Rust is Actually a lot like Fire, but with Metal

Rust on grills

In last week’s post, Why Cover Your Grill?, we talked about how Mother Nature dishes out a wide variety of weather across the U.S. Humid and coastal climates become highly rust-prone due to paint corrosion from salt, high levels of moisture in the air and rapid changes in temperature. Put simply, warmer climates, rather than cool ones, are where rust likes to kick things into high gear.  Especially unique to coastal residents, salt water brings an additional threat to the finish of your metal furniture, grills and other outdoor accessories. Salt solution acts as an electrolyte, increasing the rate material rusts, much like how water molecules speed up the reaction, transforming your beloved barbecue into a rust bucket.

Damaging rust to your grill

Some metal objects, when exposed to oxygen in the air, combine very slowly and create iron oxide, or rust. Leah Raeder, author and self-proclaimed “unabashed nerd” of Good Reads explains, “This is the same oxidation process as fire believe it or not. Isn’t that weird? So really, rust is the slowest fire ever.”2

If someone told you, ‘water causes something to burn2,‘ you would think they’re crazy.  But that is not far from the truth in describing water’s impact on accelerating the oxidation of your outdoor metal pieces and implements.  The more you can do to keep water from resting and accumulating on your items, the better.

In addition to keeping water from standing on your outdoor items, it’s important to clean them periodically.  Cleaning can remove rust that may accumulate over time and accelerate the oxidation of perfectly functional portions of metal.   Remember to regularly inspect and maintain the exterior as well as interior sections of your grill. Check out Consumer Reports Video for a quick guide to cleaning your grill:

Look for any signs of rusting so proper steps can be taken to delay or prevent the process from happening. Rust prevention methods can vary. The metal can be coated with a number of ‘ailments’ to help deter rust or rejuvenate the metal much like how grease or oil helps draw out moisture. Even zinc is a viable choice when rust-proofing. In fact, nearly one half of all zinc produced is used in zinc galvanizing processes to protect steel and iron from rusting3. Zinc is commonly known as the ‘sacrificial metal.’ – for reasons you can see below:
Barbecue grills left un-maintained and uncovered against the elements can create quite the eye sore in your yard. We recommend the use of a grill cover and regular inspections and cleanings to prolong the life of your grill and keep it performing at a high level.

We are taking 20% OFF our grill covers on classicaccessories.com until August 31st, 2017
with discount code: RUST at checkout.

Keep the “fires” to your fire-pit this season with a grill cover from Classic Accessories.

Sources:
Leah Raeder, Cam Girl of Good Reads
sharrettsplating.com

Photos:  fluoramics /  struckdumb  /  Rustic Farms  /  Nei Corporation

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Rust is Actually a lot like Fire, but with Metal

Before you put it away

Heaters

It doesn’t matter where you live, Arizona to Massachusetts, Fall is welcomed with cooler evenings on the patio when we try and enjoy them before a nice crisp night can turn into a FREEZING one. The season’s here for covering patio furniture and deep cleaning our grills for the last time and storing our patio heaters. We found some great tips to getting your patio heater ready for longer storage with Henry Kotara from Patio Heaters 4U.

Starting with removing water marks with a non-abrasive cleaner on your stainless steel heater. Always allowing enough time to air dry.

Water Marks on Steel

Check your LPG gas cylinder for normal wear and tear and its hoses and valves are in good condition. Never store a propane gas cylinder indoors or below ground level.
LPG gas cylinder
Do a quick check that all nuts are tightened.
tighten bolts2

Lastly, always store your patio heater with a cover designed specifically for it’s shape. Check ours out here, just in time for Fall.

 

Source: Patio Heaters 4u, Street Directory – Gardening
Image Sources: McDermid Ind Solutions, Evgeny Karandaev

Before you put it away

Spring Yard Clean up!

It’s here and it came in like a lion!

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade”  – Charles Dickens
Spring Clean Up
There are a TON of tips out there on how to start thinking about sprucing up your outdoor space. Maybe it’s the longer nights, the BBQ specials at the store, or the mere fact we’ve been inside for such a harsh winter. So we thought we’d share our three favorite tips with you:
#1 Cover up your patio furniture.  Winter maybe done, but Mother Nature isn’t!
#2 Budget out the cost of your projects – most will prove to be more expensive than you may think. Especially with renting equipment.
#3 Check out Lowe’s Spring Tips here: http://lowes.tumblr.com/?crlt.pid=camp.9FE75G9VgAH3

 

Spring Yard Clean up!

Weekly Round Up: Resolutions for you and your home

1. Make it fun/Break it up!


Make your resolutions fun by choosing some things you love to do and spending more time doing those. Resolutions don’t need to be dreadful!  For the less fun tasks, like organizing your garage, or creating lifestyle changes – make it easier on yourself by breaking it into steps, baby steps. You have a year, right? This helps you visualize and mentally prepare to meet your goal without getting burned out. Think gradual. Read the full article here at Houzz: http://www.houzz.com/ideabooks/6152616/list/11-Easy-Ways-to-Keep-Your-New-Year-s-Resolutions

 

2. Declutter/Weekly Maintenance


Declutter your home this year – purge some things you don’t use and don’t need anymore for an instant makeover. Stash items like DVDS, remotes and shoes in baskets for neat storage. Keep the mess at bay by doing all dishes daily, no ifs ands or buts! Weekly, clean your entire home; if you have the manpower, divide the chores into 3 parties. Try rearranging living space furniture so that pieces interact with each other (not just the tv) to help engage conversations with guests and family. Want more sound advice? Head over to HGTV to read the play by play: http://www.hgtv.com/organizing/5-new-years-resolutions-for-your-home/index.html

 

3. Slow Down.


“Slow Down, Calm Down, Don’t Worry, Don’t Hurry, Trust the Process.” – Alexandra Stoddard

This message goes against modern culture – lots of us are hurrying through our lives and to-do lists. Alexandra, from the Inspired Room, recommends slowing down, and “finding peace in the process,” and using these eleven words to guide you this year. We agree – check out her article and poke around for 2014 project inspiration: http://theinspiredroom.net/2014/01/04/11-words-new-years-resolutions-for-your-life-home/

 

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From the talented:

  1. Tambako the Jaguar http://www.flickr.com/photos/tambako/4026934515 – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/
  2. mcarruth http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelcarruth/211542955 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/ – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/
  3. ncracker (Boyan Syarov) http://www.flickr.com/photos/syarov/8279366661 – http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Round Up: Resolutions for you and your home