It is getting to be that time of year where you want to be outside and light up the grill. Whether poolside, or on your back patio, summer is grilling season and you want to make sure to get your propane grill ready for summer.
Inspecting Your Propane Grill
Time and seasons are not always kind to the pieces and parts that make your grill work. Look underneath the grill for the hose that connects your propane tank to the grill. If it looks at all frayed or worn you will want to replace it. Next in the body of the grill remove the grates and heat directors if they are present to take a look at the burners. You want to make sure that the burners are not in any way obstructed by ash, burnt food or other. If it is, then you will need to clean it with a brush. If you have have an electronic starter make sure that it is still sparking. If it is battery powered you may need to replace the battery. Go through your grill and make sure any connections, bolts, or other are connected and tightened as intended.
Fill and Connect Your Propane Tank
Go to your nearest propane refill station to get your propane tank filled. Unlike with exchanging tanks you can get even a partially filled tank refilled and only pay for the propane you need. In addition when you are getting your propane tank filled your tank will be inspected to make sure it is in usable shape. When you get home attach your tank to your grill. Set all burners to off and open the tanks valve. If you hear gas escaping you will want to go back and check all connections, hoses and valves again.
Cleaning Your Grill
Use a brush or broom to remove any cobwebs, last fall’s leaves, or any other cruft that has made its way into your grill. Most of your grill you should be able to clean with warm soapy water and a sponge or towel. To clean the grates in your grill you will want to turn your grill on for 10-15 minutes. Then turn it off and allow it to cool for a while before cleaning it with a stiff wire grill brush and a little bit of elbow grease. If you have cast iron grates you may want to brush them lightly with vegetable oil using a paper towel to ensure that they maintain their seasoning and are less likely to rust.
Test It Out
Is your grill ready for summer? What tips and tricks do you have to make sure that your first BBQ of the season goes well? Let us know in the comments.