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Looking at the 500lb. big Joe III - too heavy?

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On 7/29/2019 at 12:16 AM, therippa said:

I just got my Big Joe III delivered a few days ago.  I had two big concerns regarding the weight - my driveway is sloped, and I'm putting it on a deck.

 

The FedEx guy had no problem controlling the pallet down the driveway, and once I got it all unboxed by friend and I were able to move it using potted plant moving straps out to the deck with no problems either (it was heavy, but manageable).

Mine went on my deck....which I beefed up substantially due to the weight of that unit and grill table I built to hold it. If you are going on any deck with composite decking....check your specs and workmanship of the deck. Been more than a handful of guys whose KJs/BGE's, etc went the way of humpty dumpty, unfortunately. 

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@KJ Kevin

 

The big joe 3 without the cart, firebox and inside cooking components weighs 238lbs.  I don't know what it weighs with the firebox and d/c rack and sloroller and cart but i am quite confident that those components combined weigh less than 100lbs

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On 8/6/2019 at 10:18 AM, CannedHeat said:

Mine went on my deck....which I beefed up substantially due to the weight of that unit and grill table I built to hold it. If you are going on any deck with composite decking....check your specs and workmanship of the deck. Been more than a handful of guys whose KJs/BGE's, etc went the way of humpty dumpty, unfortunately. 

 

Yeah, my deck is redwood and the grill is sitting on a spot supported by 3 joists spanning a little more than the width of the grill, and with a post on both sides at about 5 feet out from the grill.  It's not going anywhere, but the neurotic part of my brain swears it can feel everything flex if I don't shut the lid slowly.

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we weighed the joe 3s as they would sit on your deck or patio.  With everything - grill, cart and accessories: 

  big joe 3 - 408 lbs.

  classic 3 - 262 lbs.

 

tom

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On 8/20/2019 at 1:05 AM, therippa said:

 

Yeah, my deck is redwood and the grill is sitting on a spot supported by 3 joists spanning a little more than the width of the grill, and with a post on both sides at about 5 feet out from the grill.  It's not going anywhere, but the neurotic part of my brain swears it can feel everything flex if I don't shut the lid slowly.

I moved my table so we could get some stain on the back side...the decking flexes like a SOB if not centered right on the joists. I'm glad I beefed it up, I'll tell you that. Good luck. 

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1 hour ago, CannedHeat said:

...the decking flexes like a SOB if not centered right on the joists.

The weight of the kamado, the table, the accessories stored inside, the charcoal bags, the other furniture and a few 175 lb. guests ... are you approaching the tipping point?

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3 hours ago, pmillen said:

The weight of the kamado, the table, the accessories stored inside, the charcoal bags, the other furniture and a few 175 lb. guests ... are you approaching the tipping point?

No - I actually was a carpenter for 26 years, so I beefed this up substantially and added blocking in the 4 joist cavities from the ledger on the house out to the beam. Engineered to hold probably double that at this point. The weakest link in the chain is the composite decking, which is why I increased it to have the joists 6"-8" O.C. depending on the existing joist layout. I also added a set of casters to the middle of the table to help spread out the weight via the contact points. There may come a time not too far down the road that we will redo this deck too. I didn't build the house (bought it 3 years old), so we may pull the deck boards and railing, add a waterproof system for the patio underneath it, and then redo with a different color and better brand of decking and possibly see-thru panels rather then the ballasters. House was built to the 9's...the deck was an after-thought when they were looking to sell, and they bought the cheapest s**t you can find from Menard's up here. When we do get after it, I may run electrical over to that spot and maybe an LP line from our house to have over there for lighting/side burner purposes. Side burner going in shows up next TUE / WED. Will run on a 20# tank for now. 

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On 8/28/2019 at 6:19 PM, tjv said:

CannedHeat, I grew up 30 minutes north of you in the bottom of the lake city......

 

t

Nice. My dad's side of the family is all originally out of Neenah. Parents both worked at Mercury Marine back in the day. My niece lives down there in Round Rock, TX. I am officiating football in Howard's Grove tonight then coming home and throwing a 13 pound brisket on around 1-2 am.  

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Do you have a picture of the back of the table?  Curious to see how the hinge on the bj3 sits compared to table?  Thanks

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