The bench's lattice back is more than just a pretty backdrop. It provides square upon square from which to hang brushes, pot holders, and more.
Use metal S hooks to hang anything with a built-in loop (such as oven mitts and pans), as well as bins, racks, and grill baskets.
Corral small tools, such as basting brushes and meat thermometers, in stainless steel perforated bins and wire racks, which resist rust and won't collect rainwater.
Crown Bolt S hooks, homedepot.com. Stabil boiling inserts and Bygel wire basket, ikea.com.
Tip: Soak skewers Immerse bamboo skewers in water for 30 minutes before grilling to keep them from burning. Even better, soak a bunch at once and freeze them in a plastic bag to use all summer.
Pick a garbage can that's made of metal -- a safe choice around the grill -- and has a tight-fitting lid, which keeps curious pets (and other creatures) from nosing around. Grill brush, williamssonoma.com. Knodd 11-gallon bin, ikea.com.
Tip: To streamline cleanup, line your garbage can with four or so bags at a time, so after you pull out a full bag you won't have to stop to reline the bin.
When grilling season ends (which, happily, is months away), fold the bench flat and store your gear in sealed containers.
1. To protect the potting bench from the elements -- and ensure many summers of service -- store it under the eaves or in the garage.
2. Place long-handled barbecue utensils in a toolbox and everything else you need for the grill station in a plastic bin with a latching lid.
66-quart latch box (similar to shown), by Sterilite; homedepot.com. Toolbox, alicesupplyco.com.
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