Warning: Is Your Grill Safe To Use Yet?Apr 26 2013
It's finally spring time! And with the temperature heating up, you're probably getting ready to fire up the grill to really get in the spring spirit. But before you throw on the hamburgers and hotdogs, make sure you do a thorough cleaning of your grill – especially if it hasn't been used since last summer.
To get started, dry scrub the crud from the grates, burners and inside surfaces with a non-scratch sponge or nylon brush. Next, wash the surfaces with dish soap and water, rinse well then dry thoroughly. If you have iron or metal grates, you may want to reseason with some oil and if any of your grates are rusty or chipping, replace them.
Next, you should prep your propane tank. It's important to check it to ensure that it's safe to cook on. Run a leak test by coating regulators, valves and hoses with soapy water, then turn on the tank to pressurize the system. If you see any bubbles, its gas escaping from you tank. Make sure to seal off any areas where bubbles are appearing.
Once the propane is safe, clean out the venture tubes with a bottle brush. Then, fire up the burners without any grates on and find the spots that aren't flaming evenly. Once cool, clear those blockages with a paper clip.
Finally, once your grill is completely clean and all issues have been resolved – it's time to get your grill on! Happy grilling!!