yes, it can fit in an SUV, but
you’ll be needing help to lift it, assemble its parts and transport it in your
car. Make sure you measure the dimensions of your car before you decide to move
you move a BBQ island?
First and foremost you’ll have to
seal the lid of your BBQ grill and then wrap it using a moving blanket. Don’t
forget to secure it with packing tape. Make sure that you don’t cover the base
or the wheels of the grill as that will make the transportation easier. To avoid
any kind of damage, lay the grill flat and then load it in your vehicle or
a grill fit in my car?
In order to see if your grill fits
in your car, you’ll have to measure the dimensions of your car and then check
whether it has enough space to accommodate the grill. Since the grill is very
heavy to move, you’ll need help from two or more people to lift the grill and
place it in your car.
do you move a Kamado grill?
If you want to move a Kamado grill,
you will first need to disassemble it. Make sure you have disassembled all the
parts like wooden side tables, iron vent, grilling racks, heat deflectors, rack
holder, firebox, etc. This is a tedious task and so you have to be very careful
when you disassemble these parts. Once you’re done with that you’ll have to
take off the ceramic firebox and fire ring and keep them in the main cooking
box. Make sure you pack all the different parts separately using moving
blankets, zip lock bags and other essential materials. Since it’s difficult to
move such a heavy grill, you’ll need help from your family or professionals to
move your grill’s cookbox and other heavy parts.
moving companies move grills?
Yes, movers move grills provided
there are no dangerous and flammable items like propane tanks, charcoal or wood
do I do with my propane tank when I move?
It’s dangerous to move with a
propane tank which is why almost all moving companies don’t transport it. You
can sell your propane tank to stores that guarantee you a new one at a new
location. You can also contact your local municipality and check whether they
can dispose of your propane tank to a hazardous waste collection facility.
grills easy to assemble?
It is possible to assemble the grill
yourself or by seeking help from professionals. Assembling a grill is a doable
task, but whether the task is easy or difficult will depend on the kind of
model you possess.
How do you remove a propane tank from a grill?
First and foremost, you’ll have to turn off your gas and unhook the gas line. In a clockwise direction, slowly close the tank valve and then disconnect the pressure regulator. Then twist off the threaded pressure regulator and loosen the bolts and screws that attach the tank to the barbeque.
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