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Grill Assembly - Trust Home Depot or Do It Myself?

Philly Ray Aug 2, 2010 12:19 PM

I'm looking at buying a grill. If I buy it from Amazon, I can save the sales tax (about $40) but I have to assemble it myself. If I buy it from Home Depot, I can have them assemble it but pay the sales tax. Does Home Depot do a good job with assembly? Or will my OCD self do a better job? $40 either way isn't really a deal-breaker, but if I can get someone else to (competently) assemble, why not?

Also, does anyone know if Home Depot will deliver the assembled grill for free? I know they will deliver unassembled for free but it might be difficult for me to transport an assembled grill.


  1. c
    CGS123 Sep 12, 2010 05:17 PM

    Home Depot hires out the work to an Assembly company. They build grills all day every day. When you look at the displays all torn up and missing screws it is because they have been hit by fork lifts and carts over many months of sitting on the floor. The best way to do it is to have them build one just for you and pick it up the same day it was built.
    As far as keeping the grill and grates from going bad buy a cover and clean the grates after cooking every time.

    1. al b. darned Aug 5, 2010 05:07 PM

      Despite what others have saId, my last two grills were from HD, and assembled by them. My "newest" is a Vermont Castings I've had for at least five years and it hasn't fallen over yet. The only "problem" I had with it was when it nearly fell out of the back of my truck because I didn't tie it down properly.

      1. Hank Hanover Aug 3, 2010 06:10 PM

        Sure, You can trust that 19 year old. :-D I'm sure it depends on the 19 year old and whether he does it a lot or not.

        If you are comfortable doing it, I would recommend you doing it but if it doesn't cost much, you could have them do it and look over it closely and fix anything you find suspect. I would expect to find some loose screws and things like that.

        They don't deliver in my area but they have a truck you can rent for $19.

        1. k
          kayakado Aug 3, 2010 10:30 AM

          the grills have been easy -- it was the hose reel cart that needed an engineering degree. I opt to assemble it myself. Most of those people assembling in the big box store have no training. I made the mistake of having Sears deliver and assemble my first washer and dryer, I had to stop the worker from electrocuting himself and they even threw away a part that was essential and we couldn't use the machines until we got the part. I don't let anyone assemble my purchases anymore.

          1. p
            Philly Ray Aug 3, 2010 08:51 AM

            Now I'm discovering that Home Depot has an exclusive deal with
            Weber to offer cast iron grates with the grill I am looking at (The
            Spirit 310). Since the grates normally go for about $70 by
            themselves, I still come out ahead about $30 if I buy the grill at HD
            as opposed to buying it from Amazon and then buying the grates
            separately. I think I am probably going to buy it at Home Depot, but
            assemble it myself.

            Thanks to everyone who replied.

            9 Replies
            1. re: Philly Ray
              tommy Aug 3, 2010 09:46 AM

              Your cast iron grates may end up rusting. They are hard to maintain.

              1. re: tommy
                ospreycove Aug 3, 2010 09:50 AM

                tommy, you are correct about cast iron grates. I have a Wolf 36" with C.I. grates have already replaced them for $235.00. The first set lasted about 6 years. Now I make sure I coat them with a light spray of Pam after the grates have cooled down.

                1. re: tommy
                  Philly Ray Aug 3, 2010 11:11 AM

                  I believe these are porcelain coated so they should be okay.

                  1. re: Philly Ray
                    tommy Aug 3, 2010 12:38 PM

                    Just be gentle with the porcelain (use a brass brush and nothing stainless on it). Once it chips you're done.

                    1. re: tommy
                      Shaw Oliver Aug 3, 2010 12:55 PM

                      This one of the BIGGEST reasons I promote Weber grills though. When something breaks you can easily replace it. As a brand, I find that Weber still produces a quality product and quality replacement products that are available nearly everywhere. If you're interested in a quality product and you're interested in keepingit for a while I don't think anyone should buy anything else.

                      1. re: Shaw Oliver
                        tommy Aug 3, 2010 01:07 PM

                        Was that comment in reference to mine about the chipping porcelain?

                        Personally, I prefer the welded-rod stainless steel grates. They are super heavy and not prone to any sort of corrosion or chipping. Replacing grates is easy but isn't cheap (if you're buying decent grates).

                        1. re: tommy
                          Shaw Oliver Aug 3, 2010 01:28 PM

                          "Was that comment in reference to mine about the chipping porcelain?" Yes. I wasn't arguing by any means, just supporting the use of Weber by saying that if something breaks after years of use, you can fix it.

                          And you're right, they aren't cheap, but it is possible to get an identical replacement part when/if necessary.

                  2. re: tommy
                    c oliver Aug 3, 2010 08:35 PM

                    Do you keep the lid down? We've never had a problem. Also, can't they be scraped with each firing to eliminate that?

                    1. re: c oliver
                      tommy Aug 4, 2010 05:16 AM

                      You mean scrape off the rust?

                      Cast iron grates need to be seasoned just like a cast iron pan. Completely and thoroughly (which can be quite difficult given the shape of grates, compared to pans). Any spots where the seasoning isn't maintained (or is scraped off), could open you up to rust.

                      The moist environment of the inside of a grill isn't ideal for maintaining cast iron. I certainly wouldn't keep my cast iron pans stored in my weber.

                2. s
                  Shaw Oliver Aug 3, 2010 07:53 AM

                  Do it yourself - no question.

                  You'll feel better about the end result, save cash, and when it comes time to clean it or replace parts you'll know how each piece fits together.

                  1. applehome Aug 3, 2010 07:12 AM

                    Over the years, I've managed to put together all the grills I've ever bought except one... it was on super-sale at HD - last one, floor model, and all that. I had to bring it home myself (I have a van, so no problem), and once there I gave it a once over. It was loose, missing bolts, just really put together shoddily. I was really glad that I decided to re-do their work. So I recommend that if you have them put it together, you should check it out anyway. It won't take long to use the instructions as a checklist and just check each bolt - make sure they're in place and snugged down good.

                    1. BiscuitBoy Aug 2, 2010 12:35 PM

                      Depot will deliver free? Wow, not here in CT. Assemble the thing yourself, it's not that hard, and you know it'll get done correctly and completely. Ever see the stuff the employees put together? Shameful. I can't trust hd to order the correct door from a list, and I sure wouldn't trust'em with flame and fire

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                      1. re: BiscuitBoy
                        cajundave Aug 2, 2010 05:24 PM

                        Look at the floor models, are they put together right? Or are they wobbling and missing parts? The lower the discount place the lower the age of the person who put it together. I have had good experience with ace hardware but not home depot.

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