Introduction: DIY Grill Hack: Build a Platform for Your Grill

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We live in a house built loooong before there was such a

thing as a gas grill or any other other consumer grill to speak of, so we were perfect candidates for our own outdoor loving grill hack: A grill platform made from wood you can build yourself.

Because our house was designed with porches rather than a deck, our summer outdoors-ing is centered around our pergola where we have a nice place to sit and hang out---but no place (other than sinking into the lawn) to place our grill. So it made sense for us to keep the grill close to that area.

Step 1: Step 1: Make It Level

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To get it level, the first part of this grill hack was to

remove some soil. To help keep it stable we dug out a little extra and placed a few inches of pea gravel in as a base.

Step 2: Step 2: Frame the Box.

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Next, we framed and squared the box.

We sized it wide enough for one person to cook and long enough for the grill, grill master, and a small table or cooler---4-feet x 8-feet.

The two long outside pieces are 8-feet long. The two shorter end pieces are 44-inches. Cutting them 45-inches is an exact fit for a 4-foot deck board. Cutting them a little short enables you to have a 1/2-inch over-hang on the decking and gives you a little wiggle room in case boards or cuts aren't surgically precise.

You know the box is 'square' (all the corners are 90-degrees) when you 'pull diagonals.' When both tape measures---hooked on one end the same way and read from the same edge of the blade on the other---show the same number.

Step 3: Step 3: Place a Center Joist and Deck Boards.

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With the box square, we placed a joist in the center. That's

93-inches long. Note: If it doesn't fit exactly, knock 1/8-inch off. We used a miter saw to build this grill hack, but a circular saw will get the job done too. Forcing it in because the math works doesn't actually work. It just bends the box and will probably knock it out of square.

So, square box set, we then install the end deck boards. This pretty much holds it square. Then---while it still weighs less than a metric ton---we move it into place, double check level in both directions, then start installing deck boards (Note: we made the whole thing out of Western Red Cedar). Measure periodically to make sure you maintain the 1/2-inch overhang on each side.

Step 4: Step 4: Fire Up Your Grill and Enjoy Your New Platform!

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With your grill

hack complete, it's time to hit the heat and grill me up some burgers! Yeah and yummy.


BillJ1 (author)2015-05-23

I like this, it would fit nicely in an area in my backyard. Nicely done, both the deck and the instructable. Just to confirm, Is the base is made out of 8 by 2s?

MyFixitUpLife (author)BillJ12015-07-14

Everything in this project is made with Western Red Cedar 2 by 6.

cybercapri (author)2015-05-26

Nice Project, very well done...

MyFixitUpLife (author)cybercapri2015-07-14

Love it!

mikeasaurus (author)2015-05-26

Grilling time always gets me excited!

Hungry time!

billbillt (author)2015-05-26

Great idea!......

MyFixitUpLife (author)billbillt2015-07-14

Thank you. We use it all the time!

jgscott987 (author)2015-05-26

Really nice looking project, but definitely not a 'hack'.

MyFixitUpLife (author)jgscott9872015-07-14

Thank you. And maybe you're right about the usage of hack.

sosclosetsandfurniture (author)2015-05-27

Perfect timing for my summer project. I want to build a small deck and a new frame/table for my bbq pit. Great job!

Thank you. We'd love to see it. Let us know on our MyFixitUpLife Facebook page or

FlorinJ (author)2015-05-27

Idunno, I feel somewhat uncomfortable with a grill platform made of wood. I'd rather pour a concrete platform and put tiles on it.

MyFixitUpLife (author)FlorinJ2015-07-14

There are a million grills on a million decks from Cape Cod to California. I think there's a pretty good safety record. And if you've got flames of the deck burning sort coming out of a grill, then you're probably right that you should pour a slab.

UniversalKillers (author)2015-05-26

I really do not see the need for a platform for your grille

Our old grill literally sank into the ground. It got caked with grass clippings from the trimmer and mower and if the grass was wet, hello to grilling in a mud spot. And then any kind of accessory table...well...that was sinking in the mud too. This just adds some stability and separation from being in the dirt.

I don't really see the need for a useless comment.

stankoman (author)2015-05-26

Don't forget to protect the wood with some lacquer or something. Wouldn't want that nice deck to start rotting away.

_neckbeard (author)stankoman2015-06-03

Thankfully it's red cedar. Which is highly rot and bug resistant. And it they're in the right climate (i.e. not Michigan), it will last a very long time as is. Though the base being in contact with the ground may need a little more love.

MyFixitUpLife (author)_neckbeard2015-07-14

Totally agree. A quick blast with some deck sealer is the ideal treatment.

MyFixitUpLife (author)stankoman2015-07-14

I like it. Cedar is pretty good to go for ground contact as is in our area. For structural items (deck, pergola), it is recommended to dip or seal the post wit deck sealer before putting it in the ground for good.

seamster (author)2015-05-19

This is a great, simple idea. I like it! Did you treat it with anything, or just leave it as is?

MyFixitUpLife (author)seamster2015-05-20

Seamster--Thank you. In a perfect world, we'd hit it all with a deck sealer. Since it's Western Red Cedar it's pretty good-to-go for ground and weather contact. Letter of the law, as it were, is to treat anything in ground contact with a deck sealer. This pays greater dividends for stuff like fence posts and pergola posts --

JuniorMint (author)2015-05-19

I can't help but notice your frame isn't PT, you may need to replace it in 2-3 years, depending where you live.

MyFixitUpLife (author)JuniorMint2015-05-20

JuniorMint--Good eye. It's all Western Red Cedar and good to go for ground contact where we live. One thing that's not widely known about PT is that once upon a time it all PT was rated for ground contact. Now--unless you ask--only 4-by and 6-by are rated. You can get it and it's not expensive, but you have to know to ask.

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