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Old 01-06-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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How to level a griddle.

When using an electric griddle outdoors on a picnic table, I always had problems trying to level it so that the eggs or pancakes would not run down to one end. When cooking bacon, it also seemed to make a mess on the picnic table due to the splattering of grease.

When at the Winnebago factory, they were selling corian sink cutouts. I bought one of the larger ones to use as a base that I can place the griddle on. It is a little larger than the griddle so it helps keeps most of the grease off of the table. I took two pieces of wood and coated them with a polyurethane. Then I pressed some 3/8" and 1/4" fasteners into the wood and used gorilla glue to attach the wood to the corian.

I can place 3/8" carriage bolts into the larger fasteners when using outside. I bought four shorter ones and two longer ones to use when the table is really out of level. I also bought four padded leveling feet to use when using the griddle inside the RV. It keeps the heat from the griddle off of the counter and provides some leveling capability.
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I have an iPhone & there is a free app that is a level.
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Why not just level the table the griddle is sitting on?

That's why we keep a box of these onhand:

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Outside, I use my Coleman stove. I have 2 wooden 2x2x1/2 tapered wedges that I put under corners until it is close enough to level to not matter.
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When at the Winnebago factory, they were selling corian sink cutouts. I bought one of the larger ones to use as a base that I can place the griddle on. It is a little larger than the griddle so it helps keeps most of the grease off of the table. I took two pieces of wood and coated them with a polyurethane. Then I pressed some 3/8" and 1/4" fasteners into the wood and used gorilla glue to attach the wood to the corian.................
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Very nice.

I'm a little simpler. I fold a paper towel to a square size that I need and place it under a foot of the griddle, or any other feet that need to be moved to level it. When I'm finished grilling I open the paper towel and use it to "rough" clean the top of the grill.

Your means is much more aesthetic.
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Very nice.

I'm a little simpler. I fold a paper towel to a square size that I need and place it under a foot of the griddle, or any other feet that need to be moved to level it. When I'm finished grilling I open the paper towel and use it to "rough" clean the top of the grill.

Your means is much more aesthetic.
Hey Wayne - why don't you fold up about 300 of em, put 25 of em in a dozen baggies and print up some labels - Wayne's Camping Griddle Levelers and Clean Up Kit and put em on eBay and see what happens. If it works Francesca can package her Table Levelers and Emergency Fire Starter Kits - you could then merge, go public and sell the company.

I think the OPs got ya beat though. His can even be color coordinated with the coach and match full body paint on special order. Nice job - seriously.
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When using an electric griddle outdoors on a picnic table, I always had problems trying to level it so that the eggs or pancakes would not run down to one end. When cooking bacon, it also seemed to make a mess on the picnic table due to the splattering of grease.

When at the Winnebago factory, they were selling corian sink cutouts. I bought one of the larger ones to use as a base that I can place the griddle on. It is a little larger than the griddle so it helps keeps most of the grease off of the table. I took two pieces of wood and coated them with a polyurethane. Then I pressed some 3/8" and 1/4" fasteners into the wood and used gorilla glue to attach the wood to the corian.

I can place 3/8" carriage bolts into the larger fasteners when using outside. I bought four shorter ones and two longer ones to use when the table is really out of level. I also bought four padded leveling feet to use when using the griddle inside the RV. It keeps the heat from the griddle off of the counter and provides some leveling capability.
I like it! Some might say it's over engineered, but I still say I like it and would do the same. Nice job!
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Excellent job, but you either have a lot of patience or simply too much time on your hands, or maybe both.
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I wish I had a griddle !! .... sigh.
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I wish I had a griddle !! .... sigh.
When you get one be sure to post a pic in the What you bought last thread. The OP seems to have the super sized model. I'm looking for a smaller one but haven't figured out what to get. We're waffle folks so don't need to do an order or two of pancakes at a time. We use our small gas grill now but like the idea of an electric griddle for bacon and such.
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You may wish to remove the back strip, remove the two bolts then place one in the Center, there points of support will never "ROCK" and having the Center support at the back is most stable.

Adjustment much faster this way, looks like a very professional item with the material selection good job
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I like it. That would even work for leveling our small LP grill+protect the table-top. We've still got 6" of snow on the ground, that's a good project this week.
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