As the season transitions to fall, many people are getting in the last of their grilling done for the summer. One of the most important aspects of keeping your grill in good condition and your food tasting its best is regularly cleaning your grill. The following are 5 steps to clean your gas grill and grate, so you and your family can enjoy the last vestiges of summer BBQ.
Dissect Your Grill
First, you’ll need to open the grill and remove the parts. In doing this, you’ll be able to access the main grill chamber. This is where large food particles tend to fall as well as where grease drippings land. So when the grill is cold, open the hood, remove the grill grates, and set them aside.
Clean the Grill Box
Grease and food particles tend to collect inside the grill’s interior, also referred to as the “grill box.” Using a putty knife or an old spatula, you can scrape the sides of the grill of as much gunk as possible. If you don’t have a putty knife or spatula, any thin, flat tool will do. You also might want to consider wearing a pair of work gloves, since this is typically a dirty job.
Brush the Burner Tubes
If you have a gas grill, one part that often gets clogged by particles are the burner tubes. One indication of dirty burners is reduced flame size. The flame may also burn with an orange color instead of the usual blue. Both of these issues are symptomatic of abnormally low temperatures and an underpowered grill.
You can use a steel wire brush to gently clean the small holes on the tubes. Brush from the center of the tube outward, moving sideways. Otherwise, you may push debris into the tube or holes themselves instead of clearing them from obstructions.
Clean Grates are Great
Once the burner tubes and grill box is clean, you can reassemble the grill, turn it on to its highest temperature setting, and close the hood. If there’s a cleaning level on your burner dial, turn it to that level. After a few minutes, open the lid and scrape the grates with a metal grill brush.
There are a few additional steps you can take to avoid deposits of dirt and grease from forming in the first place. One method is to lubricate the grates of your hot grill with cooking oil before you start cooking. If you do have a grill brush without bristles, it’s a good idea to scrape your hot grates both before and after grilling.
For many people, grilling is one of the sublime pleasures of the summer months. To keep your gas grill looking and working great, make sure you thoroughly clean it with the steps listed above. For more information about grilling and grill cleaning, contact the experts at Don’s Heating and Cooling.