What Is The Spring For On Blackstone Griddle?

Last Updated on August 28, 2023

I can’t tell you how many times someone has asked me about the weird, somewhat random metal spring on the leg of their Blackstone griddle. Scroll down and you’ll finally discover its purpose.

A close up of the small metal spring on the front leg of my 36 inch Blackstone griddle
What is this spring for on Blackstone griddle?

As a constant griller, I belong to a number of Facebook groups and Subreddits dedicated to cooking on a Blackstone griddle. And it seems like every couple of days someone new will come along and ask the same question:

What is the spring for on Blackstone griddle?

The silver metal spring mounted on one of the front legs of a Blackstone griddle is the leg lock. If you need to transport your griddle you can fold the legs and the spring loaded lock will hold them in place.

If you still have the user manual for your flat top you should be able to find an image like the one below. I’m pretty sure it’s the only place in the manual that mentions the leg lock so it’s easy to miss. But there it is in black and white.

Screenshot from the Blackstone griddle user manual showing an image of the leg lock and how it operates.
Suddenly it all makes sense!

It’s amazing how many people struggle to find the answer to this question and I hope this short article serves as a public service announcement to help all you Blackstone users out there.

Is The 36 Inch Blackstone Portable?

At a hefty 120 pounds, the Blackstone 36 inch griddle is not designed to be carried around regularly. But if you need to transport it from one location to another you can remove the heavy flat top and fold up the legs to make it small enough to fit in your car.

The Blackstone’s portability makes it easy to take along on vacation or for tailgating.

Happy cooking!