Cold Weather Grilling Tips – All Grills

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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but grilling in winter can be so delightful.  Especially with some good cold weather tips from Ace.

Cold Weather Cooking Tips:

Cold Weather Tips – Weber
  • 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
  Cold Weather Tips – Big Green Egg
  • For Best Results – Use a grill cover and keep grill covered during winter
    • This prevents buildup of ice, snow and unwanted moisture
  • 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)
  • Do not use torches or fluids to light the lump charcoal.  Use fire starters in the winter months
    • Firestarters allow the egg to come up to temp gradually and will help prevent temperature shock cracking
  • If using any egg-cessories like conveggtor, pizza stone, etc…
    • During winter months I store all Egg-cessories inside to help prevent temperature shock cracking
    • Preheat Conveggtor or pizza stone in oven to 200 degrees
      • Use heavy duty heat proof gloves and marry the warmed conveggtor or pizza stone to the preheating egg, at the 200 degree temperature mark
    • Cook as you would in warm weather temps after grill is fully pre-heated
    • Allow grill to cool completely, close all vents and cover
  Cold Weather Tips – Traeger
  • For Best Results – Use a grill cover and keep grill covered during winter
    • This prevents buildup of ice, snow and unwanted moisture
  • For Best cold weather results use the Traeger Insulated Blanket
    • Blanket should only be used when outside temperature is below 35 degrees
  • 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)
    • Cook as you would in warm weather temps after grill is fully pre-heated
    • Allow grill to cool completely, close all vents and cover
  • For low and slow cooking, you may need to adjust your temps to be 25 – 50 degrees hotter than normal.  Based on outside temperature.