View Full Version : Transporting a Insulated Vertical Smoker

05-30-2018, 03:35 PM
I've been looking at getting a IVS. Really like the Lone Star Grillz Mini - I think its about the right size for what I do. For the most part it would be on the back porch and I would rarely need to transport but maybe twice per year for a tailgate event and/or contest.

Can anyone out there suggest a way to transport something like this? Is it possible to lift into the back of a pickup? I'd prefer to not rely on a trailer. Any tricks/hacks/suggestions/smart remarks out there someone can share?

05-30-2018, 04:48 PM
I can't recall offhand, but I want to say the mini is about 600 pounds - I don't think I'd want to try and lift that into my truck. If you get one with the tie down straps, you could get a utility trailer with a ramp and some thick plywood and winch it up there and strap it down. I know you said you didn't want a trailer, but that's what I'd do. I have a large IVS on order now and plan on hauling it back home on a trailer doing just this. I, however, don't plan on moving it but 2 times. Once to get it home and into the garage and once again when I get my back porch built. lol

05-30-2018, 04:50 PM
Two methods come to mind: (1) bolt a small winch to the front of the pickup bed and pull the unit up a ramp (2) bolt an easily removable hoist onto the bed of the truck.

05-30-2018, 05:42 PM
OR buy a lighter more portable unit.........

05-30-2018, 07:53 PM
My Pint is only around 350 and it is NO FUN getting into the back of a truck. Only did it once.

05-30-2018, 08:55 PM
My Pint is only around 350 and it is NO FUN getting into the back of a truck. Only did it once.Did you get those nylon slider things?

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05-30-2018, 09:12 PM
Did you get those nylon slider things?

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I did not. They would have made it easier (and easier on the smoker) but not sure I would consider it a viable option for doing frequently even with them.

05-30-2018, 09:27 PM
Truck with a lift gate.

05-30-2018, 09:31 PM
I'd Buy one of them fold up on the wall trailers.......


05-30-2018, 09:37 PM
Just make it a small trailer unit. Harbor freight has some that are 40"x48" and can hold up to 1000 pounds. It should easily fit in your back yard and attach to your truck.


05-31-2018, 01:33 AM
If its only once or twice a year why not just rent a trailer with drop down gate? Its cheap, you dont have to store it, register it, pay for plates, etc.

Plan B could be rent a box truck with a lift gate.

05-31-2018, 09:11 AM
loading up the Assassian 28 onto a trailer is a task , no way I would try to get it in the back of a truck bed.

Uhaul has trailers for rent with decent ramps if you don't want to invest in a trailer.

The weight of cab smokers are the one downside if them you plan on hauling them around.

05-31-2018, 11:15 AM
Great help! Thanks for all the ideas. I think I'll retire the notion of getting it into the back of a truck. Trailer is looking better and better.

05-31-2018, 01:27 PM
I have a Medium Spicewine smoker. I bought an old utility trailer and cut it down in length. Then I welded four "legs" to the trailer centered over the axle and bolted my smoker to the legs. It's now affixed semi-permanently, but I don't plan to take it off the trailer. By cutting down the trailer length I can easily tow the smoker around with my Mule.

05-31-2018, 02:13 PM
We rent enclosed Uhaul trailers to move ours around to comps and stuff. It's $30/day and thats for an 6x12. They have low decks, so we really only have to lift our Humphreys a 12-18" high to get it in. Or, just get ramps.

05-31-2018, 04:42 PM
I'm too scared to put my cookers on trailers. As much as I'd love to, the thought of 1000 lbs. of steel without a really low center of gravity being held to a rental trailer with tie downs just gives me the shivers.

I only do the occasional event for church/family, so I just bought a good food carrier instead. If I did comps, I'd buy some Hunsakers. Truth be told, I'd buy some Hunsakers for the sake of having one if it didn't mean I'd have to sleep outside with it.

06-13-2018, 03:24 PM
Did some digging on fold up trailers... Finding one today seems about like trying to find Bigfoot.

06-13-2018, 03:24 PM
Harbor Freight?
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