How to Mount Grills to Balconies

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How to Mount Grills to Balconies
Relax and enjoy cooking outside with a grill on your balcony. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Grilling on balconies can be a challenge due to space limitations and safety restrictions such as no gas grilling or open flame policies. However, you should not let this get in the way of enjoying the pleasure of grilling a meal in the open air. You can save space by mounting a folding shelf on your balcony railing, by placing a small tabletop grill on a table or grill stand or by mounting a freestanding grill in one corner. All of these options are ideal for grilling on a small balcony.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Railing-mounted shelf
  • Grill stand
  • Free-standing grill
  • Level

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    Railing-mounted Shelf

  1. 1

    Select a position on the railing where you wish to locate your shelf. The front side of the railing is ideal because it will allow the smoke and smells from cooking to exit the balcony.

  2. 2

    Pivot the mounting portion of the shelf over the balcony railing and rest it in place against the front railing in the selected position.

  3. 3

    Fasten the mounting portion of the shelf to the balcony railing. The mounting portion may screw down with knobs or need to be screwed down with a screw gun depending on the model. Follow the instructions provided with the specific shelf you purchased. Once fastened, the stand can be raised or lowered. Move your grill indoors when not in use.

    Grill Stand or Free-standing Grill

  1. 1

    Select a location for the grill stand or free-standing grill. Ideal locations would be in the outside corners or ends of the balcony so that the smoke is allowed to rise away from the entrance to your living area.

  2. 2

    Clear the area of any objects that are flammable and organise your seating space away from the grilling area.

  3. 3

    Move the grill stand or free-standing grill into position on the balcony. A grill stand affords you the option of moving the grill indoors when not in use. The free-standing grill is built onto a pedestal or cart and cannot be removed. Be sure to cover over the free-standing grill when not in use.

  4. 4

    Place a level across the grilling surface. Adjust the legs to level the grill. Some legs can be raised or lowered by adjustable levelling feet. Models without this feature can be levelled by sliding a piece of cardboard or thin plywood under the legs.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an electric grill in areas where gas or an open flame charcoal grill are not allowed.
  • Follow fire safety codes and regulations for your building and municipality.

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