How to Install an Insulated Liner for a Built-In Barbecue

What You'll Need
Insulator for your model of barbecue
Adjustable wrench
Saws all

An insulated liner can vary in price depending on the make and model of the unit, and the size you will need to fulfill the needs for your specific grill. This unit helps protect your combustible cabinet and will increase the levels of inside core temperature while its in operation. It will provide thermal protection on the sides, rear and bottom of the grill. These insulators all conform with national ANSI standard Z21.58 when used on a combustible cabinet or counter top unit.  They are easy to install, help protect you and your home from fire hazard and will increase the core temperature of your stove.

Step 1 - Remove the Grill from the Housing

Before you can install your insulated liner, you will have to remove your grill. Turn off your gas line feed at the tank, and then disconnect the main line to your grill from the tank to prevent pinching or breaking the lines. Each model of grill will be slightly different in structure and design, you will have to visibly search for the securing bolts or nuts that hold the grill into place. Once you have your grill detached from the cabinet, take it out and set it to the side. Be careful not to get any dirt or other debris in the gas line, as it can cause serious problems later, as a precaution, seal the end of the line off with a plastic bag. Put a bag over the gas line and use a rubber band to seal the line from contamination.

Step 2 - Examine your Cabinet Opening

You should have received a series of mounting brackets in your insulated liner kit. These are what will hold the liner in place and keep it from moving during regular use and wear. The liner actually sits in the cavity between the cabinet and the grill itself, creating a barrier between the 2 surfaces and reducing heat transfer. You should have purchased a liner that was made for your grill, in some models there is a dummy space that is an empty void in which you can insert the liner, in other models you will have to cut and modify the cabinet to fit the liner into it.

Step 3 - Cut the Needed Space for the Liner

In some models you will have to cut an opening into the cabinet to support your insulated liner. Take the measurements of the sides and back of your liner and make the proper calculations. You will want to cut into the cabinet to make room for the liner itself, which can be done with a saws all or other power blade tool. Some units have an empty cavity where a liner can be mounted, and all that needs to be done is to remove the panels that hide that space and insert the unit.

Step 4 - Install the Hangers

Once the opening is made, use a screwdriver to mount your hangers to the cabinet. The insulated liner will mount to this and should sit flush on the bottom of the cabinets open cavity. Once it is mounted and secured into place, reinstall your grill.