Folks have been asking me what I want for Christmas and I am having a hard time coming up with suggestions. I already have a great grill and just about every grilling gadget that has ever been made.
One thing that I don’t have, and people want to get me, is a grill cover. I have mixed feelings about covers and wanted to throw my thoughts out there.
Why You Should Have A Grill Cover
There are a bunch of reasons why you want to use a grill cover.
- It keeps rain out of the grill which helps the grates last longer.
- It keeps bird poop off the grill (I have a LOT of cardinals at my bird feeders).
- It keeps the ashes dry so they do not form a corrosive soup that eats up the ash catcher.
- The manufacturer says you should use one.
While these benefits are nice they don’t really make me want to buy one. Here is why…
Why You Don’t Want A Grill Cover
I love the way my grill looks. I consider my Weber kettle to be a useable sculpture of maroon porcelain enameled metal. I don’t really want to hide my grill!
I have a heavy duty stainless steel cooking grate and stainless steel charcoal grate. I am not worried about them rusting through for another five years.
Where do you put the cover while you are grilling? I do most of my grilling in the evening and the grill is not cool enough to put a cover on until late at night when I am in bed. Do you just leave the cover lying around on your deck?
Covers don’t last. My grill is going to last me another 10 years and a standard issue cover only lasts about three years. I would end up buying three covers over the remaining life of my grill. The total cost of those covers would be close to the original price of the grill!
But the biggest reason I don’t want a cover is that it is one more barrier between me and an evening of grilling. There are nights when I think about all of the steps involved in grilling some wings…lighting the charcoal, waiting for the coals to ash, etc. and I end up just going to Hooters instead. I don’t need one more step in the process and I sure as heck don’t want to end up with the Out of Sight Out of Mind issue.
I am afraid getting a cover would make me grill less. That would not make me happy.
What About You?
Do you use a cover, want a cover or do you just let your grill stand around naked?
Have any great suggestions for last minute gifts for grilling fanatics???
Drop a comment and let me know!