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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    25 Discussions


    3 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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    3 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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    Reply 3 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.

    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.


    3 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.

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    Reply 3 years ago on Introduction

    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.