Winterizing your outdoor kitchen

Winterizing your outdoor kitchen

During the warmer parts of the year you likely spend a significant amount of time outdoors enjoying your outdoor kitchen. When winter rolls in however, it is important that you take the time to winterize your outdoor kitchen so that it will be ready for use when the days start to warm up in spring. There are several important steps to take, including the following.

Get everything spotless and clean before you shut things up for the winter months. Cleaning your outdoor kitchen before winter rolls in will ensure that everything is in tip-top shape for use in the spring. Clean off the grills, clean off countertops, and tidy up the patio space so that it is free from dirt and debris.

Do any minor repairs that could be needed, including patching up damaged outdoor furniture or ensuring that your grill and smoker are in excellent working condition. It is much easier to repair things today than it is to leave them for another day.

Ensure that all patio and outdoor furniture is either covered or put away in a garage, basement, or garden shed. This will help to protect your outdoor furniture from damage it could otherwise sustain from being exposed to the elements during the winter months, and it can also extend the life of your furniture.

Any pipes in your outdoor kitchen should also be winterized. This could involve shutting off the water source and covering the pipes with protective foam insulation. Exposed pipes can easily burst during the coldest parts of the winter and leave you with an expensive and inconvenient mess to contend with.

If your outdoor grills and other cooking devices are installed then you should at the very least cover them with waterproof covers. Too much excess water can quickly lead to rust and rapidly shorten the lifespan of your outdoor kitchen appliances. If the grills, smokers, and other kitchen accessories can be readily moved, then consider storing them in the garage or garden shed so that they are protected from the elements.

Offer protection for the plants that otherwise spend the summer months in your outdoor kitchen. Whether bringing them indoors or moving them to a sheltered space, the more protection they have the more likely it will be that they are ready and blooming in the spring.

With just a bit of attention given to your outdoor kitchen, you’ll find that you are much more prepared to fully take advantage of the space once again when the snow recedes and the temperatures are much more agreeable to spending time outdoors.

Are you interested in learning more about wintering your outdoor kitchen? Don’t hesitate to contact the garden center staff. They will be happy to give you the advice you need to ensure your outdoor cooking spaces are ready for your first spring barbeque.
 

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