ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Outdoor BBQ Gazebo

Updated on June 14, 2013

Installing My New Outdoor BBQ Gazebo

It's Spring and time to work outside, live outside and cook outside. We Canadians have to take advantage of the nice weather as much as we can so putting up this outdoor BBQ gazebo is going to let me fully enjoy the BBQ in almost any weather.

It went well and for the most part I put it together by myself. Following the instructions saved me from missing and important step and I can see where missing that step would produce frustrating results. No one is watching, so read the instructions. Nine times out of ten they are just pictures.

As usual the wind started to pick up just as I started putting the unit together but it didn't amount to much and I put the kit together in a mere hour of leisurely paced construction. With many stops to keep hydrated of course. That what weekends are for is it not?

As you can see my huge stainless steel BBQ barely fit between the uprights so it is a good idea to measure your BBQ first.

(Photo credits)

We Needed A Outdoor BBQ Gazebo

Our deck is uncovered and until I build a permanent cover we needed an outdoor BBQ gazebo to protect the BBQ from the elements and allow us to use the BBQ more often. Last year we bought a cheap outdoor gazebo that covered a 10' x 10' area and it worked great for the summer. A wind came up in early fall and I came home to a pile of jumbled metal that I had to haul off the deck before I could even get inside.

Lesson learned: Don't by cheat outdoor gazebos. Thin walled steel that is only spot welded does not stand up to the elements. Especially the brutal winds of our area.

Because of last years disaster I choose a BBQ gazebo and not the full 10 x 10 shelter. I picked one that wasn't just tack welded and because of its profile I am sure it will not be destroyed by the winds this time.

A selection of Outdoor BBQ Gazebos

Spring is the time of year to get find these products on sale at local vendors. Shop around and compare prices to those online. Don't buy something just because it is on sale. Sometimes the price is reduced for a reason. Either it was over-priced to start or is not worth the asking price because of quality issues. Take these into consideration.

Tools that Help With Household Projects.

I keep doing these projects at home and have collected a set of tools specific to helping me with certain tasks. At work it is always stressed "use the right tool for the job". Why not at home?

Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit
Stanley 94-248 65-Piece Homeowner's Tool Kit

A well known company with a reputation for good quality. Every household need a good tool kit for the little things that need doing.

 
TEKTON 1903 Rectangle Magnetic Parts Tray
TEKTON 1903 Rectangle Magnetic Parts Tray

I like a big parts tray that gives you room to sort out the tiny parts and is magnetic to hold them in place so you don't have to keep searching for the right part.

 
Crown Bolt 32612 1/4 Inch Medium Split Stainless Steel Lock Washers, 50-Count
Crown Bolt 32612 1/4 Inch Medium Split Stainless Steel Lock Washers, 50-Count

I added these to reduce the times I needed to re-tighten all the connections. A simple fix that will save you time and money later on.

 

Building My Outdoor BBQ Gazebo

  1. Clear the work area of anything that will interfere with construction. Remember you have to have a work area as well as the area the gazebo is going to cover. I made the mistake of combining the two areas and it was just frustrating.
  2. Lay out the pieces and check them off with the list in the instructions. I know, no one likes reading instructions but it can save you time in the long run so do it. If you are missing pieces then you can box everything back up and return it or go get the missing pieces. It's better to know before you start than when you need that special piece to hold it all together and it's not there.
  3. Start assembly. Having a second pair of hands is always good, even if they are little hands. Make it fun and don't take your frustration out on the kids. They learn by doing and copy what you do... both good and bad.
  4. Don't stop at the end of the instructions. All products are designed to do a general job. If you can fin ways to improve or protect your investment, you'll enjoy it that much longer. For example, my last gazebo that I put on my deck was torn apart by the wind. This new outdoor BBQ gazebo is less likely to catch the wind but I am also going to add extra tie-downs to help support it further.

Take time to review the instructions. They are there so you get the most out of your new project.

Tips For Kits

These outdoor BBQ gazebos that come in kits are well designed but not well constructed. The kit comes with the hardware you need to put it together but it lacks split lock washers. By adding these to all mechanical connections the amount of maintenance of re-tightening bolts will be reduced. Enjoy!

Are There Any Other Backyard Builders or Project Builders? Tell me Yours!

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Northerntrials profile image
      Author

      Northerntrials 5 years ago

      @rob-hemphill: Yah, screwing them down to the deck is not enough. Adding the lock washers to the setup has added alot of security to the frame though, so a few guy-wires will finish the job.

    • rob-hemphill profile image

      Rob Hemphill 5 years ago from Ireland

      You sound to have weather similar to ours, I couldn't put one of these up unless it was guy-roped down all around!

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)