Category Archives: BBQ Service & Maintenance

Inspecting and Cleaning Your Gas Grill Burners

When you are the owner of a gas grill, you want to make sure that all the parts continue to work properly.  Regular inspection of parts will allow you to spot any potential problems early, saving your money on expensive repairs.  It will also make sure that your safety is ensured every time that you use your grill.

One of the areas that you need to regularly inspect is your burners. The burners are the heart of the grill, and should be checked at least several times throughout the summer grilling season.  If your burners are working correctly, that you are well on your way to making sure that your entire grill is safe, effective, and efficient.

The first thing you want to look for with your burners is how the flame burns.  If the burner flame is burning evenly around the entire perimeter of the burner, and continues to burn evenly at all different control settings, then you can be sure that the burner is currently operating properly.  However, even when your burner appears to be working correctly, it is always a good idea to inspect it in order to catch any early warning signs of problems.

To properly inspect your burners, you will want to remove them from the grill.  Use a wire brush to clean the outside of the burner.  The brush will remove any residue or loose corrosion that is attached to the burner.  Stick an opened paper clip into the gas holes to clean any clogs and a venturi brush into the venturi tubes to remove any potential blockages.

Once the burner has been removed, check the assembly for corrosion.  The biggest place for corrosion is along the seams at the edges of the burner ports, as the seams have a tendency to trap grease. Check the strength of the assembly by applying pressure with your thumbs to all the solid metal areas. This will help you ascertain is there are any weak spots. The last thing you want to check for is any clogged holes or flaked away openings. Both will cause the burner ports to enlarge, causing an uneven burn.

On average, burners will last between 2-5 years.  Their life depends on the quality of construction, the climate, location, usage, and maintenance.  By regularly inspecting and cleaning your burners, you can make sure that you get the most out of their lifespan.

Cleaning A Cast-Iron Grill Grate

Cast iron grill grates are popular choices due to the cast irons toughness and durability, as well as for its ability to heat evenly and retain that heat for extended periods of time. While cast iron grill grates may be resilient to many different conditions, they need to be properly cleaned and maintained in order to last.  Here is an easy guide to cleaning your cast iron grill, keeping it in tip-top condition.

The first thing to remember is that the best time to clean your grill grate is right after you’ve finished grilling.  Cleaning as soon as you are finished means that the food and residue do not have any time to harden or attach to the grill grate.  Allow the grill grate to cool only enough so that you can safely handle it.

The second, and perhaps most important, thing to remember is that the biggest enemy of your cast iron grate is water.  Water that is left on the grill grate will cause it to rust and deteriorate.  While water is used in a few steps off the cleaning process, it is imperative that it is fully removed by the time you are done cleaning.

The first step in cleaning your grate is to scrub it down with a wire brush in order to remove any food particles that may be lingering on the surface.  Once you have brushed the biggest particles of food off, spray down the grate with a solution of one part apple cider vinegar and four parts water. Wipe off the solution with a paper towel, repeating as necessary until all food residue is removed.

Once all food particles have been removed, the next step is to remove any extra grease.  The grease can be washed off with a sponge dipped in warm water and a mild soap.  Again, make sure that the soapy water solution is completely rubbed off with a clean cloth.

After your grill has been completely cleaned, you want to season the grill.  This can be accomplishing by applying a light film of oil (vegetable or olive) or shortening to the grill grates. Seal the oil by wrapping each grate in foil and then placing in the grill. Turn the grill on high, close the lid, and heat the grates for around 10 minutes.

Seasoning your grill will help protect it from rust.

By following these steps you can make sure that your grill remains is good shape and that you are always ready to fire it up for your next barbeque.