Outdoor grills are fun items to have for outdoor entertaining during the summer. But what should you do with it when inclement weather starts during late fall and through the winter? You have the option of storing it inside or just leaving it outside until it’s time to fire up the barbecue again next summer.

Considering how heavy it is, your better option is leaving it outside for the entire winter. This means you have some things to do in preparing your grill so it withstands any chance of wicked weather.

Before Anything Else, Clean Your Grill

You may still have food particles and grease on your grill from barbecues this last summer. Before preparation for winter, take a half hour to clean it thoroughly to prevent any dangers when turning it on next summer. Food particles could possibly catch fire or just create an unpleasant sight when turning on your grill again.

Taking Care of the Gas Line

Once your grill is clean, you need to turn the gas line off before you forget. That’s important to avoid any fire hazards during the winter or next barbecue season. As far as removing the gas tubes, it’s going to be up to you. Some sites say you should leave them connected through the winter. If you do remove the gas tubes, be sure to read your manual carefully to do this carefully. Every grill model is going to be different, and you don’t want to cause damage to your gas line to avoid hazards.

Removing the Burner and Preparing it for Winter

As you take care of the gas line, you should lift out the burner on your grill and inspect it. You should also bring out some cooking oil and spray it on the burner to provide a protective coating so you’ll avoid rust during the winter. Any other metal parts around the grill should also be sprayed to prevent the buildup of moisture.

Wrapping Up Removed Parts of Your Grill

Wrapping things in durable plastic is common when preparing things for winter. It’s no different with your grill. If this is the first winter your grill will be outside, you need to wrap the burner thoroughly in a plastic bag if you’re going to store it outdoors. This prevents any insects from getting into the gas tubes that could potentially cause a fire when reconnected.

As far as the gas tank, you can remove it and wrap it in plastic. You should keep it outdoors for safety due to the fire hazard of storing it in a garage or other indoor storage space. Be sure to place a protective covering over the body of the grill so that next monstrous winter storm doesn’t turn your grill into a pile of rust come June.

If you’re still looking for an outdoor grill to use next summer, come visit us here at Lawn & Leisure. We sell everything related to outdoor living as well as servicing those items when it’s necessary.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you already bought an outdoor grill from us and it needs servicing before next summer. Representing Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., we’re here to help make outdoor life more stylish and enjoyable for you year-round.