Outdoor BBQ Gazebo
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.
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.
This is one similar to what I bought and am installing.
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?
A well known company with a reputation for good quality. Every household need a good tool kit for the little things that need doing.
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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!