Let’s celebrate the return of warm weather and outdoor gatherings this Memorial Day weekend by dusting off the old barbecue and gearing up for a great season of grilling. To get your gas grill ready for action – Fireside would like to share 5 Simple Cleaning Tips to get your grill in prime working condition this summer.
1. Clean the Grates & Grease Trap
Avoid grease fires by regularly cleaning your grates and grease trap. Scrape off any left-over debris from last year’s grilling season with a stainless-steel brush. Next, remove grates from grill and wipe down with a wet soapy sponge. Rinse & dry thoroughly. Then empty and clean out the grease trap. For easy clean up in the future, line your grease trap with some sturdy aluminum foil or a fresh foil pan.
2. Clear Burner Tubes
The burner tubes are located under the grate and metal baffles. If the small holes in the burners are blocked or obstructed, poke them with a bent paperclip or straight pin to clear the debris. If the holes appear deteriorated and cracked, replace them with new burners.
3. Check for Leaks
Brush soapy water over all of the hoses and connections. If bubbles form when gas is running, it could indicate a loose connection, or that you have another leak. Tighten your connections or replace any cracked line immediately.
4. Check the Igniter
If you don’t hear the clicking sound, it could indicate that you have weak batteries and they need to be replaced. Most igniters take a size AA battery and are located behind the ignition switch. If you have difficulty locating the ignition switch be sure to check your owner’s manual.
5. Fire It up
Once you’ve cleaned out the grill and made sure there are no leaks, fire it up. Allow the grill to burn for a few minutes and watch to make sure that all the burners are firing properly.
Now that you’re done with “spring cleaning” on your grill, it’s time to break out the brats, burgers, vegetables and juicy steaks! For all your grilling needs check out Fireside’s huge selection of grills, accessories, spices, replacement parts and more!