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Barbecue wind screen

By Ray Ford

Too breezy to grill? Try making a wind screen

Barbecue wind screen

Photo by Flavian Quiquero

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A gusty day on Lake Huron used to mean lights out for Flavian Quiquero’s barbecue—either that or some heavy lifting. “It would get so windy we couldn’t barbecue, or we’d have to carry the whole thing around to the other side of the building,” says Quiquero, who cottages on the Bruce Peninsula’s breezy Warner Bay. “It’s a heavy stainless steel grill. It takes two people to lift.”

Now, thanks to his two-part folding wind screen, Quiquero can flip burgers and enjoy the sunset in unruffled calm. Borrowing the concept from fellow Huron cottagers Richard and Brenda Scott, Quiquero ordered two sheets of 3/16″ Lexan from a local shop, then fashioned frames from locally milled cedar 2x4s and quarter-round. With his brother-in-law helping, Quiquero screwed the smaller section (24 x 48 inches) to the side of a shed that juts out from the back of the cottage behind the barbecue, then fixed it to the deck with a block. The larger section (36 x 48 inches) attaches to the fixed smaller panel with two standard door hinges, and rolls into position on a caster installed at the bottom outside corner. Whether the screen is folded in or swung out to block the breeze, Quiquero locks it in place with a drawbolt.

Assembly and installation took about half a day, with less than $200 in materials—a small price to pay for a happy chef. “I don’t know if it has improved my cooking, since I wasn’t getting any complaints before,” says Quiquero, an enthusiastic griller who can now extend his barbecue season almost year-round. “It has certainly made barbecuing more enjoyable.”


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