DIY Grill Hack: Build a Platform for Your Grill

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

About: MyFixitUpLife is a husband-and-wife’s home improvement obsessed lifestyle. Mark and Theresa are constantly fixing something up.

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

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.

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.

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!

With your grill

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

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    27 Comments

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    FlorinJ
    FlorinJ

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    Nick Reid
    Nick Reid

    Reply 1 year ago

    Some people, especially those who read this instructable, can no way afford having concrete poured and then tiled. Do it yourself you might be thinking? Working with concrete is MUCH more difficult and advanced than using lumber to create a box, place in a center support, cutting a few 8’ deck boards in half, screwing them in and (this DIYer didn’t do this part) protecting/staining the decking before getting to the BBQ. Ok so you have some paranoia about having your grill on wood right? How many people do tou know that have decks of all shapes & sizes? Decks with rails? Maybe a wooden roof ofer the deck, maybe a pergola? It’s nothing to be at all afraid of? Now, if the paranoia is there and it just won’t go away, then for those who have the same fears and can’t afford a concrete slab, have no desire to have that be a DIT project, then on top of that, adding tile to it....here is a thought...
    On this deck created by the DIY blogger, that shows in the writings how so proud of him & herself they are (rightfully so by the way) an idea might be to use this product...
    http://www.swiftdeck.com/products/woodlookplanks/

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    FlorinJ
    FlorinJ

    Reply 1 year ago

    You can mix and pour concrete using a trowel and a bucket, without even boards to build a frame, if you really need to. I use both wood and concrete, and can tell from experience that for this particular application both are equally easy to do. Wood is faster and lighter, but not more durable, for this particular application, IMO.

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    MyFixitUpLife
    MyFixitUpLife

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    BillJ1
    BillJ1

    6 years ago on Introduction

    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?

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    MyFixitUpLife
    MyFixitUpLife

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    jgscott987
    jgscott987

    6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    MyFixitUpLife
    MyFixitUpLife

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

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

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    MyFixitUpLife
    MyFixitUpLife

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    MyFixitUpLife
    MyFixitUpLife

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    DavidH44
    DavidH44

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

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

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    stankoman
    stankoman

    6 years ago on Introduction

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