With winter here and snowstorms hitting all over the country, it’s important not to forget to protect our patios and the expensive grills and furniture that rest there. Most patio furniture is built with the summer heat in mind. It can easily withstand the sun and high temperatures, but by the time the first freeze hits, it’s important for all patio furniture to seek shelter.
Unlike grills, which can be utilized throughout the year when you use one of our custom fit grill covers, other furniture that is made of aluminum or wicker will need to be placed in a shed, garage or storage facility. The key is to not just pick these things up and start moving them.
It’s vital that everything gets properly cleaned before heading to storage. Each different type of material requires a different type of cleaning. For instance, metal and wicker sets will often have a sealant applied to it to protect against the summer elements. In order to protect the integrity of the sealant, nothing stronger than a mild soap and water should be utilized.
The toughest patio furniture to clean are sets that feature cushions and umbrellas. There’s a lot of debris that gets stuck in these cushions and within the umbrella. The good news is that a lot of the time the covers on the furniture can be washed directly in your home’s washer and dryer. Of course, please read the instructions labeled by the manufacturer before throwing these covers for a tumble. Umbrellas will need to be wiped clean with some soap and water and then wrapped for safe storage. Old towels can serve as a simple and effective wrapping tool that secures the integrity of the umbrella.
When it comes to where exactly to store your belongings, the most important factors are humidity control and security of the shelter. Patio furniture is expensive, so be sure to invest in a lock for an outdoor shed or simply utilize some extra space in your garage or basement. Keep in mind when it comes to the grills, that our outdoor grill covers make it possible to fire up the grill for all sorts of winter meals. Of course, we don’t blame you if you think the food will taste that much better come spring time!
Depending on where you live, many people put their grills away for the winter season. You also run into people who never stop grilling. They love to stand in front of the grill and cook a nice meal for their family no matter the time of year or the temperature. That’s why so many people believe that it’s never too cold to grill.
There’s just something different when you bite into a steak or chicken breast that has been grilled compared to cooked in a skillet or in an oven. The grill adds so much flavor to the food that you might not be able to add when cooking on a traditional range indoors. This is especially true if you’ve left just a little bit of remnants on the grill from the last time you used it. This is a great idea if you grill steak two times in a row.
Many people enjoy grilling in the winter because it’s not nearly as hot when doing so. When you grill in the summer months you not only have to deal with the heat and humidity from the environment but also the heat from the grill. The heat from the grill is a great way to stay warm when grilling outdoors in the winter months.
Grilling in the winter is also a great way to open your lungs. If you haven’t felt good the cold, dry air can help to open things up a bit for you. Why not kill two birds with one stone by cooking dinner and trying to get better at the same time?
The next time someone tells you it’s too cold to grill, take the tray of food and head outside. It’s never too cold to grill and outdoor grill covers can keep your grill clean all year long.
Labor Day Weekend has come and gone and it’s easy to get dejected about the end of summer season. However, grilling season is just getting good! If you’re like the majority of people who only grill burgers and dogs during the summer, it’s time to change it up. As the leaves fall in your backyard, the prices of beef will be dropping as well.
According to the Chicago Tribune, “this year is expected to be the largest commercial beef production year since 2011.” It’s a simple case of supply and demand. With more beef out there, consumers will benefit from competitive pricing. Let’s take a look at some of the best meat dishes for fall that will help you put off putting on your gas grill covers for the winter season.
BLT Burgers – We poked fun at grilling enthusiasts who only make burgers and dogs, but there is no denying how delicious a good burger can be! This fall make the switch to 90% lean ground beef and ditch the bun. By weaving four bacon pieces together, you can create a bacon bun that will have you saying good bye to carbs and hello to the flavor.
Grilled Cheesesteak Packs – Ever consider making Philly cheesesteaks on your grill that aren’t terrible for you? Probably not – but you can. A nice lean flank steak takes center stage in this dish. You can slice steak to desired thinness and mix it with peppers, garlic, onions and some salt and pepper in a bowl. From there you move the mixture to some tin foil and wrap them up for your grill. After about ten minutes on the grill, unwrap them to throw on your cheese of choice. We recommend provolone. Cover them up for two minutes and you have a healthy cheesesteak dish that your whole family will love.
Sirloin Steak Skewers – When it comes to affordable meats that offer great taste and low-fat content, you can’t do much better than a sirloin.If you’re in a time crunch during back to school season, consider steak skewers. Steak, peppers, scallions and folded up tortillas can be skewered quickly. Throw on some salt and pepper and some olive oil and seven or so minutes on the grill should provide you with a medium rare steak that is too good to be true.
The grill has become the staple of the backyard. So many people either purchase a standalone grill for their backyard or have one installed in a brick wall they have built. Others have gas grills installed next to their fire pits. Millions of people gather around the grill during the spring and summer months each year. Today, we will discuss the importance of outdoor grill covers.
Weathering can happen to even the best grills on the market if you leave them outside long enough. If you don’t have room to store your grill in the winter months, it’s a good idea to purchase a grill cover. The grill cover helps to protect the grill from rain, the wind, rust, dirt, and other environmental items that can damage it.
Keep Pests Out
A grill cover is also good for keeping pests out. This includes bugs, bees, wasps, squirrels and other animals who might want to make a home inside the grill. Grills are a popular place for bees and wasps to build their nests because of the shade. A grill cover can prevent these bugs and animals from finding a home inside the grill, either under the grates or where the propane tank is stored.
Ready to Use
A grill that has a cover on it whenever not in use will always be ready to use once the cover is removed. You won’t have to clean the grates or spend time removing a nest of wasps when you utilize a grill cover. You will spend less time scrubbing the grill to prepare it for a meal when you use a cover, which means you have more time to enjoy family and friends.
Looking for outdoor grill covers that fit your grill properly? Contact Creative Covers today to have a grill cover custom made to fit the grill you own.
Whether you and your family love traditional summer favorites like hot dogs and burgers or you like to make the grill your official summer cooking destination for everything from chicken and kabobs to pizza pies, there’s nothing like a meal fresh off the grill. We want to ensure that you get to enjoy these meals summer after summer and it’s why we offer outdoor grill covers to protect your grill from the elements, but it’s also why the theme of this post is grill maintenance. There are things you can be doing after every meal to ensure that your grill can be relied upon for delicious meals day in and day out.
There’s a lot of strain put on your grill during the summer months and maintenance is a must. Without it, you run the risk of lower temperatures, increased sticking of food to the grates and uneven heat. As soon as you take off your outdoor grill cover, every meal should begin with some high heat. Turn your grill on high heat and close it. Allow for 10-15 minutes of burning to turn any leftover residue from your last meal to ash. A high quality stainless steel brush should then be used to wipe away debris and provide a clean grilling surface that will help ensure what you put on the grill is all that you eat and all that you taste.
It’s a good idea to clean your cook box at least once per month. Obviously, this should be done when the grill is completely cool. Remove cooking grates and any bars. Use your grill brush to find all grease and debris in the area that’s been left over from previous cooking sessions and move them to the bottom tray. It’s then simple enough to discard and have your grill in tiptop shape.
Beyond the interior of your grill, don’t forget to acknowledge the cleanliness of the exterior. In particular, wipe down the side tables regularly. This is not only key to maintaining a proper appearance, but it’s also a great way to keep your family safe through sanitation as side items will be placed on those side tables regularly. Microfiber towels are the best tool for this job, but you can use paper towels as well. Keep one of outdoor grill covers on when the grill isn’t in use and your grill will look as great as the food you are making tastes.