Summertime is the perfect opportunity to break out the grill and cook up some of your favorite meals. Like most people, you probably store your grill in the garage during the winter months. But what do you do when it’s time to move your grill?
Moving a grill can be challenging, especially if you have never done it before. Like with all other household gadgets, it’s critical to exercise caution when moving your grill and to do it properly. A single damaged element might render the whole thing unusable, and a fine grill isn’t cheap to replace. However, with some careful planning and preparation, you can have your grill relocated without any trouble. Here are a few tips to help make the move go smoothly.
Getting the Grill Ready to Move
First, you will want to make sure that your grill is ready for transport. Here are some steps to get your grill ready for the move.
The first step in moving a grill is to make sure it is clean and free of debris. You will need to remove any leftover food or grease that might have been collected on the grates and any cooking utensils that may be stored inside the grill compartment. Turn the heat on and let it run for about 15 minutes to clean it. This will help to loosen any caked-on residue. Next, use a grill brush to scrub the grates clean. If you don’t have a grill brush, you can use an old toothbrush. Once the grates are clean, wipe down the inside of the grill with a damp cloth. Some grills have removable parts that can be washed in the sink, while others will require you to wipe them down with a cloth. Refer to the grill’s manual to see what you’ll have to do to clean the inside of the grill. Once your grill has been thoroughly cleaned, check all components for loose bolts or brackets and make any necessary repairs before moving. Finally, tightly secure any loose propane tanks to ensure they don’t leak during transit.
Before moving a grill, it’s important to ensure that all components are adequately cooled and turned off. You should allow your grill to cool for at least 48 hours before attempting to move it. If you do not allow enough time for the grill to cool down, you risk starting a fire or getting burned when you handle it. Before proceeding to the next step, double-check the cooking chamber for spills or debris since it retains heat longer than the other grill components.
Remove the Propane Tank
If you have a charcoal grill, you should already have removed them during the cleaning process so that you may clean the cook chamber. In case you have a gas line grill, disconnect it.
If your grill is powered by propane, you must remove the propane tank before moving it. This is for both safety and convenience purposes. It can be challenging to transport a large propane tank, so it’s best to leave it behind and purchase a new one when you arrive at your destination. Most moving companies won’t move propane tanks due to the potential hazards. First, turn off the grill and disconnect the hose from the regulator to remove the tank. Next, use a wrench to loosen the connections at the tank valve. Once the tank is disconnected, you can lift it out of the grill compartment.
Dismantle and Pack all Parts and Utensils
Now that your grill is clean and cooled down, you will need to remove all of the detachable parts. Any removable grill components, specifically racks, utensils, pans, and accessories, are included in this category. If your grill has a detachable lid, remove it before packing it up. Most of these parts can be washed in the sink with soapy water. Once they are clean, dry them off and wrap them in towels or bubble wrap to prevent them from getting scratched or damaged in transit.
You will also need to pack up any grill utensils, such as tongs, spatulas, and brushes, that you might have stored inside the grill. These can be packed in a box or bag and placed with the other grill parts. Most of these components may be housed in a single container, but pay extra attention to the lid’s padding since it won’t be protected during transport. Take the time to properly label each box you’ll be using so that you can quickly locate everything later on.
Now that all of the pieces are removed and packed up, you can begin to wrap up the grill itself. If your lid is glued on, carefully wrap it in packing tape. Start by covering it with a sheet or tarp to protect it from falling debris and weather conditions. Next, use heavy-duty bubble wrap, blankets, or towels to further cushion your grill during transport. You may even want to purchase specialized moving blankets to ensure that your grill stays protected during the move. Leave the base and wheels uncovered since they’ll be easier to transport and keep steady in the truck. Once your grill is fully wrapped and secured, you can safely lift it into a moving truck or van for transport.
Moving the Grill
Your grill is already prepared and ready to go, so the moving day is here, and you’re in luck. Usually, most grills are lightweight enough that they can be easily carried by just one or two people. And if you use a moving service, they’ll be able to complete this part and deliver your grill to the truck for you.
For wheeled grills, have one individual push from behind and another person guide from the front. If there’s only one person pushing it, instead of pushing from the rear, tilt the grill slightly to just roll on two wheels. Slowly lower the grill into the truck and up onto the ramp. Grills with handles should be picked up instead of pulled, while kettle grills are frequently small enough to carry. Once the grill has been loaded in the truck, place objects around it to prevent it from shifting about and remove anything on top of it.
If you are moving a grill, it is important to take the necessary precautions to stay safe and secure throughout the transportation process. This may involve removing the propane tank, packing up all parts and utensils, wrapping up the grill itself, and ensuring that it is securely loaded into a moving truck or van. With some careful planning and attention to detail, you can easily move your grill without any damage or issues. Happy Moving!
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I move a grill without a propane tank?
If you are moving a grill without a propane tank, you will need to remove all detachable parts. Any removable grill components, specifically racks, utensils, pans, and accessories, are included in this category. If your grill has a detachable lid, remove it before packing it up. You should also pack up any grill utensils that you might have stored inside the grill, such as tongs, spatulas, and brushes. Once these components are clean and dry, you can wrap them in towels or bubble wrap for protection during transport.
Will movers move a grill?
Grills will be moved when they have empty propane tanks and no other flammable items like charcoal or wood pellets since this creates a potential fire hazard.
Depending on the size of your car, a grill may or may not fit. For smaller cars, it’s generally best to use a moving service instead of trying to move it yourself. However, if you choose to transport a grill in your vehicle, consider removing any removable components and secure the grill firmly before driving. It is also important to ensure that the grill is well ventilated to avoid any buildup of carbon monoxide.
If you plan to transport your grill via a moving truck or van, it is important to avoid placing it in tight spaces where it could get damaged or knocked around. Just be sure to secure the grill in place so that it doesn’t move during transport. When driving, it’s not advisable to have a grill on the roof of a car. Some good options for storing and securing a grill include the back of an SUV, the bed of a truck, or in the open air on top of furniture pads or moving blankets.
Alex Sherr is the founder of My Long Distance Movers, a blog that provides moving information and resources for people who are relocating. He has more than two decades of experience in the moving and relocation industry, and he is passionate about helping people relocate smoothly and efficiently. When he's not writing or blogging, Alex enjoys spending time with his wife and two young children.