Time to Clean your Grill!

That’s right it is that time of year again, when days are becoming longer and for some of you the snow is melting off. That means it is a good time for you to do some grill maintenance.  Whether you‘ve had your grill stored for the winter, or like me you live in an area that allows you to use your grill year round, it’s wise to take the time to do some simple maintenance that will prevent a disaster in the middle of  your next big BBQ or possibly save your life. So let’s get started shall we.

First, you should begin with a visual inspection of the grill, inside and out, looking for any rust or corrosion, loose or missing parts, nests, spider webs, etc… Making sure to inspect the venturi tube, the tube between the burner and the gas valve, for spiders. They love to nest in these tubes and this can be very dangerous. If plugged this could cause an explosion. Remove any webs and, nests, and make sure to, tighten or replace any loose or missing parts. Next, check the grates for any sign of deterioration, replace any damaged grates as needed. If the grates are in good condition set them aside.

At this point most of you are looking at briquettes, lava rocks, or some other sort of heat distribution system. This media whatever you have in your grill helps to eliminate flare-ups, but also helps with heat distribution. Briquettes can be cleaned with soap and water. After cleaning set aside allowing to dry thoroughly. Replace any damaged briquettes or lava rocks and the grate that holds them as needed.

Now, you should be looking at the burners. Inspect the burners for rust, corrosion, blocked burner holes and any other damage. Remove the burners per your owners manual. Clean burners and cooking grates with mild soap and water and rinse well and replace if necessary.

Now, with your grill stripped use a wet/dry vacuum and  clean out the grill box. Once you have vacuumed out all of the loose particles, you can wash down the grill box with mild soap and water if you want to. When you are done washing use your wet/dry vacuum to remove any excess water and dry well. After the grill has completely dried, would be an excellent time to touch up any spot that needs paint (or even paint the entire grill if necessary). If you have a stainless steel grill refer to your owner’s manual for cleaning instructions.

Now we are going to take a look at the gas line. Whether you have a propane tank or your grill is connected to the natural gas line you should inspect the gas line for cracks, kinks, wear and replace it if necessary. If the gas line appears to be in good condition then check for leaks.
With the gas on,  apply soapy water over the entire gas line and connection. If you see bubbles forming you have a leak. Depending on where the bubbles are forming will determine if you need to replace the hose or simply tighten the connection. Re-apply the soapy solution and re-test. Now that you are confident that there are no more leaks it is time to re-install the burners per the owner’s manual.

With the burners installed, fire up the grill and adjust the flame on your burners per your owners manual. Once the burners have been adjusted you can continue to re-assemble the grill in the reverse order. The burners are already installed. Now reinstall the grate that holds the briquettes/lava rocks. This would be a good time to replace the battery for your ignitor if your grill is so equipped.

Once everything is put back together fire up the grill again to make sure all is working properly. Once you are satisfied that all is working well than it’s time to grill!

And when your done grilling and the grill has cooled off don’t forget to protect your grill by keeping it covered when you are not using it.

Happy grilling!

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