As the temperature drops, have you decided to get your wood barbecue pellet smoker ready for winter? Are you winterizing your summer home (as well as your grill) and want to make sure that they’re both in the best condition possible when you return in the spring? During this time of year, sure, you can continue to do plenty of pellet grilling. But, this is also the time when plenty of folks pack it in for winter, too. Below are some basic tips to protect your grill during the winter months.
Clean Your Grill (Then Clean it Some More)
We really can’t overstate the importance of cleaning your grill as much as you can. Really, as a good rule of thumb, clean your grill and, if you feel like you’ve cleaned it enough, go back and clean it some more. If you’re going to be away from your grill for months, remember: any bit of food or grease, no matter how tiny, can attract the attention of bugs, mites, bacteria, and more – all of which while you’re far from it. Nothing wrong with getting in there with a wire brush, natural degreasers, and cleaners, and going to town on it.
Put it Under Cover
A pellet grill isn’t the kind of thing that can be left out in the winter to fend for itself. Anything you can do to get it under a cover for the winter would be best. A garage, a storage facility, a basement, etc. If you can’t do any of that, even a shed or awning is something.
By that same token, nothing wrong with wrapping it up as well. Covering it in a tarp you can trust is one further step you can take to protect your grill from that which would harm it.
Disconnect for the Winter
This may sound obvious, but you would be amazed at how many folks forget to do this: disconnect your grill from the power lines. There’s nothing wrong with repeating that so that you get it in your head: disconnect your grill from power. Today’s pellet grills are, for the most part, technologically advanced machines. As such, there are many electronics and other forms of cutting-edge tech inside them. Leaving them connected to power is a good way to inadvertently fry them when you aren’t around.
Wood Barbecue Pellets to Get the Most from Your Grill
Those are just some of the steps that you can take to get your grill ready for next spring, summer, and beyond. That said, just because we wrote this article, that doesn’t mean that you have to put your grill into storage just yet. Indeed, this is the perfect time for grilling for your tailgate, for the family reunion, even for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and more.
To see all of the ways that our pellets can help to improve your grilling, you can check them out at our site or by going to The Home Depot site as well.