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Preparing Your Outdoor Kitchen for Snowy Weather

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Settling in for the winter months involves preparing your summer-friendly spaces for the long, hard freeze. When it comes to your outdoor kitchen, there are several things to consider. Start by making a list of the furnishings and equipment you have out there. Determine your needs based on typical weather conditions during the winter season, and then you are set to prep.

Furniture

If you have wood furniture that has been treated for weathering, you might be okay with leaving this out in the elements. Some woods are naturally more capable of surviving the changes of weather, such as teak. Metal furniture is typically an ideal candidate for cold temperatures, but lightweight wicker models can buckle under snow or ice so these should be moved to safer ground indoors. As for your cushions and rugs, bring those indoors even if they are marked weather resistant to save yourself the struggle of cleaning these in the spring.

Appliances

Every outdoor kitchen has some sort of cooking appliance. If you have a rolling cart featuring a grill or stove, move it under shelter after you have disconnected all gas and electrical features. Clean the surface area of the cooking unit thoroughly to prepare it for use again in the spring. Remove all foods from your outdoor bar or refrigerator, and take any utensils indoors for safe keeping. If you have a fire pit, cover it using a heavy metal or wood panel. Secure this with nails, screws, or a heavy object to prevent animals from burrowing in the pit through winter.

Use in the Winter

If you are planning to use your kitchen space for winter, invest in a gas patio heater that will keep guests warm and comfortable. While cooking may not be suitable, you can create a lounge area using candles and other lighting for ambiance. Use of pillows and blankets is perfect for snuggling in the cool weather, but remember to take these indoors after they are used to prevent nesting of rodents.

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Protect Your Gas Grill in Winter to Enjoy it in Summer

When winter comes, many package their gas grill and grilling tools for the cold months until a warm spring day comes back again. However, a good grill cook takes care of his equipment, even when it means lying dormant during the winter months.

The first step is to start in the fall before the cold sets in with moisture and rain. This involves pulling apart all the grill components and thoroughly cleaning each one. This can be done by heating up the grill grates so that every bit of food is powderized and burned off. Then, when cooled, the residue can be easily removed with a variety of tools including scrapers, wire brushes, and other similar tools.

Grease and grit will still be left. The second phase involves using a good amount of soap and water to break down the oils and fat. This will allow you to clean out the hard-to-reach parts that can trap residue and create hot spots. While giving the grill a good scrubbing, removing the grates is a good idea for internal access to the BBQ pit.

With the inside of the BBQ cleaned out, it’s time to work on the outside. The same soap and water cleaning should be performed, removing all the oil, carbon, and grease layered around the controls, sides, and flat surfaces of the grill.

When the outside is cleaned and dried, examine the surface condition. If the paint is peeling or gone, it’s time to sand the area and re-coat it with a high-temperature spray paint.

After the cleaning is finished, it’s a good idea to check all the hoses and junctions for any cracks or aging. Old gas lines are a serious risk, and winterizing is a good time to replace them.

Finally, cover the grill with a good, waterproof grill cover. A decent one can be found at better-equipped hardware stores or BBQ specialty supplier, like Gas Grills Now. Now, with the grill prepared for winter, it’s time to start marking days on the calendar until grilling time is back again.

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Get Your Grill in Tip Top Shape for the Winter

Closing down the pool and storing away the patio furniture is a rite of passage that marks the seasonal change from summer to fall. By spending a few minutes properly preparing your grill before you store it, you can rest assured that it will ready to use as soon as the warm weather rolls out again.

Clean it Up

When you are preparing your outdoor grilling equipment for storage during the months that you will not be using it, it is important to be very thorough about cleaning. Be sure to clean the grates and dry them completely. All food and cleaning materials should be removed under the hood and on the sides of the grill. Completely dry surfaces to reduce the possibility of rust forming. Ensuring that every speck of food and debris is removed from the grill helps to keep animals, rodents, and other pests from thinking that your grill is a great spot to take up residence.

Disconnect the Propane

While you should never store propane tanks inside your home, you still want to turn off the propane and unhook the tank before storing it near your grill. Cap the end of the outlet to the propane cylinder to prevent accidental leakage.

Remove Components

If the racks of your grill lift out, remove them and place them in a garbage bag before securing it. Tape another bag around the area where the racks are located. This will help prevent insects from nesting in your grill over the winter.

Cover it Up

Keeping your grill covered when you will not be using it through the cooler months is important, even if you will be storing it inside your garage. Covering it keeps dust and dirt from accumulating on the exterior and the interior of your grill. Rather than simply covering it, you also want to tie the cover in place. This is particularly important if you will be storing your grill outdoors or if you have a free-standing grill island.

By taking a few extra steps to prepare as the cooler weather approaches, your grill will be ready to be fired up once the warm breezes start blowing again.

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