Storing a Grill

By Patrick Galvan,

Whether you need a temporary place to store household items while moving to a new home, or you’re putting away outdoor furniture and appliances for the winter, you’ll need a self storage unit for your grill. Before moving your grill to storage, however, you need to know how much space your grill needs and what you shouldn’t store with it.

Finding a Storage Unit Size for Your Grill

“Most grills are about 2×4 or 2×5,” says Cyndi Marcy, General Manager for Q2 Self Storage in Louisville, Ky. “So I would recommend at least a 5×10 storage unit if it was just a single grill. If you’re storing more than one, you would probably want a 5×15 since it’s a long, narrow unit.”

Marcy also points out that a single charcoal grill—which is generally smaller than a propane-fueled grill—can fit inside of a 5×5 storage unit. If, however, you’re storing multiple items in the same unit as a charcoal grill, you may want to upgrade to something larger, like a 5×10 or 5×15, in order to make room for everything. This will ensure the grill isn’t touching the unit walls and can be easily moved in and out of the unit as well.

Don’t Store Fuel Sources with Your Grill

For the safety of your belongings, never store a grill with its fuel source. Even if the storage unit remains cool throughout the year, storing a propane tank or charcoal with your grill can still be dangerous.

“First of all, most moving companies won’t allow gas tanks in moving trucks for obvious reasons,” says Marcy. “It’s a flammable product. [Many storage facilities] have metal buildings that get very hot in the summer.” If the propane tank becomes too hot, it could explode, and you could be held responsible. “It’s also out of consideration for everyone else renting the facility,” she elaborates. “Some [renters] have everything they own inside of their unit.”

Other Tips for Preparing Your Grill for Storage

Always clean your grill (especially the grate) before moving it to a storage facility. If any food residue remains, it could attract pests, such as insects and rodents, leading to an infestation inside the unit. You should also consider covering the grill with a grill cover. This will offer better protection against dust and moisture, which could eat away at the grill’s surface.

Also, it’s highly recommended that you place a tarp or sheet of plastic underneath the grill in the event of a drip. According to Marcy, this is to prevent leaving “a spot on the floor that [the tenant] would be responsible for [cleaning or paying a maintenance fee to have it cleaned] when they move out.”

In warmer climates with high humidity, you may event want to consider a facility equipped with climate control, too. This technology acts as a heater, air conditioner, humidifier, and dehumidifier to maintain consistent temperature and humidity levels inside a storage unit. When trapped in a contained space, moisture from too much humidity could form rust and mildew on the surface of an aluminum or metal grill. Climate control would help prevent that.

If you follow these steps for preparing your grill and storing it, it should stay in good, working order.