In today’s world of fast food and technology, it can be difficult to remember that not everyone cares about how many combinations of toppings their burger has; and not everyone is as comfortable using a screwdriver or wrench as they are with a smartphone.
However, even if you’re looking for an easy way to get your grill (or smoker) set up, you might find yourself stumped by the question “how long does it take to assemble a grill?” Grills these days come pre-assembled, which means you won’t have to spend hours reading the manual or hunting through parts in order to get one up and running.
However, there’s still some trial and error involved when it comes to figuring out exactly how long assembly time goes. So, in this article we’ll walk you through everything you need to know about assembling your grill so that next time someone asks “How long does it take?” you don’t feel like an idiot for giving the wrong answer.
What You’ll Need to Assemble Your Grill
One of the most important parts of assembling a grill is getting your tools together. You’ll need some type of screwdriver that has a flat-head and Phillips head, as well as needle nose pliers or channel locks. You’ll also need some wire cutters, which will be used to remove the burner grate from the grill body. If you have an electric or gas grill, then you’ll also want an adjustable wrench, which is shaped like a cross and can fit inside the burner grates on most gas grills.
In addition to these tools, you might also need a hacksaw, which can be used to cut off any pieces you might have removed with your wire cutters. The last item in your toolbox should be a pair of scissors. They can be used for anything from cutting wires to opening up packages from Amazon when shipping takes too long.
How to Assemble Your Grill
First, you need to decide on whether or not you want a gas grill. If you have an electric one you can skip this step, but if you’re looking for something that requires propane or charcoal, then your decision is made. Gas grills are easy to assemble because they all work the same way: fill it with gas and turn it on. As long as you know how to fill the tank and turn them up (or down) before starting your grill, then assembly doesn’t take much time at all.
However, charcoal grills can be a little trickier as they often require some measuring and trial and error in order to get everything going just right. In order to get things started off right, comb the instructions provided by the manufacturer of your machine.
They will give instructions on how long it should take to assemble your grilling device along with pictures of what your final result should look like once assembled. But don’t worry about having to assemble everything perfectly; the whole point of assembling a grill is so that it can be used straight away without any issues! So if after reading through your manual and figuring out exactly what parts you need for your unit, you still find yourself stuck in a pickle, don’t worry – just follow these simple steps:
- Read over the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer of your unit
- Make sure that all tools needed are present
Estimate Time Required
To start, you’ll need to come up with an estimate of how long assembly will take. This will depend on whether or not the grill is pre-assembled or comes in a box. If it’s pre-assembled, your grill should be easy to assemble and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. If it’s not pre-assembled and you have to put it together yourself, this could take significantly longer as you may need to find screws, nuts, bolts, etc. This can vary depending on the type of grill but figure on about 20 minutes for each step of the assembly process. In any scenario assume 20 minutes per step for the full assembly process.
Tips for Fast Assembly
If you’re looking for a quick and easy assembly process, there are a few things you can do to make it happen. First, find the grill in your store’s stockroom or online, and then decide what kind of grill you want. Next, ask yourself the following questions:
- Is the grill covered in steel, aluminum, or some other metal surface?
- Does the grill have legs that fold down or just one side that folds up?
- How many grates does it have?
- What type of cooking surface is on top of the firebox?
Once you know these answers, it’s easier to assemble a grill. For instance, if you’re assembling a charcoal grill with four grates and a wood burning grate on top of the firebox, you’ll need to follow these steps: 1) Remove all parts from box. 2) Separate all pieces into their appropriate locations and build them back together in order. 3) Connect spark plug wire to gas valve.
If you’re looking to save time and effort, assembly and setup is certainly worth the investment. Depending on the brand, a grill can take anywhere from 15 minutes to over an hour, mostly due to the length of each step and how they vary between models. Assembling your grill should take you about an hour from start to finish.