Winter is officially well underway, many of us in Eastern North American have already been experiencing the chill of the season. You’ve probably already packed up the grill, right? Not so fast! Follow these tips to keep the grill going all season.
First, Cold Can Affect Fuel Performance
You know that liquid propane evaporation creates the pressure and vapour necessary to supply your grill with fuel. What you may not know is that once the temperature plunges below -45°F (-43°C), propane doesn’t vaporize… at all. The closer you get to this temperature, the less propane will boil and evaporate.
On extremely cold days, you may notice hindered performance. Your grill will light properly, but the flame will lose intensity. There is nothing wrong with your grill, but there isn’t much you can do other than wait for the weather to warm up.
If you’re fortunate enough to have your grill connected to your natural gas line, performance should not be impeded by the cold.
Alternatively, you can just keep your gas grill covered on these days. Instead, take the opportunity to fire up your Broil King Keg. Its insulated double-walled steel body is 2.5 times more thermally efficient, making it virtually immune to cold weather!
Here are some more dos and don’ts of winter grilling.
Be patient. When it’s cold, and especially if it’s windy, it’s going to take a bit longer to heat up your grill and it will have to work harder to maintain the heat. Be patient, plan for longer cooking times, and be sure to have plenty of fuel on hand.
Grill with the lid closed. While our friends over at AmazingRibs.com debunked the myth that “if you’re lookin’, you ain’t cookin’,” they make it clear that leaving the lid open for more than a minute in cold weather will sap the heat from inside of your grill.
Have a grill light on hand. The days are shorter in the winter, and it’s usually dark well before dinner is ready. Invest in a grill light, and attach it to your grill right before you start cooking. When you’re done, store the light indoors; the LED light can handle the cold, but batteries can’t.
Cover your grill. Take the time to cover your grill with a properly-fitting cover. It’s a better way to remove all the snow and expose a snow free grill. Otherwise, you have to wait for the ice and snow to melt off — and exposure to the elements can shorten your grill’s lifespan!
Grill indoors or in your garage. Bottom line: gas and open flames indoors is dangerous. Grills produce exhaust that is dangerous in enclosed spaces.
Leave your grill uncovered all winter. Not only can rain and snow cause rust, but your control knobs can fill with water and freeze solid. If they can’t turn, you can’t turn the gas on and you may have to replace the knobs in the spring if the ice expands and cracks them.
Miss out on using snow to clean your cooking grids. Take advantage of pristine water from Mother Nature! If you don’t have our Broil King Ice Brush you can fill the head of your current grill brush with snow and give your grids a scrub.
Underdress. Standing outside, shivering is not a good time. Dress for the weather and invest in a quality pair of leather grilling gloves to protect your hands from the cold (and heat!).
Wear socks and sandals. Save your friends and family the spectacle. Summer is over. Pack up the sandals, bust out the boots, and get grilling!