With the approach of winter, I realize that some of you are thinking it’s time and energy to pack your grill away until spring. And I also realize that some of you are thinking about forgetting and just letting your grill sit under a base of snow all winter. Of course that’s not what anyone plans on doing, it really happens that way. If you do you deserve to get your trusty barbecue rusted come spring.
After a long summer of grilling you probably have an excellent build-up of black, greasy gunk in your grill. Nasty since it sounds, you wish to get in there and get all of that cleaned out. This stuff could be corrosive burners. Dismantling your gas grill and cleaning off the in-patient parts is actually the simplest way to go. Once you’ve the grill stripped down to the shell you are able to clean it out easily with warm soapy water and an excellent rinse from the hose. The burners and grates could be cleaned up inside. You should also make note of any part that’s rusted through and need replacing. You might not have the ability to find those parts in the off season but you will know exactly things you need once the stores roll out their barbecue selection next year. This is a wonderful time and energy to repaint your grill either entirely or parts that want paint.
With the shell and all the components clean you are able to reassemble the grill. Fire it up one last time and energy to ensure that it is totally dry. Now you can go over the metal parts with some cooking oil or spray. This will repel any moisture that will build-up throughout the winter. Now you should cover your grill and park it in a place where it is going to be sheltered from the elements. A significant note about gas grills is that while a great dry corner of the garage is an ideal place for the grill, it’s not the area for the gas tank. Never store propane bottles in a specific area. Even the slowest of leaks can flood a location with explosive gas. It’s best to help keep the tank in a well ventilate area, protected from the weather.
When you have a charcoal grill exactly the same basic rules apply. But you should have an easier time of it. Charcoal grills and smokers tend to only desire a light coat of oil on the cooking grates and don’t must be oiled down like a fuel grill. When spring arrives always let your grill or smoker warm up completely when you cook. This will burn off this protective oil covering.