Posted on March 02, 2016
Doesn’t it just seem like you packed away your grill for the winter just a few short weeks ago? If so, good for you as most of us feel as though it has been years, instead of months, since we cooked mouth-watering meats and other foods on our BBQ grills. Well, it is now March and you can begin to count the days until you prep your BBQ grill for yet another season of BBQs and fun.
The days are getting longer and the temperature is warmer, sure signs that winter is beginning to loosen its icy grip and give way to spring. If you have been looking forward to the moment you can break out your grill, we know just how you feel. But before you slap those ribs or that steak on your Weber grill, there are a few things you need to do to properly prepare your grill.
And if your grill is not working properly, now is a great time to order the BBQ grill parts you need. Hurry up and do so before grilling season begins!
If you have a propane grill, you need to take off the tank and inspect it for any damage. Check for valve leaks by splashing soapy water all over the valve and looking for bubbles. If you see bubbles, go in and have it repaired right away. You should also check the gas hose for any wear and tear. You will want to ensure there are no cracks or holes in the hoses. Also, check the ignition switch to make sure it is lighting properly.
Now, give your grill a good cleaning. This should be done even if you cleaned your grill in the fall before you stored it for the winter. It has been several months since you have used your grill, it is likely covered in dust and other debris. If you cleaned it well in the fall, this should be an easy job, if not, then you will need to do some scrubbing.
Now, if you have to do a hard clean, some people recommend turning the grill on to burn off the excess leftovers from last season, others do not recommend this. We will leave this step up to you. For those real stubborn particles, let the grill parts soak in some warm and soapy water for awhile, then use a wire brush to scrub it down. If you notice rust starting to form, now would be a good time to replace those parts as well.
Make sure you clean all the parts outside your grill too. Just make sure you use a cleaner that won't hurt the finish. Take off all the knobs and soak them as well, make sure all components of your BBQ grill are clean. While you are at it, take a look at the overall condition of the various components to see if anything needs to be repaired or replaced. After all, you wouldn’t want your BBQ grill to break down in the middle of grilling season.
Now, come spring, you are ready to grill to your heart's content.