Once you learn how to keep grill cover from blowing off, you will have a more pleasant and stress-free time with your grill. The grill covers tend to get carried away, especially if you live in a windy area.
Imagine walking around the neighborhood looking for your grill cover. It’s not fun at all. You may not find your cover in some cases, and you may be forced to buy another one.
To make matters worse, this may happen time after time. These covers do not come cheap, not to mention the time you will be wasting looking for them and shopping for a new one.
If you are shopping for a new outdoor grill cover for a windy location, getting a weighted grill cover will solve the blowing-off problem.
This article is about securing the grill covers. However, you can still use these methods to keep in place your car cover and outdoor furniture covers.
- How to Secure Grill Cover from wind?
How to Secure Grill Cover from wind?
Check out some methods you can use to tighten the BBQ cover against the wind and ensure the cover stays put.
Use Clamps and Bungees Like Gust Guard To Secure The Cover
If you do not want your BBQ cover to go AWOL, you can use a combination of clamps and bungees.
- Start by wrapping your barbecue with the cover.
- Attach the clamps to the bottom part of the cover.
- Fasten the bungee cords under the grill. Your grill cover is now secure.
Suppose you often find that you have to go back to your barbecue and fix the cover repeatedly after the storm or even a couple of gusts of wind. In that case, this is the perfect solution for you.
For a long time, I was a fan of the original Medium Size 24″ Gust Guard but it has been out of stock recently.
The Gust Guard was initially invented to help protect car covers from being blown by the wind. However, you can use them to protect your grill cover, and furniture covers too.
Use Weighted Grill Cover
If you are shopping for a new grill cover and you are aware of the wind problem, you should consider getting a weighted grill cover.
I was aware that many grill owners were searching for a weighted grill cover. Still, I could not find a company that builds or sells weighted covers.
Recently I discovered that CoverSeal makes weighted grill covers that can withstand up to 40 mph winds. The CoverSeal cover has a sand-filled hose attached to the bottom that keeps the cover secured without any straps. The cover is weighted all the way around and keeps it in place. The bonus is that mice and rats will not be able to make a home in your grill because they will have difficulty getting under the weighted cover. The only downside is that you will need two people to remove and put on this heavy cover.
If you have another example of a weighted grill cover, please leave a comment below.
Wrap Covered BBQ With A Bungee Cord
Using bungee cords will prevent your Weber Genesis grill cover from going off with the wind.
- Find a long bungee or a couple of shorter ones and tie them together so you can have one long cord.
- The bungee cord should stretch so it can effectively be wrapped around the cover on the grill.
- Wrap the bungee cord around the grill and cover it. That’s it. Your grill cover will stay on.
You can also use this method to protect your patio furniture cover from being blown off.
You can see how it is done in the video below.
Tuck In The Grill Cover Under The Lid
This is perhaps the simplest way of securing your grill cover. It is important to ensure that the cover you are using fits the grill well.
If the cover is too small, there won’t be anything left to tuck, and if it’s too large, it can be loose and take off anyway.
- Place the cover on the grill as you usually do.
- Lift up the sides of the grill lid a little bit and tuck in the cover edges. The tucked-in part will keep the cover secure.
Here is the video that shows the process and explains it in detail.
Use A Strong Magnet
This is the perfect solution if you don’t feel like dealing with straps or anything related to tying your cover on the grill. A strong magnet will hold your small cover (e.g., the Weber Q grill cover) and prevents it from being blown away by the wind.
You can get the magnet from a dead hard drive. The magnet will stick to the steel on your grill.
The only thing that makes the magnet lose its hold is a hurricane or a tornado. Therefore, you’re good to go with this.
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Use Weights To Hold Down Grill Covers
What can hold your grill cover from blowing away?
The idea is to tie weights like homemade mini sandbags to the grill cover to increase its weight.
Bonus tip: get the right size cover for your grill
Sometimes, your cover may be blown off by the wind because it is not the right size for your grill. A cover that is too small means that it won’t fit the grill properly.
Some sections of the grill cover will be left hanging, which means that it will be easier for it to be lifted off the grill and blown away.
If your grill cover is larger than the grill itself, it will also fly off because it will be loose.
That is why it is advisable to consider the size of your grill when buying a cover. You can get the size by taking measurements of your grill or looking at the different sizes of grill covers.
When taking measurements, make sure you do that from all angles to get its length, width, and height. However, you should pay more attention to the length because you need a cover whose length is a bit longer than that of the grill.
Looking at grill cover sizes can also help you to see which one would fit your grill well.
Related Reading: How To Make A Grill Cover Out Of A Tarp
We love our grill covers, and they serve us well. However, the covers are subjected to some harsh elements because they are outdoors. One of those elements is the wind, which sometimes carries off the cover, leaving you to search for it or go back to buy another one.
I have provided you few solutions to keep your barbeque covers from blowing off. The universal solution that will keep any cover in place is tarp clips from Sudopru and a Cartman bungee cord set. These are easy to install and will work wonders in keeping your grill cover (as well as your car cover and outdoor furniture cover) securely in place.
If you’re shopping for a new grill cover for a windy location, getting a weighted grill cover will solve the blowing-off problem. These covers have added weight sewn into them, which helps to anchor them down, preventing them from flying away. They’re also a great option if you live in an area that experiences heavy rainfalls, as the added weight will prevent water from pooling on top of the cover.
There are various ways of achieving grill cover security, and you can choose which one works best for you. You can even try out a couple of methods to find the perfect one. Personally, I prefer using a combination of tarp clips and bungee cords for added security.
Say goodbye to losing grill covers and hello to peace of mind. With these tips, you can go on with your activities without being worried about losing your cover.
And if you have more tips about how to keep a grill cover on, please leave a comment below! I’m always on the lookout for new and innovative ideas.