Protect Your Barbecue the Proper Way

Protect Your Barbecue the Proper Way

A barbecue is often exposed to the elements, so what’s the best way to keep it well maintained and protected?

If you have a barbecue, what do you do? Keep it indoors? Keep it covered? Take a look below at some ideas.

And always clean your barbecue before any period of storage.

BBQ Covers

There is some debate about covers. A covered barbecue with no access to air flow can attract moisture which collects under the cover and causes damage.

Most high-quality stainless-steel barbecues are fairly resistant to winter elements like the cold, rain and snow. But adding a BBQ cover won’t hurt. Just make sure it’s a good fit. If you can find one that’s specific for your model. And make sure to remove it every so often to let the air get in.

Doing what you can to protect your BBQ will give you peace of mind. And covers do stop elements like leaves and insects getting in, which will make the clean up so much easier when the weather gets better and you want to use it.

For less expensive barbecues a cover is probably a good option. It’ll keep it in its best shape for longer. But if you leave a smaller barbecue outside, try to put it somewhere where it can’t be blown over or is not exposed to the worst of the winter weather.

Take it Indoors

Where you can, bring your BBQ indoors as the weather gets worse.

That doesn’t mean bring it in the house, although you could if you wanted. But your garage or shed will do enough to keep it out of harm’s way when the weather gets less barbecue-friendly.

Just don’t position your barbecue under any leaks in the roof.  This will potentially damage your barbecue more than if it were covered and outside.

If you’re planning on using a cover inside, give your BBQ a good once over and clean it up before you store it. And every so often remove the cover to let it breathe.

Pay Your BBQ Some Attention

As we’ve mentioned already, before covering or storing your BBQ give it a good clean and check for any problems.

Not only does this set you up for the coming season, but uncleared debris and food remains will potentially damage the barbecue and attract insects and rodents.

So before storing your BBQ, fire it up to burn off the excess build up of food residue from its last outing. This will loosen up the charred remains, making it much easier to clean. Remove the grates and use a wire bristle grill brush with soapy warm water, then rinse off the soapy residue.

Then leave it to dry. Having a dry barbecue is especially important if you plan to use a cover. You don’t want to trap any moisture inside as this will damage the barbecue.

If your BBQ uses gas, disconnect the propane tank and store it in a safe, dry place. Cover all vents to keep out insects and rodents.

Other Tips to Keep Your BBQ in Top Shape

·         Regular Inspections – check your BBQ regularly for signs of wear and tear. Look for rust, cracks, and leaks, especially in the burners and hoses. Address any issues promptly to prevent them from worsening.

·         Use Proper Tools – proper tools and accessories will help avoid damaging the surfaces. Metal tools can scratch the grill so opt for wooden or silicone-tipped utensils.

·         Season the Grill – apply a thin layer of cooking oil and heat the grill to a high temperature. This creates a protective layer that helps prevent rust and makes cleaning easier.

Final Thoughts

Protecting your BBQ is important in maintaining its performance and extending its lifespan. By using a high-quality cover, cleaning regularly, performing seasonal maintenance, and storing it properly, you can safeguard your BBQ against the elements and wear.

Regular inspections, using proper tools, and seasoning the grill are also essential steps. With these practices, your BBQ will remain in excellent condition, ready to deliver delicious meals whenever you fire it up.

A little time and effort will mean that your BBQ gives you the best get-togethers for seasons to come.

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