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Posted 17 July 2009 - 03:15 PM

I just read a post on the Weber forum and it says you should not cover your grill. I bought a cover for my Summit 650 that was made for my grill. The post on the other forum says that he was told that his grill could rust if it was covered.

So what is the truth> Cover or no cover?
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 08:15 PM

View Postbandman, on Jul 17 2009, 04:15 PM, said:

I just read a post on the Weber forum and it says you should not cover your grill. I bought a cover for my Summit 650 that was made for my grill. The post on the other forum says that he was told that his grill could rust if it was covered.

So what is the truth> Cover or no cover?

It deends on where you live.
If you live in a high humidity area or a coastal area then covering your grill is a very bad idea.
What happens is that the cover gets wet due to salt air and or humidity.
The cover never dries and the moisture makes the grill rust.
If it wasnt covered it would dry just like your car does.
A wet car cover accelerates the rust process on a car

The only thing you have to do on a grill with no cover is to check the grease try to make sure it is not taking water
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 10:22 PM

View PostRonald, on Jul 17 2009, 08:15 PM, said:

It deends on where you live.
If you live in a high humidity area or a coastal area then covering your grill is a very bad idea.
What happens is that the cover gets wet due to salt air and or humidity.
The cover never dries and the moisture makes the grill rust.
If it wasnt covered it would dry just like your car does.
A wet car cover accelerates the rust process on a car

The only thing you have to do on a grill with no cover is to check the grease try to make sure it is not taking water


So I guess living in Louisiana with 90% relative humidity, and having my salt water pool 30 yards from my grill, means no cover for me!!! I kind of like the way the cover looks, but if it's not a good idea I'll leave the cover off. Thanks for the response.

I guess the follow up question would be, is it different in summer and winter?
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 10:59 PM

View Postbandman, on Jul 17 2009, 11:22 PM, said:

So I guess living in Louisiana with 90% relative humidity, and having my salt water pool 30 yards from my grill, means no cover for me!!! I kind of like the way the cover looks, but if it's not a good idea I'll leave the cover off. Thanks for the response.

I guess the follow up question would be, is it different in summer and winter?

Louisiana dosent have winter. :rolleyes:

I leave my grill uncovered then also unless its going to snow
Since I cook all year round it has never been an issue.
Of course we get so little snow it's not really an issue
I do have a canopy over the grill however.
I added that this year because we had rain the month of may and I wanted to cook without using an umbrella
A lot of people just roll there grills into the garage
My concern would be how do you tie down a grill in huracaine alley
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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:28 PM

View PostRonald, on Jul 17 2009, 11:59 PM, said:

Louisiana dosent have winter. :rolleyes:

I leave my grill uncovered then also unless its going to snow
Since I cook all year round it has never been an issue.
Of course we get so little snow it's not really an issue
I do have a canopy over the grill however.
I added that this year because we had rain the month of may and I wanted to cook without using an umbrella
A lot of people just roll there grills into the garage
My concern would be how do you tie down a grill in huracaine alley

My cover is never used anymore. Well, at least not for the grill, instead, I found it works perfectly for my generator! ;)

But, my grill - like Ronalds, gets used year round and though my first season I covered the grill religiously, in time the extra effort (waiting for the grill to cool down) became too "strenuous" and as such was sidelined. And a couple of years later, the grill shows no signs of ill wear despite no cover. I suppose in the spring when we have a lot of pollen it would help, but the cover is just as much work to clean as the grill itself! :P So, my vote is thumbs down on covering... :)

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Posted 17 July 2009 - 11:53 PM

Perfect weather here with relatively no humidity and definitely no salt air.

So I always cover my grills.

And all of my grills except the big green egg are always cooled down by the time we finish eating. Just takes 1-2 hours for the cool down so that the covers can be put back on. Not sure why my experience on cool down is different except, perhaps, I have never really grilled for more than a couple of hours at a time for a meal.

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 08:47 AM

View PostRonald, on Jul 17 2009, 10:59 PM, said:

Louisiana dosent have winter. :rolleyes:


If I can't get in the pool it is winter!!! ;)

I have always grilled all year long here. I never bought a cover for a grill before I bought the Summit. I just wanted to keep it a little nicer than grills in the past.

By the way, we do have winter her, just no fall or spring. Last year we had several days in the 20's, and with the humidity here 20's are darn cold. I love grilling when it is cold. It allows me to be outside due to the warmth of the grill.

The best thing about owning a grill in Louisiana is hurricane season. I know that I can cook for several days after a storm with no problem. I have 3 LP bottles so we ate well after the two storms that hit here last year. The way my house was built we can even cook DURING a hurricane. My carport is always wind protected during the first half of the storm, and my patio during the second half! :P
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Posted 18 July 2009 - 06:27 PM

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My cover is never used anymore. Well, at least not for the grill, instead, I found it works perfectly for my generator! :rolleyes:

But, my grill - like Ronalds, gets used year round and though my first season I covered the grill religiously, in time the extra effort (waiting for the grill to cool down) became too "strenuous" and as such was sidelined. And a couple of years later, the grill shows no signs of ill wear despite no cover. I suppose in the spring when we have a lot of pollen it would help, but the cover is just as much work to clean as the grill itself! :P So, my vote is thumbs down on covering... :)

Mike


Mike,

Wasn't there a thread last year about the grease drip trays filling with water if you didn't cover the grill? I know mine will get rain water in it (twice a year) if I don't cover it. Did you overcome that little issue somehow?

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 08:36 PM

View PostAbeach2bum, on Jul 18 2009, 07:27 PM, said:

Mike,

Wasn't there a thread last year about the grease drip trays filling with water if you didn't cover the grill? I know mine will get rain water in it (twice a year) if I don't cover it. Did you overcome that little issue somehow?

beach

Yup! A small hole in the back corner of the tray with a brass nipple - plastic 1/4" tube secured to that and threaded down under the grill. Thought I had posted pics of it years and years ago... If not, I'll do that. Rain? How about monsoons? Today's Yankee game is the first not to have a rain delay in a veeerrrryyyy long time! :rolleyes: Actually, we've had a nine day dry spell. Starting to think I live in a Phoenix Desert!

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Posted 18 July 2009 - 08:56 PM

View Postcuskit, on Jul 18 2009, 09:36 PM, said:

Yup! A small hole in the back corner of the tray with a brass nipple - plastic 1/4" tube secured to that and threaded down under the grill. Thought I had posted pics of it years and years ago... If not, I'll do that. Rain? How about monsoons? Today's Yankee game is the first not to have a rain delay in a veeerrrryyyy long time! : Actually, we've had a nine day dry spell. Starting to think I live in a Phoenix Desert!

Mike

Ok Mike Im jealous : We had rain yesterday :)
It rained on the west side of the bay but you could see the sun shinning on the east side.
Me thinks the rain is following me


btw
We did talk about rain comming in the grease tray last year.
If memory serves me correctly it wasnt from the grill being uncovered , it was from the cover being made in such a way that it drained all the water into the grill.

Now remember im an AARP so it could have been yesterday we were talking about it :P :)

Be that as it may , emptying the grease tray is no big deal.
Most of us cook so much we have to check it all the time anyway :rolleyes:
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