Summer to Fall

Is there a bigger hashtag than #Fall? Seems that’s all we hear as Summer draws to an end. The days are shortening, the mornings are growing colder by the day, and somewhere someone is watching out for the first PSL (Pumpkin Spiced Latte for those of you who have never heard of a coffee shop called Starbucks) sighting.

Labor day is upon us and everyone always asks, “What are you doing to celebrate the end of Summer?” End of Summer?! We don’t want to put limits on when Summer will end so we are celebrating the Sunny Season with 25% off our entire site for the entire month of September! Just use discount code: PREFALL at checkout.

Now for those plans of celebrating the long weekend. We asked around the building what Classic Accessories employees do for the Summer to Fall transition. What are they getting excited for, what activities are already penciled in, etc. Check it out:
Summer to Fall with Classic Accessories Employees

 

Summer to Fall

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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Why cover your grill?

Crazy start to Fall

What a crazy start to Fall we’ve had. Some of us are recovering from storms and some of us are prepping for them.

Watching the weather.com for the mass of rain and wind our region is going to be getting this weekend isn’t the most enjoyable way to spend a few minutes, but it does set your mind to prep mode. Luckily, here at Classic Accessories, we are made for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer and all their variations:

It’s kinda our gig, and it’s what we do well. When the weather man starts with their warnings, you take it with a grain of salt most times. Wind-Rain-Mageddon 2016! Until you really DO look at your window and are dreading even getting into your car. We prep as we can for power outages, cold temps and what comes of Mother Nature at home. One thing we all know here, you can bet we go home and secure our covers. They are designed and tested for this. Here’s to an interesting weekend, don’t blow away.

Crazy start to Fall

The More The Better!

More snow?! That’s all we’ve been hearing this week. More snow to come for the East Coast.

Of course our view is from balmy 50+ degree South Seattle. What side of the fence are you on? Either the school kid who looks out the window and immediately thinks of screaming down snowy hills in anything that will act as a sled or the responsible parent who knows it’s better to shovel NOW versus when we need to get the car out of the driveway.

Yeah, if your side is more of the kid’s then we know that MORE SNOW is really MORE FUN!

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The More The Better!

Ask Martha

Martha has some great tips on creating outdoor spaces for entertaining. Whether it’s a full on BBQ or morning coffee outside with a good book, creating spaces with thoughtful purposes is the secret to having a nice flow to your outdoor space. Check out her quick tips on making it work for you and your next gathering:

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Ask Martha

Peephole Driving – Easy Solution!

It’s not the same!

Waking up to snow days just isn’t the same to us adults as it is to our kids. A quick scream of “SNOOOOOW” from down the hallway can send our own eyes scrambling to see “Just how covered IS the car?”  and right into the tailspin of the –  “That’s going to take another 15 minutes to scrape!!” Like you have another 15 minutes to spare in the morning after hitting the snooze button for the last ten minutes.

It’s a Winter trend. And one that most people won’t admit to, but most are also guilty of. Peephole driving. Yep, that little eye-level portion of your windshield that gets scraped off leaving the rest of your snow, frost or ice-pack to melt away via your car’s overworked defrosters.

PeepHoleDrivingDid you know that in some states, you can be slapped with a hefty fine? It is a summary traffic violation to drive with any ice or snow “which materially obstructs, obscures or impairs the driver’s clear view of the highway or intersecting highway,” says Trooper Adam Reed, public information officer of the Pennsylvania State Police. This applies to the front, back and side windows, and the fine for violation totals over $110 after mandatory costs.

Source: http://newpittsburghcourieronline.com/2014/01/12/peephole-driving-in-winter-can-be-very-dangerous/

10-003-012101-00hLuckily we have a quick solution – our Auto Windshield Cover!

– Keeps frost, snow and ice off the windshield
– Saves time after a snowfall, frost or ice
– Attaches with two click-close straps that run through the inside of the vehicle
– Easy and fast installation
– Anti-theft design—ends secure in doors
– Helps protect vehicle interior against UV damage and fading
-Folds and zips into a compact attached storage case
-One-year limited warranty

 

So the next time Jack Frost pays you a visit – cover up those windows the night before and wake up with the same enthusiasm as kids do on a snow-day. Or you can enjoy those last 10 minutes of hitting your snooze button.

 

 

 

 

Peephole Driving – Easy Solution!