Get Ready! Grilling Season Is Here

Get Ready! Grilling Season Is Here

It is springtime! The weather is warming up and many Americans are planning their first barbecue of the season. With Memorial Day just around the corner, it is time to take those grills out of storage. Luckily, we’ve compiled some tips to help ensure that your grill is ready to go.

Clean it up

Hopefully, your grill was cleaned before it was put into storage. If it wasn’t, it may take some heavy-duty grease remover and scouring pads to clean the racks. Never use water or cleaners on the burners. Use some aluminum foil over the connections and gas ports to prevent water and cleaners from dripping in them. Even if your grill was clean when it went into storage, you’ll still want to wipe it down to remove any dust, leaves, or insects that may have crept in during the winter months.

Maintenance Check

When you take your grill out of storage, it is important to do a quick maintenance check to make sure everything is functioning properly.

  • Check for rust, dents, etc. to make sure your grill is safe to operate.

  • Before hooking up the propane, check that none of the gas ports are plugged. If you notice some that are, you can use a toothpick to clean them out.

  • Tighten any loose bolts on the stand/carriage.

  • Check that the ignition switch is functioning properly

  • Visually inspect the fuel lines. If they appear worn, you’ll need to replace them.

  • After hooking up the propane, use soapy water to check for any signs of leaking on the fuel lines. If leaking, they will need tightening or replacing.

  • Once the propane is hooked up, ignite the grill and visually check that the burners are heating evenly across the burner. If they are not, turn the grill off, let it cool and check for debris buildup or equipment damage.

High Burn

The final step in getting your grill ready for the season is to turn your grill on, turn it up to high and allow it to sit for about five (5) minutes. Known as ‘burning off the grease’ on your grill, this is an important step in getting your grill ready. Even if your grill was properly cleaned before storage, this step will help burn off any remaining dust or impurities so that you are ready to enjoy delicious grilled food.

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