sounds worse at the end of an all-day barbecue than
cleaning the grill.
hours spent perfecting steaks, burgers and bratwursts
for friends and family, itís tempting to let the grill
cool and return to clean it tomorrow ó maybe.
falling behind on cleaning and maintaining a gas grill
can take years off the grillís lifespan, and it will
cost you in the long run.
always the worst when you buy a $1,000 grill, and three
years down the road youíre spending $1,000 on
parts," says Christopher Sanchez, retail general
manager of Tru-Lite Gas Products in Houston.
the grill after every use
best way to maintain a grill is to clean it after every
by turning the heat up to medium or high to burn excess
grease off of the grill grate.
that baby run for about seven minutes, and burn off that
excess grease and fat," Sanchez says.
the right grill brush
the excess grease has burned off, brush the grates,
panels and flavor bars ó but donít use just any
brushís bristles shouldnít bend too easily,
otherwise they could snap off. Thatís especially
dangerous if you use a wire brush and accidentally
ingest one of the bristles. A nylon brush, a wood
scraper or grill-cleaning cloths are all safe
$5 brush is too cheap to last beyond two or three
cleanings, but you donít need to pay $50 either. A $30
brush should hold up for a long time before it needs to
be replaced, Sanchez says.
the grill as you would brush your teeth ó the goal is
to remove any remnants of food that shouldnít be
donít forget to empty the grillís grease trap, which
collects fatty deposits while youíre cooking. If itís
not cleared regularly, it can start a fire in the grill
that could spread to your home.
donít ever use soap and water to clean the inside of a
grill. Think of the grill as an oven; if you wouldnít
use something to clean an oven, it doesnít belong near
the grill, says Steve Pulone, vice president of
operations for OíMaliaís Living in Carmel, Indiana.
might as well be putting nails in the coffin,"
the grill dry
little advanced planning can also keep a gas grillís
exterior looking nicer longer.
metal paint can protect your grill during spring
showers. If rust does appear, try using steel wool to
remove it. A grill cover offers even more protection.
is a pretty big enemy of a gas grill," Pulone says.
consider having your grill professionally serviced and
calibrated once each year by a qualified outdoor kitchen
or gas grill specialist.
professional can disassemble the grill, cleaning areas
that otherwise would be difficult or impossible to
reach. Thatís especially important for gas grills that
use propane, as propane causes a buildup of soot
(carbon), Sanchez says.
the grill is reassembled, a professional can check the
gas grillís pressure to ensure the burners are heating
professional cleaning takes about two hours from start
to finish, and can cost $130 to $325, depending on the
grillís size, Pulone and Sanchez say.
grill cleaning and maintenance can keep a grill cooking
past its typical lifespan, Sanchez says. So take 20
minutes, and clean the grill tonight
dishes can wait until morning.