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Can Z Grills be built into a BBQ area?

Z Grills 7002B and 700E-XL pellet smokers are well suited to being placed directly on a concrete, stone or tiled bench as a Built In style BBQ.

Grill & Bench Dimensions

Both the 7002B and 700E-XL have the same outer dimensions. Below are the recommended bench dimensions if making a custom bench.

60cm bench height for the grill drum will provide a 90cm height for the front lip of the grill.

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Built in grill dimensions diagram

Built-in Design Considerations

  • Ensure a minimum of 100mm drop space for the hopper from the drum level. The hopper is only 60mm lower than the drum, but additional space is required for air flow.
  • Do not block the front of the hopper, ensuring open air flow into the bottom fan intake and easy of cleaning of pellets, dust etc.
  • The drum can reach temperatures of up to 230ºC / 450ºF, so the grill must be kept at least 30cm from laminated/painted wood or plastics.
  • Ensure the grill can be easily lifted out should any repairs ever be required.
  • The standard grease bucket hangs below the level of the drum, so instead use any type of metal tray or can to collect the grease that drips from the right hand drain spout.


Z Grills smokers burn wood, so generate smoke and carbon monoxide and as such they must not be operated in an enclosed area (without suitable forced air ventilation).

An indoor area is normally defined as one with less than 55% wall area permanently open to the environment.

Check your local regulations if planning to use in an area with any enclosed walls as additional fan forced ventilation may be required.

Using the grill under a verandah is fine as it normally meets the requirements for air flow. If the ceiling is very deep, it may accumulate smoke and so forced fan ventilation may be required.

Ducting can be connected to the chimney stack to vent out the majority of the smoke through the cook, but that will not vent the initial smoke released during startup or each time the lid is opened. Up to 3 meter length with maximum 2 x 45 degree elbows (or one 90 elbow) is recommended. Longer lengths or more bends may restrict air flow and impair the normal temperature regulation of the grill.

Installing a exhaust rangehood above the grill is a great choice.

How to Buy?

Grab yourself a Z Grills 7002B or 700E-XL from our shop. They are not sold in the configuration shown above without the cabinet or legs, so a complete grill must be purchased. The cabinet or legs can be kept and used if the grill even needs to be relocated to a free-standing location.