Suncast Patio Storage Box 103 Gallon – How to Store Charcoal

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Suncast Patio Storage Box 103 Gallon
Suncast Patio Storage Box 103 Gallon model
Bring Back the Flavor You Love

You can’t barbecue with a Suncast patio storage box 103 gallon container, but it will help you bring back the flavor of delicious grilled or smoked meats on a more regular basis. I know, because that’s exactly what it did for me.

Are you hesitating to barbecue?

When you come home after a long day, and your spouse asks you to light some charcoal and grill dinner, what’s your first reaction? Do you hesitate because of the amount of work involved, or do you jump at the chance to grill, and get right to it?

If you’re hesitating, then I’m guessing you haven’t really thought about how to store charcoal and grilling supplies. Your supplies are probably in your garage or shed, and it’s somewhat of a hassle to lug them out. Over time, this hassle may have even decreased your desire to barbecue, and you’re finding yourself doing it much less often than you used to.

This happened to me about a year or two ago. The drudgery of lugging everything back and forth started taking the joy out of barbecuing. Sadly, I got to a point where I was hardly doing it at all.

The reason you barbecue

If this sounds familiar, then I’m sure you see the need to consolidate all things barbecue into just one location. Having your supplies at your fingertips is going to re-ignite the reason you started barbecuing in the first place; Because you love the flavor.

First-hand experience

I purchased the Suncast patio storage box 63 gallon model, because it was low in price, and it looked as if it would comfortably hold all of my supplies. I was right, but this model line also comes in 83 and 103 gallon sizes, which may better-suit your needs.

Suncast says you should be able to assemble an entire box in just 5 minutes, and they’re not kidding. You don’t even need tools, because all of the pieces are cleverly designed and interlock very well. Just follow their straightforward assembly instructions step-by-step, and you’ll probably be real close to the 5-minute mark.

Moving these Suncast storage boxes is a breeze with the built-in rollers.
Moving a Suncast storage box
Love those rollers!

Being able to roll this box to any other location is a huge help. Let’s face it, your patio surface doesn’t stay nice underneath items like this, so you’re going to need to clean under there once in awhile. Wheels will make it a quick, simple task.

How much will it hold?

The 63 gallon model will hold all of the following, plus a little more:

  • 6 large 20lb bags of charcoal (120 lbs. total!)
  • 3-4 bottles of lighter fluid
  • 3-4 bags of wood chips
  • 1 Charcoal starter chimney
  • 1 set of Coleman grilling tools
  • 1 Wood chip smoking box
  • Skewers, mits, matches, grill brushes, etc.
  • …and it still has room for more small items
What I keep in my Suncast Patio Storage Box 63 gallon model.
What I keep in my Suncast Patio Storage Box 63 gallon model.
Would I buy this model again?

I’m sold on the idea of storing my barbecue supplies right next to my grill in a waterproof deck box so they don’t have to be lugged back and forth from a remote location. This is something you actually have to try in order to fully appreciate.

I’m also sold on the Suncast line because of how dry it keeps my barbecue supplies. Yes, it could be a little more sturdy, but once the lid is closed, it does what it’s designed to do – it stores your stuff and keeps it dry.

I’m not as sold on the 63 gallon model, though, because the convenience it afforded me has also spoiled me, and now I want room for more stuff – like a small folding table, and maybe a chair or two. You’ll probably want more room, too, so be sure to take size into careful consideration before you buy.

My preference, had I known all of this ahead of time, would have been the Suncast Patio Storage Box 103 gallon model for the extra space it provides.

Pros (all models)
  • Room for LOTS of charcoal, plus supplies.
  • DRY Storage – Mine stays completely dry inside.
  • Wheels – Very convenient
  • Plastic – Suncast storage boxes will never rot.
  • No more lugging – Keeps your supplies at your fingertips.
Cons (all models)
  • The sides are less rigid than expected, so the front panel does bow out a little bit when the lid is open. Usually, though, this will only happen if your supplies are packed too tightly, and pushing outward on the walls (speaking from experience).
All Three Models Compared

Suncast Patio Storage Box 63 Gallon

Capacity: 63 gallons
Dimensions 46" long x 18" wide x 24" tall
Construction: Resin (plastic)
My Rating: 8 out of 10
Click here to buy on Amazon

This is a GOOD patio deck storage box. It will keep your supplies neatly tucked away and very dry. I’ve kept it on a mostly-shaded part of our patio for a year or two, and there has never been a water or moisture problem. This size is perfectly adequate for an average amount of barbecue supplies and a slightly above-average amount of charcoal.


Suncast Patio Storage Box 83 Gallon

Capacity: 83 gal. (31.7% more)
Dimensions 46" long x 21" wide x 24" tall
Construction: Resin (plastic)
My Rating: 8.5 out of 10
Click here to buy on Amazon

This is a BETTER patio deck storage box, because of its higher capacity. Compared to the smaller 63 gallon model, it’s 3″ wider for almost 32% more storage capacity. You will have enough room for an average amount of barbecue supplies, a slightly above-average amount of charcoal, plus maybe one folding table or chair (as long as it fits within the box’s inside dimensions).


Suncast Patio Storage Box 103 Gallon

Capacity: 103 gal. (63.5% more)
Dimensions 56-1/2" long x 21" wide x 24" tall
Construction: Resin (plastic)
My Rating: 9 out of 10
Click here to buy on Amazon

This is the BEST patio deck storage box in this line, in terms of it’s 103 gallon capacity. Compared to the smaller 63 gallon model, this version is 3″ wider and 10.5″ longer, so you’ll have about 63% more storage capacity. You will have enough room for an average amount of barbecue supplies, a slightly above-average amount of charcoal, plus maybe even a folding table and chair (as long as they fit within the box’s inside dimensions).


Bart’s Bottom Line

For barbecue supplies, including the ability to stock up on charcoal, the 63 gallon model should cover your needs very well. If it doesn’t, or if you just want to store more items, then consider the 83 or 103 gallon models. Their construction is well-designed for keeping your valuable supplies dry, and the wheels make it very convenient to move around. I have no hesitation about recommending a Suncast storage box for your patio. It’s working great on mine.

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4 thoughts on “Suncast Patio Storage Box 103 Gallon – How to Store Charcoal”

  1. My mother, who lives in South Florida, recently purchased the big version of one of these things. The pool area is so much more organized now and it keeps everything nice and dry.

  2. I love this article since I am planning to get one of this storage boxes for my patio, just to keep all the pool accesories like floating devices, noodles, and my son’s water toys. But you are giving me a great idea about using one of those for the barbecue area. My husband would be so happy not having to walk back and forth from the kitchen to the patio!!!!!
    Really love the site.

    1. This is one of those conveniences you don’t fully appreciate until you have it, Gilda. It sounds like you need two of them!

      Bart

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