As autumn signals the approach of winter, storage of your Weber grill is next on your list of to-do chores and it’s time to bid good-bye to family barbeque and hamburger cookouts. After all that wonderful summer grilling, perhaps you are wondering what to do with your new backyard cooking equipment. Are you going to let it sit all winter under the snow where exposure to the elements may irreparably damage it, or are you going to pack it up and give it the care it deserves? Here are some winter storage tips that will help lengthen the life of your trusty barbeque grill and save you lots of money in the terms of cost of replacement parts.
After all that grilling last summer, your Weber grill would have certainly accumulated a thick coating of sticky soot, grease and food particles that would corrode your grill and burners and give anything that you would cook on it next year a bad taste. Not to worry because removing all that gunk is not really hard as it seems. The easiest way to go is to dismantle your grill and strip it down to the shell. Once you’ve done this, wash it down with warm soapy water and give it a good rinse from your backyard hose. Scrub the grates with a nylon pad to remove stubborn grease. Be sure to dry the grates thoroughly to prevent rust. If you have a gas fueled Weber grill, clean out the burners as well and poke their gas jets with a piece of wire to remove any obstruction.
This is a good time to check out parts of your Weber grill that are rusted out and need replacement. Try to purchase one during the off-season because you might find one that is cheaper at this time. Otherwise, just take note of the store that carries the part in its inventory and purchase it when they roll out their grill products come spring or summer and taken your grill out of winter storage. This is also a good time to repaint parts that are sorely in need of a painting job. If you feel up to it, then go to your nearest hardware and buy a canister. Your dealer will know what spray paint to give you once you explain your purpose.
Now, it’s time to reassemble your squeaking clean Weber grill. Then, to make sure that it is completely dry, fire it up one last time for about forty minutes. Spray a thin film of cooking oil on your grill’s metal parts as added protection from the moisture build-up during the long winter. Storage of your grill is easy after you’re done with your clean-up job. Just drape a well-fitting covering or tarpaulin over your Weber grill and park it in a nice safe place inside your garage.
Before you put your Weber grill in winter storage, be sure to remove the propane bottles and store these in a well-ventilated place that is protected from moisture of the cold winter. Storage of these gas bottles in an enclosed area like the garage may present the danger of fire or explosion if a gas leak occurs.