You have invested some money in your grill and now you need to protect that investment. One of the first ways that you can accomplish this is to buy a bbq grill cover. This is one item that you will defiantly want purchase but, if you are not sure why, “let me count the ways” that it can help maintain your grill.
Why Should You Get One?
As you begin using your grill, you will become very attached to the unit and what it can do to a nice piece of steak or a couple of pounds of sausage. And, you will probably become very protective of this “cooking appliance”. Here are some of the ways that a cover can help protect your grill:
1. It will keep the natural elements off of the grill. Depending on where you live in this country, your grill will probably be exposed to the great outdoors. As such, it will be subject to the different types of weather that will pass its way. A good cover will keep the wind, rain, snow and sun off of the unit.
2. It will keep the “critters” off of our grill. You will be placing fresh meat on the grill. I do not know about you, but, I don’t like the idea of animals crawling around on my cooking surface. The place where that expensive steak will be placed. Some people think that they clean the grill by searing it before cooking. But, I just don’t like the thought of the local squirrel or rat crawling on that grate before I begin to cook on it.
3. Your cooking utensils will be protected. Depending on what type of cooking you do, you will be using a number of utensils. These will include thermometers, thongs, forks and the like. A cover will help these items from sprouting legs and traveling.
Of The Many Types Available, Which Will You Use?
Probably the most important consideration about the type of cover to purchase will be the weather.
If your weather is normally very mild and stable, the type of cover you need will be more along the line of a shade cover. This can be accomplished by getting a plastic, cloth or reinforced plastic cover. These can be found at the local hardware store.
If you may be expecting weather that will have wide temperature or moisture swings, you may want to consider a more secure grill cover. This may even be a custom fit tarpaulin. If that is the case, you may need to contact a tent maker or someone that makes boat covers to find a quality cover.
Probably the biggest thing that you need to keep in mind when considering getting a cover for your grill is the amount of your investment. If you have only purchased a “lil smokey”, you will not need a cover. But, if you have gone to the other extreme of a cooking environment on a trailer, you may be looking for a professionally designed and manufactured cover.
So, if you have invested a good amount of time and/or money in your outdoor cooking equipment, I would suggest investing in a quality grill cover.