Do you ever have the occasion to cook outdoors in cold and/or windy conditions? There is an easy way to protect the pit from these elements. Heat is lost from the surface of the barbecue pit when it comes in contact with either of these elements.
Anytime there's a strong wind with temperatures 10 to 15 degrees lower than the ambient air temperature, you will have moderate to severe loss of heat from the pit.
The simple answer is to protect your grill by placing it within a protected and enclosed area. We suggest building a small enclosure which you can use to protect the pit on all sides except the front. In really cold situations, place a door on the enclosure and leave a vent in the roof. Leave at least 6 to 8 inches from the side of the pit and the wall of the enclosure. Leave more room if there is a certain part of the pit that is exceptionally hot.
CAUTION: Do not use indoors or in the garage if you are using wood or charcoal. It could be deadly.