There’s nothing that says summer like a meal cooked on an outdoor grill. Whether you’re a fan of thick grilled juicy steaks, or fresh fish grilled to perfection, you know the secret to a successful meal is a finely tuned gas grill. Likewise, the quickest way to ruin the perfect meal is to find that your grill isn’t operating properly. Make sure that your gas grill is ready for summer with these handy tips. There’s much more to maintaining a grill than keeping it clean.
The best time to ensure that your gas grill is ready for summer is in the spring. That’s because if you discover that parts needs to be replaced, you’ll want time to locate them. Some parts, such as the burner or cooking grid, may need to be special-ordered which can take several weeks. By inspecting the grill ahead of time, you’ll be sure to have your grill up and running by the time you need it.
Before you begin, make sure you lay down a drop cloth or sheets of cardboard beneath the grill. Inspecting and cleaning it will be a messy undertaking, so you’ll want to take care to protect the ground underneath.
Get your gas grill ready for summer
Inspect the tank – Start by inspecting the propane tank. Is it full? Does it need to be replaced? Is it damaged? If you’re using the same propane tank as last year, make sure that it didn’t become damaged over the winter. It’s always a good idea to have a second propane tank filled and ready to use in the event your original tank runs out of gas during grilling.
Inspect the valves and hoses – Visually inspect the valves and hoses, looking for any sign of wear and tear such as cracking. Check for leaks by brushing the valves and hoses with soapy water. If bubbles appear, you know that there is a leak and the materials should be replaced before using.
Inspect for nests and debris – Inspect the entire grill for insect nests and other debris. Spiders are particularly fond of making nests inside grill components, and can fit down in the tightest crevices. Leaves, pine needles, and other debris can also find its way into small spaces inside the grill. Use a bottle brush, pipe cleaner, toothbrush, or compressed gas to effectively remove any unwanted object from the body of the grill.
Inspect the burner – Remove any lava rock or briquettes from inside the grill before removing the burners. Inspect them for signs of damage. Use a small wire to clean out the holes and/or slots and wipe it clean with a damp cloth. While the grill is empty, clean the shell of any other debris and wipe it, too, with a damp cloth.
Inspect the lava rock or briquettes – Lava rock or cooking briquettes should be replaced every 1 – 2 years, depending on the amount of grilling you do. If you feel that yours aren’t ready to be replaced yet, they can be cleaned up with gentle washing and drying.
Inspect the cooking grids – Remove the grids and thoroughly scrub them with a heavy wire brush. Chances are there is a heavy build-up of food and grease on the grids that will need heavily cleaned. Oven cleaner may be helpful in removing it, but be sure to use it in a well-ventilated area. If the grids cannot be cleaned, they can be replaced at an affordable price.
Ordering replacement parts for gas grills can be tricky. If you discover a damaged part, take it, along with the model and serial number of your grill, to your local dealer or parts store. This will ensure that you aren’t stuck paying for a part that you can’t use.
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Source: Professional experience