Proper foundation for your Grill Cabin is essential in order to extend its service life. Therefore, please read and follow the instructions carefully.
- Before preparing foundation for your Grill Cabin, it is important to evaluate ground conditions on site. Please refer to specialist for the landscape assessment, if you have never built on this land plot before or have some doubts or concerns about it.
- Choosing the right location for the Grill Cabin is also very important. Choose a location that is not prone to flooding and soil erosion or any other natural forces that would affect the foundation of the Grill Cabin. Please take into account, that you are dealing with a wooden structure that can be prone to rotting. The wooden surfaces should be prevented from coming into contact with water or water build-up. Therefore, the cabin basis should be higher than the ground.
- Each building, whether it is your usual brick and mortar or timber structures, should always have a strong and level base. The base should keep its properties over the time; therefore, we recommend concrete foundation.
For proper ventilation please install pipes underneath, which will ensure sufficient air and effective smoke exhaustion.
We strongly recommend making the foundation according to the sketches prepared by our engineers. For the information please refer to WP Sales Manager.
- If you have no building background and experience, please consider hiring a qualified builder for the preparation of the base and installation of the Grill Cabin. Professionals have the knowledge, skills, experience, and tools to do the job. Professionally installed foundation ensures stability of the wooden structure and durability of the Grill Cabin.
- We also recommend to complete the site preparation and installation of the foundation before unpacking and building your Grill Cabin.
Proper maintenance of the Grill Cabin will prolong its lifespan allowing to spend wonderful precious moments with your family and friends while enjoying your favorite grilling in many years to come. Therefore, please be guided by the following instructions:
Consider wood treatment with preservative to avoid issues such as rotting, splitting and twisting
Pinewood for its physical characteristics is an ideal raw material for the construction – it is strong and flexible to work with; also, it is easy to recycle. However, wood is a of a natural origin and changing weather conditions may change its appearance and properties.
Shifting temperature affects the humidity rate, which in return has effect on wood. Hot summer weather will cause shrinkage in wood because the humidity level due to the heat drops. Likewise, in the wintertime, we have cooler temperature therefore increased moisture content, which causes wood swelling and twisting.
Higher humidity and mold can make large and small cracks and discoloration of the wood. And all this, as well as the changing structure of that wood, is a natural cause. It is therefore imperative that the Grill cabin is protected by a suitable wood preservative immediately.
Also, it is important to treat the timber with a preservative primarily and only then apply a color finish. This helps reduce the risk of blue stain or fungal attack as well as movement within the timber. Moreover, a good preservative makes an ideal base for the application of paint or stain color finishes.
A Grill Cabin is a wooden structure with wooden surfaces and it is most likely to rot when it touches and becomes exposed to the ground. Therefore, even if our foundation beams are under vacuum impregnation (to prevent from moisture, insects and fungi) a special attention must be paid to hut’s flooring impregnation on both sides in order to counteract any rotting and molding issues. This should be done before Grill Cabin installation, since afterwards you will have no access to the bottom part of the floor.
After the Grill Cabin is built, we definitely recommend that you process not only the body, but also the door and windows with a wood impregnation agent, both inside and outside to avoid twisting and deformation of the elements.
Eventually, we recommend a weather protection paint that will protect wood from moisture penetration and UV radiation.
Grill Cabin service life will be much longer after having properly impregnated and painted. The cabin must be re-stained according to the agent producer’s instructions. We recommend inspecting the protection coating at least once a year and re-coating as necessary.
Inspecting Cabin Annually
Do inspection of various elements of your Grill Cabin during different seasons, specifically during spring and fall. Once in spring and once in fall, walk around your cabin to fully appraise the maintenance work required.
As you start walking around your Cabin, look for issues (e.g. cracking, mold, infestation) especially near doors, windows, roof connections.
When inspecting the roof look for damaged or loose shingles and warped flashing. Pay close attention to the chimney – look for damaged or loose flue pipes, cracks between the flue pipes and chimney or chimney and roof.
When inspecting the walls try to find loose or cracking chinking, cracks or checking in the timber, popped knots, signs of damp, mildew or mod and faded stain.
When inspecting the surroundings, make sure plants and pots are at least 24” away from your walls, decking and railings have no erosion or lose areas, drainage and check for no standing water.
During spring you will want to give specific focus to any water damage to exterior wood from freezing water and snow and then preparing your cabin for higher temperatures during the summer.
Whereas in the fall you will be paying specific attention to infestation of bugs, faded staining and then readying your Grill Cabin for a cold winter.
Washing Cabin Annually
Washing your cabin is a great opportunity to remove any surface level dirt such as dust, mildew, pollen, bird feces and insect deposits (i.e. spider webs, eggs etc.)
We recommend to wash your cabin is to use a mild detergent and a soft bristle brush. Make sure to mix the detergent with warm water (not boiling).
We recommend two cleans (once bottom-up and once top-down).
To start with, work your way from the bottom-up. Initially wet the walls and then applying the detergent mix with a soft bristle brush by gently scrubbing in circles – this will avoid streaking of your boards.
Once you’ve cleaned the Cabin from bottom-up, focusing on specific areas of mold and mildew, then work from the top down for the final clean. This will avoid dirt being washed into areas you’ve previously cleaned.
Give the cabin a final hose down and let it dry for three or four days before doing any further maintenance. Once dry this can be a good opportunity to inspect if your cabin requires a fresh staining.
To start with make sure you have properly cleaned and prepared your cabin. The key to ensuring the stain lasts for a year or more is the quality of your preparation.
Once your cabin has thoroughly dried you can apply your stain. Consult a specialist regarding paints suitable for unprocessed softwood and follow the paint producer’s instructions. Professionally selected suitable coatings reduce the swelling and shrinkage of the wood.
The most common application of chinking when maintaining your cabin will be for sealing gaps or cracks in the timber. Splitting and cracking is a very natural and common characteristic of timber and it’s known as “checking”.
The best rule of thumb is any crack or check over 2 cm then seal it to prevent water pooling or bugs nesting.
Annual Pest Control
Timber has always been vulnerable to bugs and insects, especially softer sapwood. Regular cleaning, filling cracks, dusting and fumigation is typically sufficient when it comes to routine maintenance preventing pests from entering your cabin.
Annual General Maintenance
Controlling and monitoring the water flow and run-off is very important for your cabin. Your cabin’s walls can become darkened by splash back from water very quickly, which can cause decay, infestation and many other expensive problems.
You would first notice this when cleaning your cabin if certain patches are darker than others. Therefore, it’s important to check each downspout carries the water run-off to a suitable location – away from your cabin.
When doing your annual inspection if you notice any gaps between the windows and doors the best repair is to use expanding foam.
Sticking to a regular maintenance schedule is far more effective and cheaper than irregular fixes and most importantly it ensures you can enjoy your Grill Cabin with your family and friends whenever you like, it will be always ready and cozy – welcoming you.
- Do not use grill until it is properly assembled and fixed, following provided instructions.
- Never use charcoal impregnated with charcoal lighter fluid, instead, we recommend using kiln-dried firewood of deciduous and/or briquettes for lighting a fire.
- Do not use charcoal lighter fluid, gasoline, alcohol, or other highly volatile fluids to ignite or re-ignite charcoal.
- Do not store charcoal lighter fluid, gasoline or other highly volatile fluids within a cabin.
- Make sure there are no close any combustible material next to the grill.
- Keep decorations away from your grill.
- Keep electrical cords away from the hot surfaces of the grill. Route all electrical cords away from traffic areas.
- ATTENTION! Do not leave infants, children, people with disabilities or pets unattended and keep them away from the hot grill.
- Do not wear clothing with loose flowing sleeves near the grill.
- If you are wearing long hair, make sure to tie it so that it is not exposed to fire.
- Never touch the cooking or pot grate or the smoke hood, to see if they are hot.
- Be cautious and do not touch metal grill parts, which heat up when the fire is burning.
- Use barbecue mitts, hot pads and proper barbecue tools with long, heat-resistant handles, when handling hot cooking plates.
- ATTENTION! Don’t leave a Grill unattended.
- Keep a fire extinguisher within a couple steps of your grill and make sure you know how to use it.
- Ensure there is a water source nearby the cabin to extinguish the fire in case of flare-ups.
- Never try to move or do a service check while grill is still hot.
- WARNING! Never sleep in a Grill Cabin or Pavilion when the fire is on!
- Do not remove ashes until all coals are completely burned out and are fully extinguished.
INSTALLATION & USE
All our grill sets are designed for barbecuing in our comfortable and cozy Grill Cabins or Pavilions. They are being produced from strong and durable steel and finished with a heat resistant powder coat paint in a state-of-the-art painting facility. This ensures good quality rust protection. To protect the grills from UV damages it is strongly advised to store grills out of direct sunlight when it is not installed yet. The grill set consists of many different parts, which are easy to assemble with the installation manual.
When using your grill for the first time, the surfaces of the new product that are in direct contact with the flames will create a smoky smell while warming-up; this is normal and is due to the paint curing. We advise to keep the door open during the first usage and not to cook until the smell has cleared out. To start the fireplace put plenty of kindling along with small thin pieces of kiln-dried firewood of deciduous on a fire shell. To make it easier and to ensure that the grill is getting enough replacement air, open the damper and it is also useful to keep the door or a window open during the lighting process. As the flame rises, then more dry wood or briquettes can be added. Make sure they are not longer than 30 cm. For better protection, we also recommend using table spark safety fence.
Pipe installation underneath a cabin as well as chimney ensures proper air circulation and effective smoke exhaustion. To prevent from moisture condensation inside the Grill Cabin or Pavilion and to ensure proper ventilation, do not cover the chimney or make sure it is not covered with the snow.
Make sure to clean your grill after each use in order to ensure hygiene and proper functioning:
- Do not pour cold water on to the hot charcoal, since it may ruin the surface finish of the grill.
- After using your grill, wait until the charcoal are cold before you start cleaning it off.
- Remove ashes from the bottom heat shield and clean all debris and dust thoroughly.
- Use soapy water or spray of grill cleaning fluid. Gently wipe the grill and grates using a grill brush and/or cleaning sponge.
- Ensure the grill and grates are clean and ready for the next use.
- Using sharp objects to clean the cooking grate or remove ashes will damage the finish.
Using abrasive cleaners on the cooking grate or the grill itself will damage the finish