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Hi, I've just buy a new Weber EP-310 and I love it. My question is about cover. I put my old BBQ cover on the Weber for 2 days. It was raining a lot and I don't want my new grill to be expose but when I remove the cover after 2 days, I found a lot of condensation on the grill.

 

I don't think this is good for me new grill ? I've remove the cover because it's sunny today so the grill can dry.

 

Is it normal for a cover to do condensation ? Should I get a real good Weber cover for my grill ? Should I put a cover ?

 

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I think all will get some condensation. Frankly I typically only cover in winter so ice and snow does not build up. In summer (spring and fall also) I leave uncovered. All they'll get is wet and heck I get them wet when I wash them. What is the harm?

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My grill included a cover when I purchased and I thought it would be a great idea. Condensation may be an issue but never was much of a problem for me - maybe because my grill is so large and there is so much open space underneath for air flow.

 

That being said - I don't cover anymore - winter, summer, fall or spring. Why not? Well - basically I/we (wife) grill 3-6 nights a week through the March-November season, plus 1-2 night in the colder winter months. I found cleaning the cover was harder than cleaning my (100% 304 stainless steel) grill! Yea - pull the cover off the grill is not a big chore, but it was always filled with leaf stains, pollen, birdie doo, rainspot stains, etc. None of which are easily cleaned off the vinyl (leather imitation, but high quality with a soft material liner on the inside) cover. The grill is much easier - just hit it with a garden hose for a minute or two. Voila! Clean and shiny instantly! :)

 

Plus - where to put the cover when grilling? Of course - you have to wait for the grill to cool down before replacing. So - that means after dinner you have to go back out and clean up before replacing the cover - usually a chore I don't feel like doing after dinner when I just want to relax and enjoy the game on tv or such couch potato scenarios... B)

 

In the winter when snow is on the cover - it makes removing that much more difficult (did I mention we sometimes get 12"-36" of snow)? Okay - not this past winter - but '10 was a nightmare. Try removing a fabric cover with 40 pounds of snow (okay I'm guessing at the weight - but even 5 pounds is a bitch). Much easier to just lift the hood and watch the snow slide off the back! The side shelves/burner are also easily swiped with a broom. Preheat the grill and all snow is melted away..

 

 

Nope - for me a cover was initially thought of as a great way to keep my grill clean. But I quickly learned that cleaning the cover was not so much fun, no asset since my grill still looks as good now as it did when I purchased it six years ago! And only covered for the first year (sporadically).

 

Now the cover is used to keep my outdoor generator covered. Which it fits just fine! :P

 

 

Preferring to stay naked - mike :D

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Racer if you crack the hood open a bit the condensation will dry faster, one problem you can run into in leaving a cover on when its hot and dry after having it on wet is mold.

 

Like Mike, my nice Ducane cover more than adequately covers my lawn mower that I often leave on the patio.

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Wow, I wish I would have read this thread before buying a cover. I know mine will get crapped on by the birds...everything else in my backyard does. I just figured I'd cover it since it's the most expensive thing in my backyard!

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I'm 100% in the don't cover camp. I bought a cover and only ever used it in pollen season and then I discovered I can wipe the pollen off the grill easier than I can clean if off the cover! If it gets wet, wipe it off. Definitely DON'T allow condensation to collect in your grill.

 

I just sold my Genny which had not been covered except during the first two weeks and then again for a few weeks in the pollen season. It was 2 years old, very well used and I got 83% of what I paid for it.

 

If you use the grill and give it some minimal but regular care, I would (and will) only use a cover for the first couple of weeks to preserve that "new" look. At the first sign of any condensation, the cover will stay off permanently.

 

A nice idea for any grill is to try to keep it under some kind of shelter -- a porch, a shed, a canopy, an umbrella, etc. But not a cover.

 

Rich

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Thanks all for the responds. My problem is I'm in Quebec, Canada. We have all weather here from -30C to +30C so it's hard to know what do to.

 

One think sure is I'll put the grill in the garage for the winter. I don't have the luxury of a porch so my grill is on the patio all summer long and expose to all weather. I'm lucky to don't have the heavy sun on it after 2PM but I'll get rain for sure.

 

I may invest in a Veranda cover, it has some trap on it and the water can't enter but it keep the air circulating. I'll put it only if it's rain for a couple of days.

 

What happen if I leave for 2 weeks and cover it, if it's raining one day and if it really hot the other? Should I leave it always uncover ?

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Thanks all for the responds. My problem is I'm in Quebec, Canada. We have all weather here from -30C to +30C so it's hard to know what do to.

 

One think sure is I'll put the grill in the garage for the winter. I don't have the luxury of a porch so my grill is on the patio all summer long and expose to all weather. I'm lucky to don't have the heavy sun on it after 2PM but I'll get rain for sure.

 

I may invest in a Veranda cover, it has some trap on it and the water can't enter but it keep the air circulating. I'll put it only if it's rain for a couple of days.

 

What happen if I leave for 2 weeks and cover it, if it's raining one day and if it really hot the other? Should I leave it always uncover ?

 

Raccer, Since I've known many who leave their Weber's uncovered year round in weather as bad as you get, I would say that uncovered is better than a cover that will generate condensation. Getting wet or snow isn't a real problem -- having condensation on the innards is. If it bothers you, put it in the garage when it won't be used for a while.

 

Rich

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I should point out that my grill is not a Weber. Not that it should make a difference..

 

Yep - the others are 100% right on with "no condensation" should be allowed. Moisture on the outside dries and goes away. Moisture on the inside stays wet, causes havoc and promotes bacterial growth, corrosion, rust, slimy crud and an overall not pleasant smell when you lift your lid.

 

Lose the cover.

 

 

mike

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My grill will be on the end of my deck, which is under a big tree full of birds that like to sh#t all over the place. I'm thinking about keeping the Veranda cover from Amazon (still didn't ship so I can cancel) so I don't have to clean bird sh#t off of it every time I want to use it. I guess I could always remove the cover after it rains to let the grill dry out. What do you guys think?

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My grill will be on the end of my deck, which is under a big tree full of birds that like to sh#t all over the place. I'm thinking about keeping the Veranda cover from Amazon (still didn't ship so I can cancel) so I don't have to clean bird sh#t off of it every time I want to use it. I guess I could always remove the cover after it rains to let the grill dry out. What do you guys think?

 

Use an umbrella instead. Just sayin'.

 

Seriously, you've got to make your own choice, but Mike nailed it with the effects of condensation. Living here in NC or any other Southern state, near the coast almost anywhere, on a lake, etc., you're susceptible. Arizona? -- maybe not, but many of those folks don't use a cover either.

 

Rich

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Use an umbrella instead. Just sayin'.

 

Seriously, you've got to make your own choice, but Mike nailed it with the effects of condensation. Living here in NC or any other Southern state, near the coast almost anywhere, on a lake, etc., you're susceptible. Arizona? -- maybe not, but many of those folks don't use a cover either.

 

Rich

Arizona like the desert I live in is worse Rich, covered the moist night air sets in, then in the day the 100 degree sun makes that covered grill sweat like a fat girl writing a love letter.

 

And the white specks one sees inside a covered grill is mold setting in, looks like the pic below, makes for a very tasty cooking environment

 

I'm for no cover and spending 500 bucks and building a patio cover, keeps the grill not needing a cover, lets the owner grill in a torrential down pour, and enhances the man cave experience.

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Arizona like the desert I live in is worse Rich, covered the moist night air sets in, then in the day the 100 degree sun makes that covered grill sweat like a fat girl writing a love letter.

 

And the white specks one sees inside a covered grill is mold setting in, looks like the pic below, makes for a very tasty cooking environment

 

I'm for no cover and spending 500 bucks and building a patio cover, keeps the grill not needing a cover, lets the owner grill in a torrential down pour, and enhances the man cave experience.

 

Thanks for the correction and letting us know, Jim. As far as the rest, you know I agree. :D

 

You're the first to know -- May 1!

 

Rich

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Thanks for the correction and letting us know, Jim. As far as the rest, you know I agree. :D

 

You're the first to know -- May 1!

 

Rich

Yeah I see by your new thread 5/1 is the big day, what ya gonna cook first to inaugurate the new lady? most would go 80/20 burgers, I'm thinking a nice Porterhouse for you and the misses?. see if that sear burners is all its cracked up to be.

 

 

jimbee

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I'm 100% in the don't cover camp. I bought a cover and only ever used it in pollen season and then I discovered I can wipe the pollen off the grill easier than I can clean if off the cover! If it gets wet, wipe it off. Definitely DON'T allow condensation to collect in your grill.

 

I just sold my Genny which had not been covered except during the first two weeks and then again for a few weeks in the pollen season. It was 2 years old, very well used and I got 83% of what I paid for it.

 

If you use the grill and give it some minimal but regular care, I would (and will) only use a cover for the first couple of weeks to preserve that "new" look. At the first sign of any condensation, the cover will stay off permanently.

 

A nice idea for any grill is to try to keep it under some kind of shelter -- a porch, a shed, a canopy, an umbrella, etc. But not a cover.

 

Rich

 

Dittos on what he said about the shelter.

 

What did you replace your Genny with? I haven't been keeping up very well.

 

 

 

 

John

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