If you enjoy barbecuing, make sure your grill is ready to go when you are.
||Grill Maintenance Tips:
- The first requirement is a sturdy cover to help protect the grill from unnecessary wear and tear. Make sure it fits tightly over the grill in order to keep out the elements.
- If your grill needs a paint job, sand off any rust spots or flakes first, and then spray with a special paint formulated to withstand high temperatures.
- After using the grill, always clean the grates with a stiff wire brush. If you have a porcelain-coated surface, be sure to use a brush with brass bristles. For a cast-iron surface, use a stainless steel wire brush.
- Empty and clean the grease pan frequently, and spray the grates with cooking oil to prevent rust and to prepare the surface for cooking.
Safety Tip: Only clean the grill grates when the grill is cold.
- Maintenance of the grill components is also extremely important, especially if the grill has gone through long periods without being used. Because spiders and insects can nest inside the venturis -- a constricted passage that carries gas to the burners -- it's important to keep these particular grill components clean by using a venturi brush. Be sure to go over gas valves and burners to remove carbon deposits and other debris.
- Spray oven cleaner on greasy surfaces, loosen the buildup with a wire brush and wipe with paper towels.
- Test the grill to make sure the flames spread evenly over the surface of the burner.
- Finally, check the lava rocks for signs of wear. If they are cracked or starting to collect grease, replace them with new ones.
- Reassemble the components and you're ready for your next BBQ!