Posted on September 16, 2015 Topic(s): Cooking
We’ve had a terrific run of hot weather this summer in the Okanagan, prompting many cooking enthusiasts to fire up the grills in their outdoor kitchens. Now that the weather is slowly starting to turn, it’s time to start preparing for the onset of fall and winter. Our Kelowna appliances experts have come up with a handy checklist to make sure you’ve got all your bases covered.
While outdoor grills can be used year-round (at least by those daring enough to cook in frigid temperatures), other outdoor kitchen appliances need to be winterized to avoid damaging them in sub-zero weather.
Ideally, these maintenance items should be done before the first frosts hit because once they do, you’ll be at risk of burst pipes and other damage.
There are a number of refrigeration units designed specifically for use in an outdoor kitchen:
Fortunately, many of these units are built to withstand winter conditions. They just need to be unplugged before it starts to freeze (check with your owner’s manual to be certain).
You should also empty these appliances of any food or drinks, and give them a thorough cleaning inside and out while you’re at it. To protect those stainless steel appliances Kelowna homeowners love, apply a coating of polish.
These appliances don’t really need winterization. As long as you can withstand flipping burgers in the cold, you can cook outdoors 12 months of the year. However, fall is an ideal time to give these items a cleaning to remove all of the grease and grime that builds up during heavy usage in summer.
If you don’t intend on using your grill this winter, turn off the gas supply.
Burst water lines are one of the biggest risks with outdoor kitchens in winter. All water must to be drained from the supply lines and faucets before it freezes. This includes:
As an added precaution, our Kelowna appliances specialists also recommend removing faucets and storing them indoors during winter.
Similar to refrigeration units, keg tappers require minimal maintenance. The most important thing is to drain and clean your lines, then remove all kegs (empty or full) indoors for storage.
You’ll need to follow similar instructions for cleaning water lines (see above), plus you’ll need to unplug the unit and remove any remaining ice from the storage compartment.
Fall is an ideal time to purge your cabinets of anything that is expired or not needed. For counters, applying a coat of an appropriate sealant (for wood or stainless steel) will keep them looking new.
If you’re on the market for an outdoor grill, before you start shopping at Kelowna appliance stores, read our post: How Do You Find the Best BBQ (For You) in Kamloops?
Are you looking to upgrade from an outdoor grill to a complete outdoor kitchen? Come and visit the Kelowna appliances experts at Genier’s. Our live showroom is sure to inspire you.