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

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Why cover your grill?

Why Cover Your Grill

When people talk about BBQ in America, the discussion typically takes a turn towards location. Grilling and smoking are time-honored traditions that have many roots. Some states are divided by sauces, some by smoke, some by rubs and so on. As much as we can chat about the best recipe or our favorite pit to grab a bite, here at Classic Accessories, we take location a little more seriously than a sauce debate. We know the elements can vary drastically just in our lower 48. Since we are in the cover business, we look at what mother nature is serving up season after season if broken down by three of her favorite styles:
Grilling Climates
When we think of humidity, we think hot, tropical days and nights with moisture in the air that feels heavy and thick. Napoleon Grills reminds us that, “humid can also mean damp, like a foggy day in London,” which we may see more than our fair share of in the Pacific Northwest. Our grill covers are designed with air vents that keep weather out while providing maximum ventilation and minimum condensation. Our covers are also designed to not cover wheel or leg bottoms that hang to the ground. This prevents the cover from sitting in any standing water that is common in coastal climates where heavy rain and snow can be a seasonal detriment. Water, in any form, is a damaging element to outdoor kitchens and we have introduced taped seams into our NEW Madrona RainProof Grill Covers to further keep moisture from barbecues and grills

Water on patios, metals and decks
Dry climates pose another threat to your grill over time with damaging UV exposure and lack of moisture. A cover will prevent dust and debris from coating the grill and finding its way into catch pans where fires can easily be started. When we say our covers are designed for all elements, we took these environments into consideration.

Here are some quotes from various BBQ forums on covering grills:

Grill Cover Reviews

One of the best things about grills is that they are meant to be used outdoors, so they are built with some of the toughest materials. Even though price tags vary by brand, style and size, all grills have their weaker points as well. This is where a cover can come in to extend the life of cheaper metals and help keep some of the accessories like side tables, tank doors and controls working like new.

steel, enamel, cast iron, wood and porcelain

From harsh weather to daily use of your grill, you always want to have it ready to fire up at a moment’s notice. There are many tips and tricks to cleaning your grills between parties or between seasons. From informative videos to how-to articles, the last step is always the same no matter if it’s for the day or for the Winter … put a cover on it.
75 % of all Americans own a grill
75% of all us adults, or just big kids, own a grill or smoker. That’s a lot when you think about all the different regions. That’s also a lot when you think about all the different kinds of styles of BBQ and grills out there. What’s more is the style of outdoor kitchens and rooms we have to think about too. From small balconies to lavish outdoor kitchens, we know style is one thing you think about when purchasing a cover. Sure the features of the cover are instrumental to how the cover will perform for you, but we know that your grill is just as much a part of your outdoor decor as your furniture is.

Grill and BBQ Cover Collections by Classic Accessories

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We have over 10 different collections of covers, all with unique designer colorways to features. A big part of the design process here at Classic Accessories is keeping our ideas fresh and on trend. One of the biggest we see is the need for design and function have never been more apparent. We are seeing grills with numerous handle, color and finish options. Ryan Bloom, of Urban Bonfire, states that designers that choose to combine “raw cooking power with beauty see the winning combination.” We like to think that our designs nod to both camps. We have the strength and durability built into our covers with the designer features that compliment any outdoor space. Making the choice to cover you grill, barbecue or smoker should be an easy one. Finding the right size and style should be just as easy, and that’s where Classic Accessories can be a part of the solution.

Here’s to gathering around the grill this August with friends and family.
We hope you end the day, or season, with Classic Accessories.

Sources:
Pixabay
Mercury News
Napoleon Grills
BBQ Bretheren  |  The Smoke Ring  |  The BBQ Forum  |  Smoking Meats

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Blue skies and clear waters are calling. Summer temps have hit and while boaters hit their favorite launches, we see anglers heading towards higher elevations. Trying to beat out the warmer waters with sluggish fish, late spring and early summer devotees know they have to adapt if they want to reel in the big one.

We have been getting some really great reviews on our best selling Colorado Pontoon Boats from this year’s seasons so far. Colorado, Colorado XT and Colorado XTS to be exact.

‘drlrhodes’ from Chuckey, TN gives a 5-star review:   “Received my Pontoon boat 3 months ago absolutely love it. Great company to deal with, Back their products very well. Free shipping a plus and 15% off original price being a loyalty member is just another perk. I am asked every time I take it out where I got it. Excellent product!

We love to hear from anglers and we love to see how the boats perform as well.
Check out some of our favorites from our customers:

It never gets old when you see your products out in the “real world” and National Geographic aired one project we are very proud to be apart of last week. While watching National Geographic’s ‘Earth Live’ the other day, they had a live camera mounted on “snot-bots” while researchers where collecting data from whales. Talk about a go-anywhere-pro right?

We were able to partner up with Iain Kerr not so long ago when his project took off. (no pun intended) The CEO of Ocean Alliance has been proving since 1971 that you don’t have to harm whales to learn about whales. So what you may ask does Classic Accessories Pontoon Boats have to do with whale research? Iain and his crew used our Colorado XT to act as “whales” as they tested their snot-bots out. In essence, the snot-bots would hover over the whales and collect the “blow” from the blowholes as they surfaced.

Check out the video below:

They were able to collect stress hormones, toxins and DNA of the whales in a non-intrusive manner. Iain explains, “Most of the ways these hormones are collected actually stresses the animals, the snot bots are a way to collect the data from the whales without them even knowing.

After many successful launches and collections, our Colorado XT Pontoon Boat also acted as a launch pad for the drones so that they didn’t need to fly so far from the research ship to the whale pod. It’s great to know the program is off and running and collecting data on the health of whales.

We would love to see where your Classic Accessories Pontoon Boat takes you this season! Send us photos, tag us online, show us your best catch or share your biggest fishing story.

We hope one of our inflatable pontoon boats or float tubes makes it way into your fishing season this year – from walleyes to whales!

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Cold start to Winter

 

Thankfully we are just wrapping up the ends of Winter Storm Caly that spread its way from the Northwest to the Northeast. The storm brought the first snow of the season for 6 days straight as it made its path across the US.


Could this mean a colder winter this La Nina year? Maybe so. We can at least say that we started out with a deep freeze and the hopes of a white Christmas and Hanukkah are on the rise.

Snow season is our season … and it can be yours too. We hope that this gift giving season you spread a little Joy and Peace of Mind from your patios to your autos. We are offering 20% off site-wide from now through the Holidays on classicaccessories.com



Here are the shipping dates to receive your order by December 23rd, 2016:
Ground Shipping = December 15th
3 Day Shipping = December 19th
2 Day Shipping = December 21st
Overnight Shipping = December 22nd

 

Cold start to Winter

Interior Designers choose outdoor patio furniture

We have been long time fans of Serralunga’s furniture. Our in-house design team has always strived to create custom looks for outdoor spaces in the style of interior design. We’ve made collections so sophisticated that interior designers are getting a little jealous.

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The units have a large amount of exterior glazing allowing plenty of natural light. It’s all about contrast, light and dark, warm combinations flanked by cold materials like plastic and minimal objects.

Check out some of their latest creations with a highlight of the Sirchester by Deepdesign’s Bazzicalupo & Mangiarotti. With our latest patio extensions, we have covers to fit deeper sofa sets and conversation pieces in multiple collection styles.

Source: Serralunga Indoor + Outdoor/ Products

Interior Designers choose outdoor patio furniture

Uncover More Time Outdoors

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Increasingly becoming the number one design feature for backyards, fire pits are perfect for finding more time outdoors with family & friends. There’s nothing more relaxing than sitting out on a cool evening, hanging out next to a roaring fire.

Fire pits come in many sizes, shapes and designs and can even specialize in specific types of fuel.
We found this great resource from HGTV that lets you know which one would work best for your outdoor space.

Once you’ve learned all you can handle about fire pits and have made a choice, consider prolonging the life of your fire pit with a fire pit cover by Classic Accessories.
Uncover more time outdoors this Spring with a cover from Classic Accessories.

Visit our friends at Amazon and Walmart who are hosting our Keep it Clean For Spring Event on right now through April 30th!

 

Uncover More Time Outdoors

Forecasting 20% Chance of Snow Items

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See that guy?! Take a second look. He’s head-high in snow. Holy snowflakes Jack Frost. The moment we saw this photo* we knew we had protection from this kind of forecast. Ever find yourself in a personal blizzard behind your snow thrower? We’ve got the answer. Our cabs and mitts will keep you protected when making your driveway um useable again. We’re only in Fall friends, we haven’t even shaken hands with this Winter yet and by the looks of things – we’re betting it’s better to be ready. Offering up 20% this weekend through Monday the 24th with 20% off all snow items with coupon code: Buffalo20

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Share with friends & family or anyone you know in the Buffalo area! We don’t recall sending out our invite to Jack Frost, but he never RSVPs anyway. Here’s to unwanted Thanksgiving guests at your house… but we’ll save that rant for another post. Stay warm!

Don’t forget – we are quickly approaching our Weber Genesis Giveaway to one lucky Loyalty Winner. Will it be you? If you’re not signed up, here’s a quick link to get you entered – Join Us!

*Photo Credits to © AP Photo/The Buffalo News, Derek Gee
Associated Press

 

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SSF_BlogShareWe were so happy our friends from Safe Sound Family reached out to us about our grill covers.

We spend a lot of time here designing our products to hold up against mother nature, wear & tear and other natural elements that sometimes it’s the smallest benefits that go unnoticed. Ranking at number 25 on their list of Fire Safety Products for Kids and Families, are our grill covers!

Take a look to see what other products made the list here. You maybe surprised to own a few.

The employees here at Classic Accessories take pride in protecting your investments, your activities, and sometimes being able to go with you on adventures. Now we can add protecting little wondering hands from dangerous grill elements. For those of us with kids in our lives – these small benefits are priceless.

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