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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Clean Grill is a Happy Grill!

If you are like me and use your grill a LOT, it starts to develop a lot of "character". Or some would say dirt. The truth is you need to give your grill a good cleaning at least twice a year. Some things to do that will help.

1. Soak the grill grates in soapy water.  I find that mine are too big for the sink so I use a large disposable aluminum roasting pan.  My grates are stainless steel. You may have some that are enamel or other material. No worries they can all soak.  Be sure to scrub them with a wire brush or scouring pad to get all of the burnt on crud off.  If you use an oven cleaner be sure to use gloves and rinse the greats at least three times before you put them back in.

2. Check the grill for any issues or places where drippings can build up.  I have a removable tray under the firebox, but underneath it still gets dirty. Be sure to clean around the burners if it is gas grill and clean the inside of the grill too.  That will help prevent fires or flare ups.

3. Check your gas supply line and make sure that it does not need to be replaced.

4. After all the parts are clean put them back in the grill and let them air dry. The first time you use the grill let it heat up for an extra 5 minutes to make sure that any residual cleaning chemicals are burnt off.

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