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Do you really need to cover the Egg

I see the egg covers for sale.  I wonder if they are really needed.  I am in Wisconsin so our winters are not particularly easy but..... to what advantage?
Weber Gas,  Large Big Green Egg 

I am going to gain way too much weight now that I have a LBGE.
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  • kjskjs Posts: 75
    I am in the South and do not. I've heard some reports that due to our humidity down here covering is actually worse.
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 2,296
    Michigan.  No Cover.  Exposed.
    LBGE - 36Blackstone
    Grand Rapids MI
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,001
    edited November 2017
    Not needed IMO. I bought one 8 years ago. Used it a couple of times here in New England, then put it away. Sometimes I don't even use the built in cover!

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • stompboxstompbox Posts: 720
    Sometimes it freezes shut. I hate that.

    The bands and hardware could rust I imagine.

    Protects a wooden table from the elements.

    Much easier to deal with when you get ice, or snow melt and refreshes to ice.


  • jamesjjamesj Posts: 18
    Does your car need a garage?  Sun will fade it, sap will fall on it, metal will rust faster, but it will cook the same.  I keep mine under a carport so don't need a cover but would get something if always left out in the elements.  I would not pay the price BGE charges but would get a universal one for about $20
    Large BGE  Houston TX
  • chardchard Posts: 34
    I live in MN and have one for both eggs.  In the summer I don't use the covers most of the time, but do like them in the winter just to keep the snow off.  They are overpriced but I can say they are heading into their 4th winter and still do their job.  Plus they tend to hold their shape in the cold ...


    Eggin' with a Large and Small
    Twin Cities, MN
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,958
     Nope. It’s just a way to make a few bucks off of the OCD crowd. 
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 1,726
    There is absolutely no reason to not cover your egg. If you are worried about mold then open it up for a few hours 2-3 a month.
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • pasoeggpasoegg Posts: 414
    I have never paid $1000 for anything that I didn't find a cover or shelter for.  OCD - maybe but I work to hard for my money to know I haven't taken the best of care of the things I have purchased.  But then I didn't pay for anyone else's egg either....

    "it is never too early to drink, but it may be too early to be seen drinking"

    Winston-Salem, NC

  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 11,958
    I used a cover until I pulled the cover off along with the nice sized wasp nest. Not a fun afternoon. 
  • Yes, I need to cover mine because it's in a table and this way it always looks like new.
    tarps of all sizes are cheap at harbor freight and you can use an additional 20% off with the coupon. Mine cost 13$ and change plus it's grey and matches the house
  • etherdomeetherdome Posts: 282
    edited November 2017
    It is not necessary unless you  desire to take extra good care of it and it is not in a covered area , then it is a good idea. 
    Upstate SC
    Large BGE
  • I don't in NC. 
    Charlotte, NC - Large BGE 2014, Maverick ET 733, Thermopen, Nest, Platesetter, Woo2 and Extender w/Grid, Kick Ash Basket, Pizza Stone, SS Smokeware Cap, Blackstone 36"
  • PSCPSC Posts: 127
    for me it is in the same area as the infamous "clean burn", no real need for it
  • I bought a Weber Kettle Cover at HD to cover mine.  I live in Austin and it sits on my patio- sun here kills everything in time.  Whats interesting is in the summer the black cover sitting in the sun- my egg may be well over 150 dome before I ever light it.
    LBGE, Charbroil Gas Grill, Weber Q2000, Weber Kettle Premium, Yeti 65, RTIC 20, Yeti 20 oz Rambler, Yeti Colster, RTIC Lowball

    Not quite in Austin, TX City Limits
  • I keep my eggs in the garage but if they were outside they'd be covered for sure.  Everything gets coated with tree sap and bombed by birds at my place.
    Glencoe, Minnesota
  • CanuggheadCanugghead Posts: 6,193
    Be careful if your egg is covered and the ceramic cap is loose  :o
    canuckland
  • GrillSgtGrillSgt Posts: 1,726
    Image result for stupid signs
    Woodford & Barren Co. KY

    LBGE, XLBGE, 2 Weber Genesis, Weber 22" kettle

    I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize

  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 23,007
    the stock gasket will freeze it shut with a cover or not. i just peel the gasket off but rrp's rutland gasket does not seem to freeze up. i could see a cover freezing solid to my maine egg
  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,280
    edited November 2017
    I was raised like RRP, can hear my grandpa now.  :)
    Mine get covered with the BGE covers from Dec-March here in IL, WSM cover for the small egg.
    All eggs have the Weber Q lights, two have India Rosewood handles, I feel better keeping them covered, and it takes a couple of seconds to remove and/or replace, no freezing together shut.    

    I cover my AC unit, camper too, that's from my Dad.  =)
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • FockerFocker Posts: 8,280
    edited November 2017
    Woodchunk said:
    Yes, I need to cover mine because it's in a table and this way it always looks like new.
    tarps of all sizes are cheap at harbor freight and you can use an additional 20% off with the coupon. Mine cost 13$ and change plus it's grey and matches the house
    Those are great tarps for the price, use a couple for wood stacks.
    Brandon
    Quad Cities
    "If yer gonna denigrate, familiarity with the subject is helpful."

  • DMWDMW Posts: 12,470
    No. I bought the BGE cover when I bought my XL. Used it for a bit, then it got annoying to remember to cover it after it had cooled, so I didn't. Then I bought a Blackstone pizza oven and used the XL cover for that. Not too long ago, the cover was pretty much worth to nothing and I bought a Blackstone cover for the pizza oven and tossed the BGE XL cover in the trash.
    My Facebook Page where I document my cooking
    Morgantown, PA

    XL BGE - S BGE - KJ Jr - HB Legacy - BS Pizza Oven - 30" Firepit - King Kooker Fryer -  PR72T - 18.5" WSM - WSJ - BS 17" Griddle - XXL BGE - Akron Jr - BS SS36" Griddle
  • I’m in Michigan, so I love snow. I don’t love dealing with a foot of snow on the egg table. If it were just in a nest I wouldn’t bother.
    Highland, MI

    L BGE and a KJ Jr
  • Mine are covered with pollen in the spring, dust in the summer and water fall and winter. 
    Jason NW GA- home of carpet and Mexican restaurants
    LBGE, MM, BS (Blackstone and the other kind)
    One sorry Labrador

    My chili did not suck. 
  • Overall it kind of sounds like a "no".

    Weber Gas,  Large Big Green Egg 

    I am going to gain way too much weight now that I have a LBGE.
  • 1voyager1voyager Posts: 305
    Mine is covered. Something about the anal retentive gene, I guess. 
    Somewhere in Colorado
    LBGE, PGS A40 Gasser
  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 5,669

    I guess I’m in the minority, I cover both of my eggs as well as my table. It might be my OCD.  But I’ll wipe them down to get the pollen off them, and cover them when not in use. 

    I do this for the same reason I wash and wax my car.  To keep them looking good and like new. 

    And yeah, I’ve said it before and will say it again.  I drink the kool aid and love my BGE’s!

    Steve 
    XL, Mini Max, and a 22" Blackstone in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • yljktyljkt Posts: 797
    I tarp my eggs and tables when were getting snow. Makes it e-z to uncover after I run around with the snow blower. I got a thing about cooking in really crappy winter weather. Worse it is, more I want to use the eggs. 
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 13,001
    edited November 2017
    Someone above mentioned tree sap and bird droppings. If I had those issues, I might consider a cover, though I suspect it might be easier to clean the egg than the cover. Pine sap would be a tough call.

    If I had it in a table, I'd probably keep it covered. The egg won't care, but the wood finish would hold up longer.

    Then again, I kind of like unfinished, weathered, rustic lookin' stuff. =) No desire to have my egg "in" a table, but I would be happy with a table like one of these parked next to my nested egg...
    Image result for weathered outdoor wooden table

    Image result for weathered outdoor wooden table

    Or even... :rofl:
    Related image

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!

                                                                …Unknown

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

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