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#1 User is offline   bluesmoke 

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 12:00 AM

So it's raining here, hard enough that the hood is staying wet even though the grill is on full blast. I guess that means I'm grill crazy, but I'm wondering if this is an especially dumb idea. Apart filling up the catch pan with water, which I know happens on my Summit, is there any other harm likely to occur because of my idea to grill in the rain?
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 03:33 AM

That's why I keep my pop-up canopy ready for a quick setup for the rain!
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 07:20 AM

I guess now 6 hours later you have an answer. I have been fortunate to have a roof of sorts over my grills for years now, but to get to your question, the rain will cool the grill and your cook time will be extended. As for damage to the grill, I don't see how it would increase any more than leaving one out in the weather.

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Posted 20 November 2010 - 01:22 PM

I cooked in the rain before. No harm. Harder to get to temps because the hood keeps cooling it down but it still will work.
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Posted 20 November 2010 - 02:25 PM

i keep mine in the garage in the winter, used it today for bacon...38 degrees outside
my rain day are over..lol
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 09:55 PM

View Postbluesmoke, on Nov 20 2010, 12:00 AM, said:

So it's raining here, hard enough that the hood is staying wet even though the grill is on full blast. I guess that means I'm grill crazy, but I'm wondering if this is an especially dumb idea. Apart filling up the catch pan with water, which I know happens on my Summit, is there any other harm likely to occur because of my idea to grill in the rain?


Smoke, I live in the northbay, and it's raining like crazy,but your not. Friday I covered the 320. Not that it makes any difference. It still gets full of water in the pan and cabinet. I put my owners manual in a ziplock bag. Luckily I have the old 1000 Genni that I don't cover at all...ever. When it's raining, I try to cook something that dosen't require me to be keeping a close eye on it and stay out of the rain. I like to roti, and that's kinda a "set it, and forget it" thing. And great for those rainy days when you don't wanna be standing out there too long, other then to baste , and take a quick temp reading.
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Posted 21 November 2010 - 11:17 PM

grilling in the rain, trying grilling when it's -20 and a foot of snow on when you go out to start the BBQ. that's what we had today.

skewers still turned out great, but took a few minutes longer.

pics are harder to take now though, it gets dark around 5pm.
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 02:07 AM

Well, no major harm done. Water doesn't get in during the cook. The main problems were that I basted less than I ordinarily would have because I didn't want to be standing around in the rain; rain got in my drink; rain got in the mop, which I was simmering on the sideburner; and after the cook, while it was still too hot to put the cover back on, the grill got all wet again and the catchpan filled up. Cook seemed to take a little longer than usual too.

Basically had to take the cover off this morning and towel everything off. I might grill steaks or chops again, but fooling around with a slow and low in the rain is going to require an umbrella or a "pop-up canopy" (what is that, anyway?) or something. Because I can't have my drink getting watered down!
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Posted 22 November 2010 - 06:00 AM

View Postbluesmoke, on Nov 22 2010, 03:07 AM, said:

Well, no major harm done. Water doesn't get in during the cook. The main problems were that I basted less than I ordinarily would have because I didn't want to be standing around in the rain; rain got in my drink; rain got in the mop, which I was simmering on the sideburner; and after the cook, while it was still too hot to put the cover back on, the grill got all wet again and the catchpan filled up. Cook seemed to take a little longer than usual too.

Basically had to take the cover off this morning and towel everything off. I might grill steaks or chops again, but fooling around with a slow and low in the rain is going to require an umbrella or a "pop-up canopy" (what is that, anyway?) or something. Because I can't have my drink getting watered down!


You can't leave your drink in the house while you walk out flip or baste and come back in??????



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Posted 22 November 2010 - 11:20 AM

I use a $25 9' pop-up umbrella. They go on deep discount sale every spring. I buy a new set every 2-3 years. One over the outdoor dining table, one over the grill.

Yes, I get the occasional question about why I have two big umbrellas on my deck - a lot of people can't seem to get past the idea of using a grill if the weather isn't perfect.

Of course if the wind is howling and blowing the rain sideways, I skip the umbrella and put on a poncho.
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Posted 23 November 2010 - 06:54 AM

View Postbluesmoke, on Nov 22 2010, 02:07 AM, said:

Well, no major harm done. Water doesn't get in during the cook. The main problems were that I basted less than I ordinarily would have because I didn't want to be standing around in the rain; rain got in my drink; rain got in the mop, which I was simmering on the sideburner; and after the cook, while it was still too hot to put the cover back on, the grill got all wet again and the catchpan filled up. Cook seemed to take a little longer than usual too.

Basically had to take the cover off this morning and towel everything off. I might grill steaks or chops again, but fooling around with a slow and low in the rain is going to require an umbrella or a "pop-up canopy" (what is that, anyway?) or something. Because I can't have my drink getting watered down!


I laugh at people when I hear them say grillin' season. I grill all year long and in all weather. I will and have dug a path to my grill before I did the driveway after last year's snow.


View Postbluesmoke, on Nov 22 2010, 02:07 AM, said:

Basically had to take the cover off this morning and towel everything off. I might grill steaks or chops again, but fooling around with a slow and low in the rain is going to require an umbrella or a "pop-up canopy" (what is that, anyway?) or something. Because I can't have my drink getting watered down!


Here is a 10x10. I leave it in my building put together for quick and easy access. Collapsed it takes up very little room about the same size as my golf bag. I can have my grill, table and a few chairs under it even in a heavy rain. As long as the winds are not blowing bad everything stays dry.

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Posted 23 November 2010 - 10:42 AM

View PostMotorMouth, on Nov 23 2010, 07:54 AM, said:

Here is a 10x10. I leave it in my building put together for quick and easy access. Collapsed it takes up very little room about the same size as my golf bag. I can have my grill, table and a few chairs under it even in a heavy rain. As long as the winds are not blowing bad everything stays dry.


Where is the Weber grill?????




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Posted 24 November 2010 - 05:23 PM

View Postjowilker, on Nov 23 2010, 10:42 AM, said:

Where is the Weber grill?????




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Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:15 PM

View PostMotorMouth, on Nov 24 2010, 06:23 PM, said:

Real men cook with a gas grill. That's why woman need it in the kitchen to make it easier! :lol:


Say what??




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Posted 24 November 2010 - 07:52 PM

I'll take the heat of summer. minus WHAT degrees??? :lol:
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