Cold Weather Grilling Tips In Winter For Your Charcoal or Gas Grill

The grilling party doesn’t have to stop just because the temperature has dropped.  With a few simple modifications you can keep your gas or charcoal grill cooking even during winter.  Here are some expert tips from our grilling expert to help you answer temperature and storage questions for cold weather cooking!

  • For Best Results – Use a grill cover and keep grill covered during winter
    • This prevents buildup of ice, snow and unwanted moisture
  • Keep Propane tank at least half full or half empty
  • If possible, place grill in a somewhat wind sheltered area
    • This will keep windchill temps down
  • Allow extra time for warm up – 10-15 minutes (depending on outside ambient temps)
  • Weber gas grills will be the least affected by cold weather
    • Cook as you would in warm weather temps after grill is fully pre-heated
  • Weber Charcoal kettles will be the most affected by cold weather
    • Use about 10-15% more charcoal in the kettle to build heat faster and sustain cooking during cold weather
    • Use of a chimney will speed up the ignition time and build heat faster for cooking
    • Cook as you would in warm weather temps after grill is fully pre-heated
    • Allow grill to cool completely, turn off gas and cover

Always follow the manufactures instructions before using any product.  For more tips and advice visit your neighborhood Ace or visit us online at acehardware.com.