Every BBQ deserves care and attention. That’s why so many of our models come with optional BBQ covers. Scroll to the end of this post to check and see if there’s one for your BBQ. In the meantime, here’s what you need to know.
Why buy a BBQ cover?
Large barbecues are built to stay outdoors. Not many of us have the space to store a great big machine like that over winter and bring it indoors every time it rains. They’re made from materials that resist the weather well but like any outdoor item there’s bird poo to think of, plus dust, mud, dead leaves, mould and mildew. By the end of the winter your barbie needs a thorough clean. In these circumstances a cover is a really good idea.
Smaller BBQs are also made for the outdoors but their size means most people can stash theirs somewhere dry through the worst of the weather. Plenty of us have shed or garage space for a regular kettle barbecue or a tabletop BBQ. And that’s why we stock special covers for larger BBQs – and why there’s not a lot of demand for very small BBQ covers.
The many benefits of BBQ covers
- They’re designed for the specific model or range
- Because they fit properly, often carefully shaped, they stay put. Many have straps, Velcro or both for extra confidence
- Condensation has been designed out thanks to innovative materials and the right level of ventilation
- A BBQ cover is so much better-looking than a tarp or plastic sheeting
- Usually black, the subtle colour blends into the background and doesn’t clash with your garden in any way
- It does a top job of keeping your machine dry and clean, ready to fire up the next time you’re enjoying the outdoors
- There’s much less BBQ maintenance. Just wipe it down with a damp cloth
- Use it all year round, not just through winter, to keep your barbie clean and ready for action
- Good care means your machine will last even longer
- The covers themselves are easy-clean
What about chimenea covers?
There’s such a thing as chimenea covbers, and they’re just as handy. If you have a clay chimenea but no room to bring it into the dry in winter, buy an insulated cover to protect it against cracking in the frost. And you can buy transparent or opaque single-skin covers for the warmer months, just to keep dirt and so on off the surface and keep your chimenea dry.
Metal chims also deserve covering to keep them clean and dry, but there’s no need for an insulated chimenea cover because steel and cast iron don’t freeze or crack.