Lifting a 400 lb smoker

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by danbono, Apr 22, 2016.

  1. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All I need to lift my 400 lb RF smoker up a little (1-2" on the right side so that grease will flow down into the drain hole on the left side.

    Any thoughts or idea's.. Too heavy to lift by hand, was thinking of some sort of jack to get it up.

    Thanks DanBono

  2. muralboy

    muralboy Smoking Fanatic

    What about inserting a drip tray in the bottom of the cooking chamber?  The lower bracket that hold the drip tray could channel the grease into the hole.

    just a thought
  3. cowboy11

    cowboy11 Newbie

    Can change the wheel sizes on one end or the other. Or maybe a couple of wooden ramps and roll the end you want to raise up on it.

    Maybe you have a neighbor with a strong young man who lift up each side while you put blocks under it. 
  4. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Use the wheels to roll it up onto what ever height you need 

  5. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmmmmm,  I think Tropic's idea is way too easy  [​IMG]
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2016
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You really don't need much change 1/4" per foot is a good figure. Put a piece of 3/4" plywood down and roll the two wheels onto it. Good to go.

    If you put it in my garage with the drain facing the door it would drain great. I'd even let you come over and cook us Q!
  7. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Rich I tried rolling it over a branch in my backyard  it is soooo uneven I had a hard time moving the smoker it was in a small rut.

    Thanks Dan
  8. gearjammer

    gearjammer Master of the Pit

    Get another body there, put a 2x4 under the end, put some blocks

    under the 2x4, step on the 2x4.

    Have second body put blocks under wheels.

    Drink beer, tell everyone it took all afternoon.

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  9. I needed to do the same but to level the smoker. I used a 1"x4" slat and pushed the unit onto the slat. You have wheels and should be able to do the same. Give it a try....better than trying to lift that monster!
  10. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
  11. danbono

    danbono Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi All Would it matter much when finally lift the smoker instead of it being level it will tilt away from the firebox side. It is a RF smoker.

    I thought I saw once on Pitmasters  tilting the pit one way or the other is better for smoking?

    Thanks Dan
  12. lancer

    lancer Smoking Fanatic

    If you search online for "floor locks cart"  you'll find no end of foot pedal locks that lift one end of a cart to keep it from moving.  Some are fixed height and some are adjustable.  I suspect you'd be best off with two adjustable ones as they'd give you the most flexibility down the road.  If the smoker weighs 400 lbs and all you want to do is lift one end you can buy what you need pretty inexpensively.


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