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Old 08-04-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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Question Cover or shed for new gas grill?

So, we bought a new gas grill. Who has experience with leaving a gas grill out over winter in a cold, harsh climate?

Is a bbq cover good enough or is it much better to store it in a shed? I'm concerned about rust.

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Old 08-04-2013, 01:00 PM   #2
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So, we bought a new gas grill. Who has experience with leaving a gas grill out over winter in a cold, harsh climate?

Is a bbq cover good enough or is it much better to store it in a shed? I'm concerned about rust.
In your climate, I would go for the shed. In the summer you can get away with just a cover. The first year my daughter bought her house they left their brand new grill outside year round with just a cover. Three years later they had to buy a new one. Now, ten years later they have been putting it in the garage covered, in the winter. Our climate is similar to yours. Since my SIL has his workshop in there, the heat is often turned on and it is just an added layer of caring for the grill.
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I leave the grill out all year long uncovered. My first grill lasted 10-11 years. I'm on the second one now which is about 4 years old.

Neither a cover or a shed will do much to prevent rust. The grill is exposed to the dampness of the weather and no cover or shed keeps that away. You grill will rust because some of its components are exposed to high heat.
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I've had my grill for about 12 years. I leave it out, uncovered, year around. If it is in your shed (and I think I remember it), it might not get used as often, too much hassle to drag it out for "just burgers" (for example).
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I've had my grill for about 12 years. I leave it out, uncovered, year around. If it is in your shed (and I think I remember it), it might not get used as often, too much hassle to drag it out for "just burgers" (for example).
I don't have a shed. Stirling wants to get one. I would rather not. My yard is only 14'x16'. I searched for sheds online and the smallest one I could find that would be big enough is 5'x6'. That's a large chunk of my tiny yard and it would shade too much of the yard.
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I don't have a shed. Stirling wants to get one. I would rather not. My yard is only 14'x16'. I searched for sheds online and the smallest one I could find that would be big enough is 5'x6'. That's a large chunk of my tiny yard and it would shade too much of the yard.
I thought you had a little shed-like building to the left of your patio...or maybe I'm thinking of your compost bins! You are right--the yard is small...what would go in this shed besides the grill?
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I thought you had a little shed-like building to the left of your patio...or maybe I'm thinking of your compost bins! You are right--the yard is small...what would go in this shed besides the grill?
It might have been the composter or it might have been the Ikea garage shelving.

I guess gardening tools would go in it as well.

Stirling is already insisting on a back fence, so $$$, since we will have to get a handy man - we have been meaning to put up a back fence for years and just haven't gotten around to it. The fence is a good idea. Around here, if I don't get a fence, chances are someone will steal the grill. It will also keep some of the blowing garbage (candy wrappers, plastic bags, etc.) out of the yard.
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I would leave it right where it is with an easy to remove cover, I know Chief Longwind leaves his out all winter, he just shovels out to it. His grill has it's own snow room.
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Thanks for the replies everyone. I posted this on Facebook too. I think I have Stirling convinced that a really good cover is good enough. At the suggestion of a friend, we will be buying a chain or some flexible fibre glass and a really good padlock to deter grill and/or propane tank thieves. We aren't likely to use it in winter. Stirling and are not enthusiastic about shovelling snow to get to it.

Another suggestion was to bring the propane tank into the house in winter. Rusty propane tank was why we never used the grill Stirling had when I moved in.
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It might have been the composter or it might have been the Ikea garage shelving.

I guess gardening tools would go in it as well.

Stirling is already insisting on a back fence, so $$$, since we will have to get a handy man - we have been meaning to put up a back fence for years and just haven't gotten around to it. The fence is a good idea. Around here, if I don't get a fence, chances are someone will steal the grill. It will also keep some of the blowing garbage (candy wrappers, plastic bags, etc.) out of the yard.
Fences aren't that hard to build. We used to have "fencing parties." Several of us got fences for the cost of materials, rental of the post-hole digger (2-man), a case of beer, and a food (had to feed the crew).
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