If you have a drop-in charcoal or gas grill, you need a frame for it to sit on. A frame can also provide you with counter space for utensils, plates, grilling trays, marinades and other items you will need while grilling foods. Although you can purchase a frame for your drop-in grill, you can also build a custom frame to meet your grilling space requirements. Building a grill frame requires only basic carpentry tools and supplies.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- 2-by-4-inch lumber
- Circular saw
- Miter saw
- 4-inch wood screws
- Electric screwdriver
- Carpenter's square
- Carpenter's level
- 6-inch wood screws
Measure the width and depth of your drop-in grill with a measuring tape. Estimate how much additional counter space you need to determine the overall size of your grill frame.
Measure four sections of 2-by-4-inch lumber to the overall width of your grill frame. Measure another four sections to its depth. Cut the lumber to length with a circular saw.
Miter the ends of the width and depth sections at 45-degree angles with a miter saw. Assemble two width and two depth sections to form a rectangular base for the grill frame. Assemble the remaining sections in the same manner.
Drill two pilot holes through each corner of the frame rectangles. Insert 4-inch wood screws through the pilot holes with an electric screwdriver. Check the corners with a carpenter's square.
Measure and cut six sections of 2-inch by 4-inch lumber 4 inches shorter than the height of the grill frame. These sections form the posts of the frame. Stand one of these posts on each corner of the rectangular base and set the remaining two posts aside. Drill pilot holes through the posts into the base at a 45-degree angle. Insert and tighten 4-inch wood screws through the pilot holes to secure the posts.
Position the top frame on top of the posts. Drill pilot holes through the frame into the ends of the posts and secure the frame with 4-inch wood screws Check the posts with a carpenter's level to ensure they are straight.
Measure and cut a section equal to the width of the grill from the center of the top frame front. This will accommodate the front of the grill and allow you to replace the propane tank. Place one of the remaining posts between the top and bottom frame fronts on each side of the cut, drill pilot holes and secure the posts with 4-inch wood screws as you secured the corner posts.
Measure the interior depth of the top of the frame. Cut two lengths of 2-by 4-inch lumber to this measurement. Place these pieces inside the top section of the frame on both sides of the place where the grill will sit; they will support the grill. Drill through the frame into both ends of the supports and insert 6-inch wood screws to secure them to the top of the frame.
Tips & Warnings
- Cover your frame with cement backer board after completing the frame. This will allow you to apply stone or ceramic tile to finish the frame.
- Wear protective goggles and heavy-duty work gloves when cutting and constructing your grill frame to reduce your risk of injuries.