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Date: 11/21/11 5:23 PM

DH is asking for a cover for his Big Green Egg (a snazzy outdoor grill). They are available from the manufacturer, but they cost around $80, so I thought I could try making one. What fabric should I use? It has to be waterproof.

Hancocks has tablecloth vinyl and heavy-duty vinyl for sale. Would either one work? How do I sew the seams to maintain the waterproof character? Would a shower curtain be suitable?

Does anybody know if patterns are avaible? I suppose I could make one, but it would be nice to have s.b. else doing the thinking for me.

Thanks for your input.
Claudia

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Date: 11/21/11 6:17 PM

Purplebouquet, The shower liner and the tablecloth fabric will not hold up well. You can find something made for sealing seams at an outdoor store.

DH may be just as happy with something like this Generic Cover that is much less expensive than the Green Egg brand cover. I love those Green Eggs. It's very, very tempting to get one. Have you done bread or pizza in the Egg?

I like a cover that stands a bit up and away from the covered item due to the humidity here. If that is practical (consider weight of snow), it would be great if you or DH could find something to put on top of the Egg to keep the cover from totally resting on it so it can breath.

Checked out the Easy Twist cover that we have used in the garage for about 6 years. Found out that although it works great, it is only because it is in the garage. The reviewers complain that the nylon does not hold up outside, at all (they are talking weeks)

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Date: 11/21/11 8:54 PM

I agree -- that fabric wouldn't hold up any time. I just made a vinyl cover for my husband's ATV out of outdoor fabric from www.grahamfabrics.com. It was 54 inches wide and $8.95 per yard. Unfortunately, I can't tell you the brand name of it -- it's not on the fabric anywhere. I don't think I could have sewn it without my industrial machine. You might also try www.rochfordsupply.com, where I have purchased fabric and thread also. They have UV thread and all sorts of outdoor fabric and ship quickly.

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Date: 11/22/11 12:31 PM

I've used marine duck, which I like better than the marine vinyl I used last time.

Our weather can be brutal on grill covers.

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Date: 11/22/11 9:44 PM

We have a BG Egg, and purchased the cover made for it. FWIW, I think the cover made for the egg is worth the cost. The egg is not inexpensive, nor was the table it sits in, and the cover protects both. Good luck whatever you decide to do!

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Date: 11/23/11 1:23 PM

All good points, thank you. Yesterday, I ordered the generic cover recommended by 7yearstitch. Shipping and returns are free, so I can send them back if they are not up to par. That will still give me plenty of time to buy the real thing before Christmas.

I already have several sewing projects piled up that I've GOT to finish soon yet I am not looking forward to (hemming two pants, taking in and redoing an invisible zipper on a skirt, sewing ribbon on ballet costumes) that I wasn't thrilled about sewing a cover, especially with fabric that might be difficult to find and sew. Thanks, all.

Claudia

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