At least once a year, you’ll want to inspect and clean your grill to make sure it’s ready for the next big barbecue. Here’s a helpful checklist to help get your grill prepped and ready to work safely.
Firing Up Your Grill
- Inspect burner and gas supply tubes
- Look for blockages like spider webs, grease build-up and rust. Check gas hoses and replace them if the rubber is worn or frayed.
- Check for gas leaks
- Make a soap solution by mixing one part water with one part liquid detergent. Turn on the gas supply and apply the mixture to gas pipe connections. If soap bubbles appear, you have a leak – repair it before using the grill.
- Inspect rock grids, cooking grids, or flavoring bars
- Look for rust and signs of heavy wear. Replace lava rocks once every season or more frequently if grease build-up is an issue.
- Clean it thoroughly
- You’ll reduce flare-ups from built up grease and debris and cook food more evenly if your burner tubes are clear. Soak the main grills, racks, and burner cover in warm, soapy water, then use a grill brush to scrape off food particles and grease. Use a wet/dry shop vac to remove additional debris.
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