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How to Move Your Heavy Grill: Safely and Easily

‌Whether you’re relocating to a new house or simply redecorating the outdoors, moving a heavy grill can be challenging. With the proper technique and equipment, you can pull it off perfectly.

Take a look at the steps below before moving your heavy grill. You can learn everything from assessing the grill to completing the move. Instead of making it a one-man job, don’t feel shy to ask your friends or family member to help with moving the grill.‌


Step 1: Assess the Situation

First, consider the size and weight of your grill. Your grill weight can vary depending on the type of grill and the materials used in it.

Gas and propane grills are typically heavier than charcoal grills. Some charcoal grills can weigh less than 20 pounds, whereas gas or propane grills can weigh over 100 pounds.

That’s the essential step before entering your main moving task because only by calculating the weight of the grill, you will understand how many people you need to help or if it is needed to open some parts means de-assemble the legs of the grill from the body to reduce the weight.

Then you have to keep in mind which way can take less time and less cost to move the grill without any damage. Of course, no mistake can be made in selecting the route.

You can finish this step by looking at the surrounding environment, i.e. don’t forget to check the weather forecast to see if there are any obstacles in the path you have chosen, such as any protest or campaign roadblock, or construction or if there is any natural disaster coming like tsunami or cyclone.

Step 2: Prepare the Grill

Make sure the grill is cool. Never touch a hot grill. Beware that the grill should be closed for at least 48 hours before transportation. Now on to your most essential task, grill transportation optimization. You should keep in mind the next steps here. 

There are certain rules that you must follow when transporting, where you empty the grill charcoal, wood pellets, or ash. According to a law,  any of these types of flammable materials are forbidden to move by vehicles. And to make sure that no accident happens.

The parts of the grill can be separated to carry it, which reduces its weight. It can be done by opening the upper cook box, lower cook box, legs, burner tubes and others. It also reduces the chances of losing small equipment. It will also be convenient to find things when it is rearranged later.

Be sure to wash the grill thoroughly after use. It includes scraping the upper and lower cook box, brushing the cooking grates and burner tubes, as well as giving a vacuum clean.

Also, try to clean the trays and inside the cabinet. These steps are mandatory for all types of grills, and some extra steps can be added too. In that, the thing will be good and there will be no possibility of rusting. A good scrub can be used for this purpose.

Step 3: Choose the Right Equipment

The tools needed to move heavy grill and their costs

Before attempting to move anything, make a list of things that you would need during the process. Since you have already assessed the grill size and weight in the first step, you should have an idea of how to move it.

Depending on the size of the grill, you would need a dolly or hand truck to transport the grill safely. Consider buying some bungee cords or ropes to secure the grill before moving it.

If you are moving the grill yourself, then remember to wear some heavy gloves to protect your hands during the move.

What tools are needed and how much they cost:

  • ‌Basic dolly – from $20 to $60
  • Hand truck – from $50 to $150
  • Heavy-duty dolly (for an exceptionally heavy grill) – can cost up to $300
  • Bungee cords – from $5 to $15 for a set of cords
  • Ropes – around $20 (depending on the quality and length)

Step 4: Lift and Move the Grill 

The grill will need to be lifted and moved to forward the work. The matter can be sorted out with the help of a moving blanket to prevent floor damage.

As the floors are hardwood floors. That is by no means your job alone, at least 2 people (including you) or sometime more according to the size and type of the grill are needed for this job. Because it will not be possible to handle the load with the grill body, legs and other appliances alone.

If you are well versed in physics, you will know that in case of lifting a heavy object, if you keep your body straight and lift the load, the weight of the object is felt less. And your work becomes easier.

Moving heavy furniture is a relatively difficult task. Try to move the grill slowly so as not to bump or rub against the corner of the door or the truck.

Step 5: Transport the Grill

Now it is the turn of the work, for which we have gone through so many steps. The grill you send from one place to another.

Be sure to check if the route you are taking the grill on has permission to ply this vehicle like using a pickup truck, SUV, or rented trailer to transport the grill. And observe that according to the size of your grill, the vehicle is going perfectly! The cost of transportation may vary according to the weight, distance as well as the policy of the individual company.

Don’t forget to secure the grill with ropes and bungee cords to prevent accidents. Use old blankets or thick towels to pad the sides of the grill to prevent it from getting scratched.‌

Additional Tips for Moving a Heavy Grill

  • If your grill is really heavy, consider hiring professional movers instead of attempting the move yourself. A moving company or professional movers would charge you from $100 to $300, depending on your area and moving distance.
  • Try to be present while moving the grill, even if you use professionals. It is important to overlook the task, especially when you’re moving the grill on the stairs or on uneven grounds.
  • Take note of the weight distribution of the grill as you load it to the vehicle. Proper weight distribution is important in preventing unwanted accidents.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I lay a grill down to transport it?

Yes, you can lay a grill down to transport it.
But it depends on some things like the type of grill, condition, the guideline of what can and cannot be done, and safety. As, when you are moving a charcoal grill, ensure that you remove and empty the propane tank. On the other hand, the gas grill is usually at the top, so be careful when laying it.

Should I remove the propane tank before moving the grill?

Yes, you can lay a grill down to transport it.
But it depends on some things like the type of grill, condition, the guideline of what can and cannot be done, and safety. As, when you are moving a charcoal grill, ensure that you remove and empty the propane tank. On the other hand, the gas grill is usually at the top, so be careful when laying it.

How many people do I need to move a heavy grill?

2 or more depending on the weight and size of the grill.
Suppose it’s a wheel grill here, one can push from behind and the other can guide from the front. But if you do the work through a moving company, then they will do this work.

How to remove a propane tank from a grill?

First, turn the propane tank all the way off by turning the knob clockwise until you cannot turn it anymore. Take the connector and disconnect the grill propane line. Spin the connecting knob counterclockwise until it’s disconnected. Remove the tank from the grill.

How to put a propane tank on the grill?

First, make sure the gas valve is closed. Remove the seal from your propane tank and use the cap and strap that comes with the valve. Hold the regulator and insert the nipple into your valve. Instead of using tools, use your hand to tighten the coupling nut. Turn the coupler so it is tightened all the way until it comes to a stop.

How much does it cost to assemble a grill?

The average cost of assembling a three-leg outdoor grill is around $50. The cost of assembling a grill would vary depending on its size, weight and model.
Most of the grills which are used in households range from $50-$100Charcoal grills tend to be the least expensive at around $150. Gas grills, on the other hand, tend to cost $400 or more.

How much does it cost to ship a grill?

There are shipping companies that would charge from $100 to $200 hourly for moving a heavy grill.
The cost of shipping a grill would depend on the moving company, transportation distance, grill size, and your area. 

Moving a heavy grill is a challenging task, but it can be accomplished without injuries if you follow proper procedures. Follow the steps listed above to ensure safe and fast transport of your heavy grill.

If you think the task is too difficult for you, seek help from your friends and family members, or consider hiring a professional moving company.

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