Walk through any neighborhood in America at almost any time of the year, and you will see that most homes have one thing in common. The vast majority of them have a barbecue grill sitting on their patio or somewhere else on the property. Summertime barbecuing is one of the most popular warm-weather activities for many people, and for true grill masters, the backyard grill is a prized possession. Of course, the presence of all of these grills requires some means of protection to ensure that they are not ruined by their almost inevitable contact with the harsh elements. BBQ grill covers are the answer to this pressing need and one of the most useful items in any grill ensemble.
What they are
BBQ covers are, quite simply, a protective cover that ensures that your prized grill is shielded from snow, rain, bugs, and the many animals that can wreak havoc on your property. Water and metal don’t mix well, as anyone who’s grill has ever been overcome by rust can readily attest. Of course, not all covers are equal, and some are more useful than others in prolonging the life of your grill. Also, some types of grill benefit more from certain types of grill covers than others.
The charcoal grill
If you have a charcoal grill, you already know just how dirty they can get. These grills are the ones that absolutely must have the very best BBQ covers if you want them to last for any real length of time. For the charcoal grill, most experts recommend an excellent vinyl cover, both for its ability to avoid dust and dirt, as well as its overall durability and ease of cleaning. While there are meal covers that some people use for their charcoal grills, the fact is that these other covers generally don’t fit as well or last as long as the vinyl types.
Where gas grills are concerned, the first thing to recognize is that they have different needs than charcoal units. The main threat to your gas grill is that posed by water. While the gas grill does not tend to get as dirty as the charcoal variety, water is an ever-present threat that can quickly ruin your unit. For that reason, your gas grill cover should fit perfectly on the grill and be able to shield the unit from any rain or moisture. It doesn’t matter which material you use as long as the cover fits snugly over the grill.
Knowing which type of BBQ covers are best for your particular grill is an essential part of determining the best kind of security for your grill. The bottom line is that you spend hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars for the grill of your dreams, and that is an investment that is worth protecting. A cover is simply the best way to ensure that your expensive grill provides you with years of backyard grilling pleasure.
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