One question I get asked a lot by fellow Traeger owners is whether or not it’s safe to leave a Traeger grill outside.
The short answer is:
You can leave your Traeger grill outside, but with some precautions.
In this post, I’ll dive into everything you need to know about keeping your Traeger safe and secure outside.
Table of Contents
- Potential Issues Caused by Leaving the Grill Outside
- Advantages of Leaving the Grill Outside
- Disadvantages of Leaving the Grill Outside
- How to Keep the Grill Safe and Secure Outside
- Frequently Asked Questions
- My Final Thoughts
Potential Issues Caused by Leaving the Grill Outside
Exposure to The Elements
The main issue with leaving your Traeger grill outside is exposure to the elements.
Rain, snow, wind, and extreme temperatures can all damage your grill and affect its performance. For example, rainwater can get into the electrical components and cause shortcircuits, rusting the grill’s metallic parts such as the cooking chamber, lid, or cooking grates.
Another type of damage is that caused by the sun.
UV rays from the sun can cause damage to a Traeger grill if it is left outside for prolonged periods of time. The UV rays can cause the exterior finish of the grill to fade, peel or crack over time. Additionally, the UV rays can cause the plastic components of the grill to become brittle, which can lead to the cracking or breaking of these parts.
The heat from the sun can also cause the grill to expand and contract, which can cause warping or cracking of the grill’s exterior surface.
Another issue is pests.
Leaving your grill outside can attract animals such as squirrels, rats, or raccoons, which can damage the grill or even make it their home.
I’ve even read of birds making their nest in the chimneys of Traeger grills. Thankfully they had already left when the owner realized that the grill wasn’t burning properly because the chimney was clogged full of sticks!
In addition, insects such as ants or bees can build nests inside the grill, which can be difficult to remove and may require professional cleaning.
Advantages of Leaving the Grill Outside
Despite the potential issues, there are also some advantages to leaving your Traeger grill outside. One of the main benefits is convenience.
If you have a large backyard or patio, it may be easier to keep the grill outside rather than having to move it in and out of storage every time you want to use it.
Your grill will also be on constant standby, ready for you to fire it up if an unexpected guest is in town and fancies some of your finger-licking BBQ food!
In addition, leaving the grill outside can free up space in your garage or shed.
Disadvantages of Leaving the Grill Outside
On the other hand, there are also some disadvantages to leaving your Traeger grill outside.
As mentioned earlier, exposure to the elements can cause damage to the grill and affect its performance.
In addition, leaving your grill outside can make it more vulnerable to theft or vandalism. If you live in an area with high crime rates or frequent burglaries, it may be safer to keep your grill inside.
Another disadvantage is that leaving the grill outside can require more maintenance.
You’ll need to clean it more often to prevent rust or corrosion, and you may need to cover it with a grill cover to protect it from the elements. This can be time-consuming and may require additional expenses.
How to Keep the Grill Safe and Secure Outside
If you decide to leave your Traeger grill outside, there are some steps you can take to keep it safe and secure.
Here are a few tips:
Invest in A Good Quality Grill Cover.
A cover will protect your grill from rain, snow, and other elements and also keep it clean and dry.
Choose a Safe and Secure Location
Place your grill in a well-lit area, preferably close to your home or a security camera. Avoid placing it near a fence or other potential entry points.
Use a Lock or Security Cable
Consider using a cable or lock to secure your grill to a stationary object such as a post or a railing. This can prevent theft or unauthorized use.
Clean Your Grill Regularly
Regular cleaning will help prevent rust and corrosion and also keep your grill in good condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Leave My Traeger Grill Outside During the Winter?
Yes, you can leave your Traeger grill outside during the winter. However, taking some precautions to protect it from the elements is important. This includes covering it with a high-quality grill cover, placing it on a stable and level surface, and keeping it away from areas with heavy snow or ice buildup. You may also want to invest in a thermal blanket to help maintain the grill’s temperature during cold weather.
Should I Cover My Traeger Grill when It’s Outside?
Yes, you should cover your Traeger grill when it’s outside to protect it from the elements, including rain, snow, and sun exposure. A high-quality grill cover will help to keep your grill clean, dry, and free from dust, debris, and pests. It is important to choose a cover that fits your grill properly and is from durable, weather-resistant materials such as polyester or vinyl, and features an adjustable strap to secure it in place. It should also have vents to allow for proper air circulation and be easy to remove and clean.
Can Leaving My Traeger Grill Outside Affect Its Warranty?
Leaving your Traeger grill outside can potentially affect its warranty, as exposure to the elements can cause damage to the grill’s components. Traeger’s warranty policy does not cover damage caused by improper use or storage, so it is important to take steps to protect your grill if you plan to leave it outside. This includes covering it with a high-quality grill cover and storing it in a dry, protected area.
Is It Safe to Use My Traeger Grill if It’s Been Left Outside for A Long Time?
If your Traeger grill has been left outside for a long time, it is important to inspect it for any signs of damage or wear and tear before using it. Check the exterior for cracks, warping, or rust, and inspect the interior components to ensure they are functioning properly. If you have any concerns about the safety of your grill, contact Traeger’s customer service team for guidance.
Can I Leave My Traeger Grill Outside if It’s Raining?
You can leave your Traeger grill outside if it’s raining, but it is important to cover it with a high-quality grill cover to protect it from moisture. Rain can cause damage to the grill’s components, including rust and corrosion, and can also affect its performance. If you plan to use your grill during rainy weather, be sure to keep it covered when it’s not in use and dry it off thoroughly before cooking.
My Final Thoughts
In conclusion, leaving your Traeger grill outside can be convenient and enjoyable, but it also comes with potential risks and disadvantages.
To make the most of your outdoor cooking experience, it’s important to take proper care of your grill and keep it safe and secure.
By following the advice in this blog post, you can enjoy delicious meals and great times with your family and friends without having to worry about your grill being safe and secure.