Caring for your BBQ in winter will save you money.
For those people who do not BBQ in the winter, you need to think about how you are going to protect and store your BBQ. Good BBQ equipment is often not cheap, so it pays to care for your investment and prolong its active life.
General BBQ Care
The best solution is always going to be to store in a dry shed or garage. However, a lot of people have to leave their BBQ’s outside.
Just give your barbecue a light spray of WD40 (all over). This will repel moisture during wet periods. It particularly helps to prevent rust on non coated metals or metals that are not stainless. Next spring, just wipe the WD40 off with a soft cloth and hey presto! You’re ready for next year. Even if you store your Barbie inside, it’s always worth a light spray for protection.
WD40 is great. (WD-40 literally stands for Water Displacement, 40th formula). That’s the name straight out of the lab book used by the chemist who developed the product back in 1953. The chemist, Norm Larsen, was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion – a task which is done by displacing water. Norm’s persistence paid off when he perfected the formula on his 40th try).
If you have a cover for your BBQ, check that it is a “4 season” cover and not just designed to deal with the odd shower from Spring to Autumn. We have a “standard” cover, which falls into this category and is fine if you “dry store” during winter. However, for full protection outdoors during winter, you need to invest in something like our “premium” cover, which offers full, all round protection. There are a lot of covers on the market and some BBQ’s are supplied with them, but it’s worth checking if they are up to the task.
For our rotisserie BBQ’s, don’t leave motors out in the elements. Always take them off the BBQ and keep them dry. You might find that they don’t start when you go to use them again next season. Don’t be concerned as they are designed to work in heat, so they don’t like the cold (rather like us really!). Simply rest them against a central heating radiator for a while or give them a quick blast with a hairdryer and see them come back to life.
For things like spit roast skewers and kebab skewers, try wrapping them in an old, dry towel. Even thought they are made from 304 grade stainless steel, keeping them dry maintains their appearance.
We hope you find these tips useful, but as always, if you’d like to discuss any BBQ issue, please contact us.