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Tips for Cleaning a Gas Grill

There is a good chance that you are more attached to your gas grill than the oven inside your home. Proper cleaning will go a long way in ensuring that it operates and looks its best for a very long time.

  • Brush debris away from the flame tamers, otherwise known as vaporizer bars and heat tents. Regardless what you call them, they cover the burner inside and need to be cleaned.

  • Clogged burners can result in premature burner failure and uneven cooking time in tube, flat, u-shaped, and cast burners. Use a dry wire brush, making sure to really focus on the port area. Clean away any grease or residue, too. If you have ceramic burners these are easiest cleaned by turning the burners on for about 10 minutes. This will burn the debris away.

  • Cleaning the gate thoroughly is extremely important to prevent bacteria buildup. A grill stone or dry wire brush is ideal to use. Always make sure the burners are off. If you are using a stone then you don't need water. Once the grates are cleaned, spray a coat of vegetable oil on them. It should be noted that if your grates are damaged then the bristles of a grill brush can be dislodged. Always check your bristles to make sure they are in good condition.

  • Use a wire brush to clean the holes of the venture tubes. These tubes are responsible for mixing gas and air to feed the burners. They are very attractive to spiders and other insects, but even the smallest blockage can be a fire hazard. When the tube has dried, replace it, making sure the gas valve and the tube are perfectly aligned.

Routine Maintenance

Any time you deal with gas as a fuel source, you have to take extra safety precautions. These are not tasks that need to be done every time you grill, but they should be done routinely.

  • Check the fuel line for cracks at least once or twice a month. Use a brush to apply soapy water to the connections. If you see bubbles form, you need to replace the line or tighten the connections.

  • If you are using propane check the gauge levels. If your tank does not have a gauge pour some warm water on one side of the tank. Use your hand to follow the stream of water. You should feel a distinct area where the tank starts feeling cool. That is where your fuel level is.

  • You also want to get in the habit of checking the pressure regulators to make sure they are tight.

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