How to care for your gas grill

How to care for your gas grill

The summer months bring about thoughts of sunshine, going to the beach, and family barbecues. Gas grills are extremely popular for home barbecues and other events. Some gas grills are portable and can be taken anywhere. They are a great option for people who don’t like the mess of dealing with charcoal or become impatient waiting for the charcoal to heat up for proper grilling. Gas grills offer more control over heat settings and cooking options. A good gas grill can last up to ten or even fifteen years if cared for properly. Grills should be kept clean and properly maintained to ensure a good long life.

Cleaning Tips

Always check the owner’s manual for specific cleaning instructions for your model of gas grill.

Leave the grill on high for about ten minutes after removing the food. This will burn off most of the food particles and drippings from the rack. This procedure will also burn away any food particles that have dropped down into the grill near the burners. After the racks have cooled down you can then use a metal grill brush to remove any particles that may remain. Use caution with porcelain grill racks. You cannot use wire bristles on these without damaging them. Instead use warm, soapy water after the grill racks have cooled down.

Badly caked grill racks should be remove when the grill is cool and soaked in warm, soapy water. Use a plastic scouring pad to scrap the mess from the rack. Do not use oven cleaners and other harsh chemicals on racks or any other parts of the grill. They can have a corrosive effect and if these are not properly rinsed off they can contaminate your food.

The outside of the grill and the gas tank can be wiped down with warm, soapy water when the grill is not in use. Remember to never use steel wool when cleaning stainless steel grill covers.

If you are doing a deep cleaning and you wish to remove parts of the grill, be sure the gas is disconnected before beginning. Never take a grill completely apart if you do not know what you are doing. Consult your owner’s manual for more information.

You can use a wet/dry vacuum to suck out pieces of food and other items from the bottom of the grill if necessary. Remember to have gas disconnected before you begin.

Maintenance Tips

Frequently check the flame holes in your grill. If they appear to be clogged you can use a wire to open the hole. This is important if you want your grill to work properly.

If you see rust on your grill racks you should replace them immediately. You can try to remove the rust with your metal grill brush, but the rack will still have to be replaced eventually.

Inspect your gas tank often. Look for dents, rust, and general wear. If you find these things you should have your tank checked to be sure it is still safe to use. If you are in doubt, do not use it.

Check the hoses that connect the gas tank to the grill. Look for cracks or holes. If you find anything wrong with the hose, replace it immediately. You can periodically check for small holes by applying soapy water to the length of the hose. If bubbles appear this means you have a gas leak in the hose and it should be replaced before you use your grill again. Check the hose connections for proper fit. Never use an open flame to check for gas leaks.

If you have lava rocks or briquettes in your grill they should be replaced at least once a year. If they become saturated with grease they may not work well and they should be replaced. This will help reduce flame flare-up and uneven cooking.

You can apply vegetable oil to the outside of a cool grill to help protect and renew the finish.

Periodically check igniter switch and all wiring for secure connections. Test the igniter switch to be sure the grill is lighting properly and the flame is burning evenly.

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