Storing your Barbecue Safely this Winter

By on 22nd October 2012 (updated: 10th March 2020) in Latest News

Autumn is here, winter is on the way and summer is quickly becoming a distant memory. So if you’re looking to clear your garden and put your BBQ into storage for the cold, dark months ahead, it’s important that you follow a few simple rules.

Ensure that the Barbecue is Clean

If you want to avoid being met with a grill that’s covered in old meat and mould when you wheel out the barbecue in 2013, you’d be well advised to give it a good scrub before it goes into storage. Even if you take care to scrape off most of the grease and grime as you go, by making sure that it is spotless, you know you will be able to use it straight off the bat when summer rolls round again.

Mould spores can potentially be dangerous, particularly on surfaces that are used in cooking and preparation, while leftover food can attract some rather unsavoury characters to your garage or shed. Therefore, taking a little time now to deal with cleaning duties could save a lot more in the future. Remember, your problems won’t just go away because they’re now in storage.

Keep it Covered

There isn’t much point in taking all that time to bring your barbecue and grill back up to a ‘like new’ standard if you are then just going to leave it uncovered in a damp store. If it’s going to be left for up to six months, then make sure you protect it from damp with a water-proof cover.

If it is left out and exposed, you could find a build-up of mildew or even rust when you return. Even if you’re convinced that your shed or garage is water tight, even small amounts of moisture – particularly over prolonged periods can cause real damage. So if you’ve invested a significant amount of money on a barbecue, why not make sure that you take care of it?

Don’t Delay

The longer you leave your barbecue and outdoor furniture out in the wind and rain, the greater the chances of causing significant damage. As already mentioned, damp weather conditions can cause a whole host of issues, particularly on metal or wooden surfaces. So if you keep putting off your garden clear out, now might be the time to do something about it.

As a couple of weeks blend seamlessly into a few months, suddenly it’s spring again and your barbecue has been out there facing the elements and probably not fairing too well. A rusty grill isn’t much use to anyone, so now really is the time to get everything stored safely in the comparatively warm and dry setting of your shed or garage.

So get it cleaned, covered and stored away as soon as possible. Summer may seem a long way off at the moment, but when it comes back around you’ll be grateful that you made the effort.

Rik Hellewell is the Founder & Managing Director of Ovenu and a member of the Approved Franchise Association. He established Ovenu in 1993, cleaning 4,000 ovens and proving his concept over five years before starting the franchise business. Since then he has helped over 200 franchisees achieve their dreams of running successful businesses of their own. Established for over 25 years, the Ovenu concept has proven successful across the UK, New Zealand, Australia and the USA.