Ahhhh, summertime. The days are longer, hotter, and packed full of activity; and one of the top summer activities is BBQ! All of that summertime fun can come grinding to a halt if your grill is not in working order. But fear not, this can all be avoided if you regularly maintain your grill. Since there are more things that can go wrong on a gas grill, the maintenance tips provided here are for gas grills. So read on and make sure your next BBQ is the best it can be!
Maintain Your Grill- Routine Gas Grill Maintenance Tips:
According to artofmanliness.com there are not a lot of complicated things that need to be done to maintain your grill. Follow these simple steps and your grill will be primed and ready!
- Check for propane leaks. This is as simple as rubbing soapy water along the gas line and connectors. You will need the propane turned on to do this. If any bubbles appear, you have a propane leak and will need to tighten your connections or replace the gas line altogether.
- Keep it covered! This is the easiest way to keep your grill from rusting, becoming exceedingly dirty, or just being exposed to harsh weather conditions.
- Keep it Clean! After each use, and while it is still hot, brush the grates with a sturdy grill brush. After it has cooled, you can also wipe the exterior with some window cleaner. In addition to this, a deeper cleaning should be performed once or twice a year, depending on how much you grill.
Maintain Your Grill- Deep Cleaning Tips
You’ve done a good job of keeping up with your routine maintenance, but inevitably you will need to perform deep cleaning once or twice a year. Not sure how to begin? planitdiy.com shows us the steps to performing a deep cleaning below.
- Turn off the gas and disconnect the propane tank.
- Remove cooking grates and burner cover bars.
- If your grates and/or burner bars are exceedingly rusted or pitted, it is time to replace them. If they are in good shape, simply soak them in warm water and scrub them with a scouring pad.
- Remove the warming rack, replace if needed. If not, clean in similar fashion to the grates and burner bars.
- Inspect the burners. Either replace them if they are worn out, or clean them. Make sure the burner holes are not clogged with debris. If they are, simply poke through with a small pointy tool.
- Scrape inside of the grill and the hood with a putty knife. This will get rid of that tough, built-up residue.
- Once it is all scraped, hit it with degreaser and let it stand for 10-15 minutes. Rinse it out and repeat if necessary. Let it dry completely before using.
- If there are any buttons or functions that no longer work, those need to be replaced.
- Lastly, put your grill back together and get cooking!