How to Make a Wind Shield for a Gas Grill

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Wind shields keep the flames alive when grilling.
Wind shields keep the flames alive when grilling. (Image: Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Gas grills allow year round barbecuing and tailgate cooking. To keep the flames active and consistent when strong winds are present, it is advisable to use a wind guard or shield. If you have a gas grill that is not equipped with a wind guard, make one of your own. A key material for the project is sheet metal. To save extra work, have the hardware store cut the sheet metal to the needed size for your grill. Almost all hardware stores offer a free cutting service for sheet metal.

Things You'll Need

  • One sheet of 2x2 sheet metal - have it cut at the hardware store
  • Crimpers or pliers
  • Aluminum foil
  • Metal card holders (2-3)

Grip the 2x2 sheet metal square with a pair of pliers and hold one side with a gloved hand. Bend the sheet metal so it forms a semi circle. Go around with the pliers, gripping the edge of the square. Apply pressure to the square with your hand and arm, bending the metal in a curl. Use the pliers for leverage as you mold the semi-circle.

Cover the curved sheet metal with aluminum foil when you are ready to position it near the gas grill. The foil protects the metal and keeps grease and flame charring from occurring on the metal.

Insert the bottom edge of the guard into two or three metal card holders so the guard stands upright. Use the side of the grill as a support to keep the shield standing up and protecting the flames on the grill.

Reposition the shield as the winds change direction.

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