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building a bbq storage unit

Discussion in 'In the Garden' started by Gaogier, 9 May 2021.

  1. Gaogier

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    Hello - I am autistic and my communication skills are not good, please if you have any questions please let me know.

    I have put this topic here as I need advice on creating a weather tight storage for under my BBQ, where I can keep things like my BBQ rotisserie, my BBQ Pizza oven, my BBQ hotplates and anything else I need or come across that I want.

    I do not have anything that I can work with metal, so would wood be a good idea?

    My bbq I want to make weather resistant is a charles bentley 3burner + 1 side.
     
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    A rain-proof shelter will make a big difference. I do not know how much money you have or if you are good at woodwork.

    if you have not done this sort of thing before, start with something small and simple. It does not have to be high enough to walk into. look at bin shelters, which often have a hinged lid and front. Four foot high might be enough, and is the standard width of sheet board materials (they are about about eight foot long, so you can see a convenient size to build). The top must be bigger than the sides.

    You can make one with four fenceposts, and a roof in ply or OSB, clad in roofing felt (the mineralised type as sold for sheds and rabbit hutches)

    You will need lintels between all the posts, and rafters if it is big. I find decking timbers cheap and easy to work with. The roof has to overlap the sides to give better rain protection. The roof needs a good slope to throw off rainwater.

    For improved protection, add gutters and clad the sides.

    Ply is not very weather resistant, shiplap is good but more expensive.
    OSB is quite good. It will look OK if treated throughout with a dark fence stain.
    Fabric gazebo sides will last a few years, and also makes good tarpaulin to throw over your stuff. Again it is free or cheap on freegle or ebay, especially second-hand.
    Fence panels are not weathertight.


    if you need to cut costs, look on freegle of ebay for somebody local throwing out external wooden doors in reasonable codition, they may be free or cost up to a fiver, and build your shelter to fit them.

    Any timber in contact with the ground, or less than six inches above, will rot. You can use decking timbers round the bottom, screwed on, and replace them when they rot.
     
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    I was thinking on the lines of actually building it into the bbq... would that be possible?
     
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    I don't understand how.

    Do you mean small utensils stored underneath it?

    Then a tarpaulin type cover would do.

    throw it over the whole thing to protect your barbie from going rusty.
     
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    The bbq I have has a storage area where I keep the bits and pieces that I use. I was thinking of getting some wood or metal or something and create a box of some sort inside and under the main grilling area. the storage area I have is completely open and my pizza paddle from last year has rusted due to the weather.

    I now have a new pizza oven for my bbq and that is made from steel, and don't want that to get ruined.
     
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    look for plastic storage crates, with a tight-fitting lid (not the hinged ones).

    there are a lot of sizes, so try to find one (or more) that fit. I use them for shed and outdoor storage.

    the clear ones break down in sunlight, but the black ones last longer

    "Really Useful Box" seem to be the best quality, but more expensive than the Wilko ones.

    I still think you need a tarpaulin or tailored cover over the whole barbecue, tied down so it can't blow off, or open, in winter.
     
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    Any plain steel stored outdoors will rust, it will just rust slower if sheltered from the weather.
     
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    I have the blaze pizza oven, that is in need of protecting as well as my other bits and bobs.

    I am thinking of getting some sheet steel, a rivet gun and build a tight as possible "box" under my bbq, so I can keep my bbq stuff. I currently use plastic boxes for my electrical stuff, but they take up a lot of room and needing the space to store my new pizza oven accessories. I need to maximise the storage area in the bbq.

    I have never wielded before but would wielding sheets of steel (paint protected) to the inside of the current storage area keep my stuff from damage?
     
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    A metal box will attract condensation from the atmosphere - notice the mist on a cold car in the morning.

    If you just want a box to keep your BBQ accessories in and dry/free from rust, you can buy numerous sizes of sealable plastic boxes, with lids. Add a cheap chemical dehumidifier gadgets and that will soak up the moisture in the box, preserving things from rust.
     
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    This is what we are doing now, its just it seems like there is a huge waste of space as I have a box that is the biggest that will fit in there but has enough room for my cleaning brushes, and utensils.
     
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