How do you maintain a BBQ? The season of grilling is upon us! If you haven’t yet, this is the time to clean up your barbeque. Here’s some key tips for maintaining your grill.
Gas grills need a little extra care and attention.
- Always ensure that when you replace your propane cylinder it has been properly filled, and doesn’t exceed the 80 percent capacity rule. This leaves room for the liquid to expand.
- Check for gas leaks whenever you disconnect and reconnect the regulator — especially the first time of the year! Check hoses for abrasion. Look for leaks by using a soap and water solution to test for leaks.
- Tip: Always leave the lid of your grill open when lighting the burner. If the lid is closed, then sometimes gas can build up, and that can lead to a flash-off when the burner does light.
- Make sure that you have the grill set up in an open, and well-ventilated space. Best practice is to place it at least 10 feet from the home.
- Before the first grilling session of the year make sure all the grill parts are secure and working properly. This includes the legs, wheels and lid hinges & handles.
- Always clean and brush up the grate for the first grilling session of the year. Start by preheating the BBQ up to 500-550 degrees. This burns away any leftover debris and corrosion. Use a stainless steel bristle brush to remove the ash and debris. The start of the grilling season is also a good time to buy a new brush.