Temperatures in Sydney can get as low as 8°C and may perhaps start getting lower due to climate change. If you have an outdoor kitchen and you want it to last, then you’re going to need to follow the steps below to get your kitchen ready to face the freezing temperatures.
Before winter sets in, ensure that you’ve cut off the water supply that feeds your outdoor kitchen’s pipes and plumbing. Shut the water at the valve first, before proceeding to drain any water that’s in the pipes. Why do you want to do this? Water left in the plumblines can freeze as temperatures hit freezing point, which can in turn cause the pipes to burst. Why add an extra unnecessary expense when you can avoid it in the first place?
Your outdoor fridge is an essential part of your outdoor kitchen. As temperatures begin to drop, you’ll want to make sure that the fridge is turned off and stored in a moisture-free environment. If you live in the Blue Mountains, Upper Hunter, Orange or any part of NSW where snow may fall, it might be a good idea to move the fridge inside. Just remember to clear it out and empty it of any drinks and food first.
If you have no plans of using your grill and cooker during winter, then do yourself a favour and give it a good old fashioned thorough cleaning before winter hits. Take your time to wash all the cooking grates, racks, and utensils you use during your regular barbecuing. Don’t neglect all the nooks and crannies, and trays such as the pizza oven crumb tray.
Depending on the choice of material you opted for when installing your outdoor kitchen, you might need to take time to prepare the cabinets and countertops. If you bought stainless steel cabinets all you’ll need to do is give them a good polish as they are durable and aren’t subject to rusting. If you have natural stone countertops you also shouldn’t have much problem getting them ready for winter. Just give them a good wipe down and that’s it.
If barbecuing in winter isn’t your thing, then don’t forget to turn off the gas. This is done for safety reasons. Disconnect the propane tank as well. Also make sure that all gas hoses are secured and won’t be chewed on by wildlife. It’s not unheard of that small rodents chew on gas hoses leading to leaks which can present a dangerous situation if you’ve forgotten to turn off your fuel source.
The BBQ Store is a leading retailer and supplier of modular outdoor kitchens in Sydney. Check out our curated range of outdoor kitchens and BBQ accessories. To talk to someone about winterizing an outdoor kitchen, call us today on 1300 880 685 or visit us at Unit 6/12 Lyn Parade Prestons NSW.