A barbecue in the back can not be postponed just because it blows a little outside. Sure, it will be more of a challenge, but with the right preparation and a few adjustments, it is definitely something you can overcome.
Here are some tried and tested tips for a successful grill on windy days:
Place your grill to the right
When preparing to cook on a windy day, you should anticipate the wind and find its direction. If you are using a coal grill, it is best to turn the vents away from the wind. If you are cooking on a gas grill, place it perpendicular to the air flow in your burners, away from the wind.
Position your grill at least 10 feet away from any structure (your house, tree, etc.) or any flammable object.
Stocks on coal
Depending on the intensity of the wind, you will use more charcoal than you need to cook on fair weather. Compared to other fuels, coal burns faster when exposed to wind.
So store the charcoal and pay more attention to what is cooked on the grill – you may have to add charcoal again and again to keep the fire going and make sure your food is cooked properly!
Open the lid at your own risk
A sudden gust of wind can cause the ash in the kettle to spin and enter your food. So do not open the lid when absolutely necessary, and when you do, try to open it slowly and carefully.
Keep a close eye on your grill
This is true for both coal and gas grills. If the gas type is used, check the burner periodically as there is a high probability of leakage due to wind. If they go out, close the gas valve immediately, open the gas lid and allow the air to circulate for 5-8 minutes or until you smell the air before reheating your grill.
You can grill with a mild to moderate wind and tell yourself if the wind is strong enough to light your grill. A grill (especially a charcoal variety) that is overturned by strong winds can be harmful and dangerous.
If you decide to go ahead, you can choose to buy a windscreen for your grill (most gas grills already come with this feature) or make one.
Follow these 5 tips for grilling on windy days for a garden barbecue without the hassle!