UDS Covers - more trouble than they are worth?
I bought a large gas grill cover for my UDS. I have a side table so I put the grill cover over it and tighten the sides with bungie cables.
I have 8 one inch holes as exhaust on top, which are covered with magnet strips to put out the fire.
In theory this is great. The cover looks nice (makes the wife happy) and there is rain protection.
The problem is that when I remove the cover (about once a week or so), the whole top of the smoker is covered with water and the sides are wet. My main concern is rust. I have high heat engine paint on the outside and top and I'm not seeing any rust yet, but I'm sure its only a matter of time.
I wonder if it would be better to just leave it sitting outside? At least then when the rain would stop the sun would dry it! The UDS is sitting on the deck, which is where I do my smoking. Otherwise I could put it in the shed when I'm done or something. But that's a hassle.
I'm not sure what to do.
Weber Performer, 18.5" WSM, UDS.