Are You Using Your Pizza Oven or BBQ In Autumn & Winter…..

Just remember why should you only use your pizza oven and BBQ in the summer. Lets take after the americas, they have similar season to us in the U.K

Its all about looking after your outdoor cooking appliance at the same as using it,
Caring for your barbecue in Autumn & winter

Many gas BBQs have to be replaced because the gas burners or metal body succumb to rust over the winter months. Follow our tips to stop the rust setting in and to keep your BBQ in working order after the winter.

1. Protect your BBQ from the elements

Rust usually starts because the metal surfaces of a BBQ get damaged and then damp.  So the the ideal place to store your BBQ is in a shed or garage, away from rain, frost and freezing temperatures. Otherwise it’s wise to invest in a BBQ cover, which will cost from £15 to £60. Look for a cover that fits well and is easy to put on and take off. Covers have a habit of blowing off in strong winds, so look for one that has strong ties to attach it to the frame or use a rope to tie it on.

2. How to stop cooking grates from rusting Damaging the surface or coating on your cooking grills/grids/grates can let rust get a foothold. You need to treat the different types of grill materials in different ways to stop this happening.

Cast-iron grills

These rust easily unless they’re kept seasoned. After cleaning the grill with warm soapy water and removing any rust with steel wool, dry thoroughly and then wipe over with a highly saturated solid fat such as lard or palm oil. Put them back in the BBQ with the burners on medium heat for a while, then leave them to cool before storing.

Stainless-steel grills

After cleaning with a steel brush and warm soapy water dry the grills, then apply a light layer of vegetable oil before storing them away.

Chrome-coated wire grills

Avoid cleaning these with wire wool which can damage the surface – just wash them with hot, soapy water. Use a chrome cleaner if necessary. To prevent rusting, wipe them with cooking oil after rinsing and drying.

3. Final BBQ checks

Before you put your gas BBQ away, take a bit of time to check the hose that connects the gas bottle to the BBQ. Remove fat or oil deposits and check the hose for kinks, splits and signs that the rubber is perishing; if it is order a replacement hose before next spring. Store the hose away from frost and direct sunlight.

Storing your cooking gas

Do: Store gas bottles in an upright position in a well-ventilated place Ensure gas bottles are stored away from heat and ignition sources Make sure gas bottles are stored outdoors, away from building entry/exit points, drains, frost and direct sunlight

Don’t:

Store gas bottles below ground level Keep gas bottles near any corrosive, toxic or oxidant material