It’s backyard BBQ season and if you’re getting ready for a big move, then you will want to ensure that your prized possession (your grill) makes it safely along for the ride. Whether or not you’re moving yourself or hiring professionals, there are a few simple steps to take to get your BBQ setup and ready for transport.
The number one rule for moving your grill is for it to be unused, at least for a day or so. Never attempt to move a grill or smoker (or any BBQ appliance) immediately after you’ve used it. Many devices are equipped with heat resistant handles, but the other elements including the lid and base can reach extremely high temperatures and take a while to fully cool down.
Once the grill is completely cooled (or during the cooling process), take some extra time to give it a good scrub. You’ll want to avoid any grease or food remnants making their way into other items that may be close by in the moving vehicle.
Next, you’ll want to unscrew the propane tank, or if you have a charcoal grill, remove the briquettes and clean out the dust. For your gas grill, you want to completely remove any fuel attached to and inside the grill itself. So be sure to completely empty all fuel before your move.
According to law, you are not allowed to transport combustible or flammable substances on any commercial moving vehicle, so you’ll want to leave the propane or properly dispose of it before leaving your former home.
Once you’ve taken care of the fuel or charcoal, you’ll want to store away any removable racks, parts and utensils from your grill and pack those in a separate box or container. Doing this simple task will help you avoid losing materials or causing damage to the interior or exterior of your grill.
Now that all the parts are removed and the grill is cool and clean, you can wrap it up to keep it safe during the move. The easiest way to protect your appliance is with a moving blanket. Also make sure that you’re keeping the lip of the grill securely closed so it doesn’t open or jostle during transportation.
You can transport the grill yourself or with a moving company. If you choose to move it yourself, we recommend using a pickup truck or flatbed trailer versus an enclosed area. You can secure it with rope by tying down the straps. And if the grill has wheels, you should lay it flat on the bed to prevent it from rolling around and scratching the grill or your vehicle.
If you need the assistance of a professional moving company, we can help. Our team has the materials and expertise to transport your belongings to your new home. Give us a call today for a free consultation!