What to look for when buying a BBQ cover
When buying an outdoor cover for a gas BBQ, it’s important to consider several factors to ensure that you get the best protection for this beloved piece of outdoor culinary equipment. Here are some key things to look for when buying the right BBQ cover:
1. Size and Fit
It seems obvious, but Kiwis sometimes get this wrong. Your first and most important consideration when buying an outdoor cover is size and fit. The cover should be the right size for your BBQ, with enough room for the entire unit, including any attached side shelves or other accessories. A good fit will help to prevent wind from getting under the cover and potentially causing damage to your bbq or ripping the cover. Make sure to measure your BBQ before buying a cover, and choose one designed to fit your specific size, shape and model.
Look for a cover made from durable, weather-resistant materials that can stand up to the tough New Zealand elements of both hot and cold. Most BBQ covers are made from vinyl, polyester, or canvas materials. Vinyl covers are lightweight and easy to clean but may not be as durable as other materials. Polyester and canvas covers are typically more durable but may be heavier and more difficult to clean.
3. Weather Resistance
Outdoor covers for gas barbecues should be able to withstand all conditions, including rain, snow, wind, and sun. Look for a water-resistant or waterproof cover that provides good UV protection to prevent fading and cracking. The cover should also be able to withstand strong winds without tearing or coming loose. To ensure a snug fit, look for covers with reinforced seams or elasticized hems.
While it is important for an outdoor cover to be water-resistant, it is also important to provide adequate ventilation. Moisture can accumulate under a cover and cause mould, mildew growth, rust, and corrosion. Look for covers with vents or mesh panels that allow air circulation to prevent moisture build-up.
5. Ease of use
The best outdoor cover for a gas BBQ should be easy to use and maintain. Look for an easy cover to put on and take off with a secure closure system such as Velcro straps or buckles. The cover should also be easy to clean and maintain, with the ability to be wiped down with a damp cloth or hosed off as needed.
6. Brand compatibility
Many barbecue manufacturers offer covers designed specifically for their products, even though the shapes are often very similar across models of two, three and four-burner BBQs in New Zealand. These covers are often made to fit the BBQ perfectly and may offer additional features such as a built-in thermometer or side vents. If you have a specific brand of BBQ, it may be worth considering a cover from the same manufacturer. Having said that, the quality range of Gasmate BBQ covers fits most similar models on the market.
When buying an outdoor cover for your cherished barbecue, it is important to consider these key factors because, with the right cover, you can protect your BBQ from the elements and extend its lifespan.