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Hi all,


I've got a Kamado Joe Classic 3 and I'm moving from Ohio to Texas.  We're using u-boxes from U-Haul to ship our items and I fear it will break if I put it in one of those even with padding and the T&C on the insurance you can buy is very sketch.  Anyone have any idea of how much it would cost to ship a Classic 3 by freight or cheap slow method?  I could rent a larger SUV or Van but that will cost me $600.   I do have a crew-cab truck that I might get checked out to see if it's worthy/safe to drive to Texas but I'm worried about putting it in the bed for the 21 hour drive over 3-4 days (not to mention if someone were to try and steal it while I'm sleeping in a hotel or doing a hike).  Perhaps I could fit in the crew cab , I'm not sure though.  Sorry for rambling just thinking while I type.  Appreciate any feedback, I did read the thread about someone moving to Florida with theirs. 

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If I were doing a move like that I would break the II down, by removing the hinge and separating the top and bottom, then fit in in the SUV with lots of padding. The ceramic on the KJ is very fragile, especially after it has been used for a while and I wouldn't trust trying to ship it in one piece.

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Regardless of who moves it, I recommend it be taken down to as many pieces as possible and securely wrap them individually.


I had to move a Junior, a Classic and a Big Joe about 45 miles when we moved a couple years ago.  Myself and my wife took all the guts out of all the grills and wrapped them.  We took the grills out of the stands and put good, thick cardboard between the lid and the base.  Then we placed the grills on foam insulation and used additional foam insulation to pad the sides.


It was really scary just the two of us trying to lift the grills out of and then back into the bases.

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On 4/2/2021 at 12:32 PM, len440 said:

I think what we are seeing here is the down side of ceramic cookers. Moving them. Who is hauling the boxes?

I decided I would drive back when the house sold and pack it up with me then and take it.  Ended up fitting in the CR-V without having to take the dome off.  Happy to say the move was a success and the KJ is setup in its new home.

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