Summer is just around the corner. It’s time to give that BBQ a tune up so it is ready for summer grilling season. Here are some tips:
If you have a gas grill there are some safety rules. Take the tank off and give it a close look. Are there any dents, rust, or wear. Is the valve tight? Pour soapy water over the valve while it is open. Look for bubbles that indicate a leak. If so, fix or replace it.
Get that tank filled so it is ready for summer. If the tank looks worse for the wear, get a new one.
Check any hoses for wear or cracking. Are there holes? Is the hose securely attached at both ends? Use the soap water test on hoses with tank turned on. Replace any hoses that show bubbles.
If your BBQ has a built-in ignition switch, make sure it lights the grill and it burns with an even flame.
Clear burner tubes to avoid blockage like spider webs or debris. These can restrict gas flow and prevent the igniter from lighting. Brush portholes with a stainless steel brush moving up and down. This will keep debris from dropping back into the tubes.
Now that you’ve checked out your BBQ, leave it running for ten or fifteen minutes on high. This burns off last season’s build up. Use a wire brush to clean the grill. If the surface is porcelain let the BBQ cool. Then use warm soapy water to clean it. Soak if there are stubborn stains and use a plastic scouring pad to clean the porcelain grill surface.
If your grill has stainless steel tables, use a stainless steel cleaner and terry towels to avoid scratching the surface.
Lava rocks should be replaced annually.
If repairs are needed, make them right away so they do not become more costly or result in your having to buy a new BBQ. Like any machine, your grill requires maintenance and up keep.
If your grill uses charcoal, clean the outside first. Use a sponge and soapy water. Dry with a clean rag.
Next lift the lid. If your grill looks like paint is peeling, this is carbonized grease. Use a stainless steel brush to clean off this debris. Then use a sponge and soapy water. Lastly, rinse and dry your grill when you finish.
Taking these maintenance tips will ensure you’re ready for the BBQ season.