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Outdoor Storage for Your BBQ Space

So you love to grill and have a sweet barbecue set up just the way you like it. But you’re tired of draggin’ everything in and out of the garage or storage place you use when you’re not grilling. Or maybe you’ve got a nice deck setup where your lovely lovely grill can hang out but you don’t really have a place to store all the other stuff – the coals, the wood chips, the extra gas canisters, all the stuff that seems to go with grilling. You’d like to spring for a full-on outdoor kitchen (who wouldn’t) but times are tight. You need some outdoor storage for all your bbq stuff, but what’s a poor guy to do?

Simple. Man up and realize that solutions are far closer and simpler than you think.

If you’re wanting to go the route of a pseudo outdoor kitchen then feel free to start a-building onto your deck. If you’ve got the know-how and a few plans then have at it. If you have the ideas but not the skills then you’re going to need to pay somebody for their troubles or bribe them with food or some sort of compensation. Don’t overlook the re-purposing of used material and supplies. Your local dump or recycling center or wherever used furniture gets disposed of can be a treasure trove if you don’t mind used stuff for outdoor storage of your bbq supplies.

However, if you’re looking for something less permanent there are a whole lot of other storage options and they usually begin with plastic. Rubbermaid is often the undisputed king (or queen) of the plastic storage accessory but that doesn’t mean your local store won’t have some awesome choices as well. Other companies do a fine job in this field, but Rubbermaid pretty much dominates all.

You are probably going to be looking for either a storage box or more of a storage shed with doors. Boxes will be more flexible in size and where you can put them, but the downside is everything kind of goes in on top of each other. The storage shed style is nice in the fact that you’ve got doors that open up so you can easily get in and look at what you’ve got and what you need. The drawback is the size and price – these things are neither small nor cheap.

We’ve got a few choices from Amazon that we like the looks of, both shed style and box style. Go ahead and take a look and see if anything fits the bill for you. One thing to keep in mind though – plastic isn’t perfect. High heat, direct sun and really really cold temperatures, like Minnesota cold, can make it live a short miserable life.

Take a look and let us know what you think.

Love That Barbecue

Shopping For New Gas Grills

Barbecuing is a popular national pastime here in the United States, and around the world.  All over the world, people love to barbecue.  It may not be exactly the same style of cooking, the food may be different, the recipes are not going to be the same, but the act of getting around over an open flame and cooking and eating food together is almost universal.

The first step to barbecuing is buying a grill.  While charcoal grills are still very common and very popular, many people these days love the ease of cooking on gas grills.  Especially for larger grill and crowds, gas grills are the only logical choice.

But what kind of gas grills should a person be looking at?  The first thing to consider is how portable the grill needs to be.  Does it need to be put in the back of a pickup truck often or only occasionally?  Does it need to be put in the back of a car?  Will it only be rolled from the garage to the patio?  Or is it not going to be moved at all?  Are you looking at buying an outdoor kitchen or something you can grill a hotdog or two at the park with your friends? Answering the question of portability first will help in the decision-making process.

Once the portability issue is decided, we can move on to the type of gas to be used.  No, we’re not talking about gasoline.  Virtually all gas grills will run off of either propane or natural gas with propane being the most common for portable grills.  For people who have natural gas hookups at their house and don’t plan on moving the grill that much, natural gas may be an option.  However, for the large majority of people across these United States, propane gas will be the fuel of choice for their gas grills.  It’s not epically important, but it is something that should be decided and asked about before purchasing something that may not fit your circumstance.

Once the issue of size, or portability, and the type of gas being used is decided, the rest comes down to features, price and look.  Because gas grills use gas, which is far more flammable than charcoal or wood, it would be wise to purchase gas grills from recognized brands and businesses.  Going with a no-name brand from a hole in the wall that you’ve never seen before could be a recipe for trouble.  Buy from an established business, whether in your local area or on the internet.  Also, try to purchase one of the better-known brands.  This won’t insure that you will purchase a quality gas grill, but it will help you on the road to a quality gas grill that you can enjoy for many years to come.

Although not of huge importance, be sure you look into grill covers, grill accessories and maybe even a grill set when you are shopping for gas grills.  You may have some left over from your previous gas grill, and if you are happy with them, then great.  However, some gas grills require specialized tools, so don’t be shy about buying the right accessories for them when you buy the grill.  You’ll be glad you did in the long run.

It doesn’t really matter if you buy charcoal grills or gas grills.  We here at Love That Barbecue think both are good in different situations.  But just make sure that whatever you buy, you don’t go overboard on the price.  Make a budget and stick to it.  Buying a new gas grill shouldn’t be a painful experience.  Just think of all the cookouts you’ll be having for years to come.