Grill Canopy — Innovative Barbecue Covering System
Grill Canopy — Innovative Barbecue Covering System
Introducing The Grill Canopy – the quickest, easiest and most durable Barbecue cover you’ll ever use.
Introducing The Grill Canopy – the quickest, easiest and most durable Barbecue cover you’ll ever use. Read more
About this project
The Grill Canopy achieves what other grill covers cannot!
We feel we have truly reinvented the BBQ Cover, and added new inspiration to an uninspired market.
Our mission for improvement: Durable. Simple. Convenient.
Our innovative bracket is what makes the Grill Canopy truly unique. It allows for easy and fast coverage, with the added bonus of built in storage. The Grill Canopy never touches the ground.
About the Grill Canopy
We are Sacha Hockenhull and Matt Chaplin, two Canadian men who seek to improve a common backyard problem.
What started as a simple question (“Why isn’t there a better way to cover my grill already?!”) turned into a mission. We saw two distinct problems with the grill covers currently on the market: longevity and ease of use. After two years of dreaming, developing and prototyping, we have come up with the remarkably durable, near-instant and simple Grill Canopy.
Current Grill Covers typically wind up covering your deck rather than your grill, becoming dusty, dirty and unusable overtime. The Grill Canopy is designed with a built in mounting bracket to ensure that your grill cover will never be left in the dust. Our innovative, patented design not only provides clean effective storage, but also allows for smooth and quick grill covering.
Normal grill covers can’t stand up to temperate weather, let alone the typical Canadian climate, but The Grill Canopy is entirely different. After an exhaustive search, we have found inspiration in the fabric used on the clothing of outdoor enthusiasts. This strong and durable fabric has been tested from -40°C to 150°C and perfectly protects a grill while strongly standing up to the elements.
We Need Your Help!
We’ve put the time and effort in, and we’re sure that our Grill Canopy is the best grill cover out there. Now we just need to get it into production so that every one else can love it as much as we do! Manufacturing and product sourcing is in place and ready to go. Up until this point we’ve been creating small batches of the product out of our homes and garages —and even with this micro-manufacturing model we’ve developed a cult-like following of consumer fans. But we want to take it to the next level, while still protecting the quality, consistency and pride inherent in our product. We’ve carefully selected manufacturing partners and we’re 100% confident that with an extra injection of capital we can do something really special. We’ve developed a handful of different reward levels for backers that you’ll see just on the side of this page. In addition to the Grill Canopy, there’s a whole bunch of fun stuff that we’re excited to share with our fans and supporters, so don’t hesitate to jump in and pledge whatever you want. We really appreciate every bit of support, no matter how large or small!
Making the Grill Canopy...Prototype after prototype (23 in all), we ironed out all of the flaws and even added some special features!
Our Design Process
We first set out to create a grill cover so convenient to use that there would be no excuse to leave your grill uncovered. It had to be simple enough to operate in seconds, and with a single hand, if necessary. Our solution: The Grill Canopy is built with flexible material, integrated battens (to provide structure to the canopy), and is supported by a stainless steel bracket at the side of your grill. As you can see, we even went a step further, making it so that your grill cover will NEVER have to touch the ground again! When removed from your grill, the canopy sits securely in our innovative bracket system (which very simply attaches to your grill's side table). It will never blow away in the wind again, and will always be waiting, right next to your grill, ready to use at the drop of a hat!
Next in our process we set out to find the ideal fabric. Our fabric had to be flexible, even in icy, -40ºC temperatures. As we looked for inspiration in day to day life, we found the answer: Sports clothing fabric! As avid rock climbers and outdoor enthusiasts, we tested our super flexible, light weight, water proof fabric in our outerwear clothing. It effortlessly withstands the elements, and continuous friction from sharp rocks and extreme weather conditions. The fabric used for the Grill Canopy is all of that, with a few improvements. We've taken extra steps with our fabric to ensure that it is extremely durable, weatherproof and flexible, and on top of that, UV and mildew resistant! (It also looks incredible!)
Finally we wanted to ensure that the grill canopy had superior style. Several prototypes later, the Grill Canopy has become a product that we are truly proud of. We topped it off with a sexy leather badge of honour, and there you have it...the last Grill Cover you will ever own!
The Grill Canopy Coaster/patch - a small 'Thank You' for our supporters. All supporters over $20 will receive one branded Grill Canopy Leather coaster.
Please note: The Grill Canopy fits most standard shaped barbecues (as seen below). The BBQ cover requires 2 side tables for mounting and proper fitting. For more information please refer to the updates section to see a quick installation demo.
Risks and challenges
We have decades of experience in Grilling. Seriously we do it a lot. We are all around DIY’ers and have always loved to solve our own problems. Both of us have experience in project management, product design, and international sourcing.
We have used the pre-production of the Grill Canopy as an experience to further learn from our market and customers. After real life testing with over 30 different users for the past 18 months, we have come up with some design alterations for final Grill Canopy you will receive after our successful campaign.These include a re-design of the fabric for better fade resistance and waterproofing improvements, moving the battens, and a redesign of the bracket for easier installation & durability.
With your help we will be able to make these small changes and order the first large quantity manufacturing run of The Grill Canopy! Manufacturing and all product sourcing are ready to go. We need your support to give this innovation the go ahead.
The Grill Canopy is unparalleled in quality, resulting in a great product that you are sure to love. Hand building these in a Garage in Banff, Canada means it has a high cost attached to the manufacturing of the Grill Canopy. We have a dream of streamlining this to make the product more attractive to retailers. Retailers currently offer customers a cover that won't last, either because they haven't been given a better option, or they look to ensure the customer must repurchase; this is called "planned obsolescence" and unfortunately it is extremely common in today's marketplace.
We are Ready for a Kickstarter launch!
In short we have been preparing to produce the Grill Canopy and are ready to go. We need your support to move forward with mass producing and marketing a great grill cover. Manufacturing partners are lined up from our first production run and are ready to hit any number.
Help get the Grill Canopy protecting grills, tell us you agree with our vision by pledging to support the The Grill Canopy project today.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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