Although outdoor barbecuing typically takes place during the warm summer months, more and more Diehards are extending this cooking activity to a year-round event. Of course, some of us are lucky enough to live in a climate where barbecuing is easily possible every month of the calendar. But anytime is a good time for a little barbecuing!
But regardless of the season, it’s important to keep your grill in good condition so it’s always ready when you’re interested in a delicious BBQ.
As always: safety first
By following some basic guidelines, you can be sure that your barbecue is in top shape and many outdoor cooking classes will follow.
Attention! For those who have served in the military, it is routine to be attentive before inspection. And the inspection of your barbecue should also be routine and deserve your attention. (Except there’s no need to take the position!) So let’s take a close look at the grate to make sure it’s in good condition.
The fire is the main aspect of your gas grill test. But things like beetles, spiders, bird nests and other creatures can find a home in the burner tubes and other “comfortable” hidden places. A quick look outside the box reveals all the obstacles that can prevent gas from flowing freely to the ports.
As soon as a clear gas flow is guaranteed, check it again for leaks. The easiest way to check for gas leaks is with liquid soap. (Yes, dishwashing detergents work well.)
If you have a spray bottle, you can mix some soap and water. If a spray bottle is not handy, spraying some soap directly from the container will also work.
Assuming you’re outdoors (because it’s never a good idea to operate your gas grill in an environment other than a well-ventilated area), make sure the control knobs are all set to the “Off” position.
Next, turn the gas valve a little to open the flow and start spraying the soap – or soap solution – onto the joints in the gas line and the connections to the tank. Bubbling means there is a leak. Not good. But better to find it now than what might happen later.
To find the leak
And to stop the blistering, tighten the seals. That should do it. Otherwise, the parts may be too worn and must be replaced. As soon as you have finished the leak test, do not forget to close the gas valve!
If you have a spare tank, it is not recommended to store it under your grill. Yes, it’s a convenient place and you know exactly where it is when you need it, but it’s not a good idea. In fact, it is not advisable to store them in a closed room. It is best to keep them outdoors, in an upright position and away from curious children.
Keep your barbecue
clean is a smart move and there are a number of ways to achieve it. Some outdoor chefs like to cook on aluminium foil. This keeps the grill surface nice and shiny and makes cleaning a simple crease and throw activity!
Another way to protect food from sticking is to spray a non-stick spray onto the grill surface. Although you may want to remove it when spraying so that the excess does not drip onto the burner surface.
A lazy and easy way to clean it is to preheat the grill and burn those stuck on balls of BBQ sauce and grease stains! After a few minutes, the Char-Broil bits will dissolve easily with a stiff metal brush. But the “recommended way” to clean the grill is to scrub the surface with a stiff brush and soapy water while it is still warm. Not hot, but warm. Then rinse it with a cloth and dry it with a cloth. The deposits adhering to the grill are easier to remove when heated. The cold stuff is like concrete!
Maintain your gas grill for years of grilling pleasure
Many meters designed to tell you how much propane is left in the tank are not reliable indicators. One way to “ballpark” the remaining fuel in the tank is to weigh it. A standard propane tank weighs about 18 pounds when empty. And about 32 pounds when they are full. So one way to judge how much more cooking power is stored in your tank is to put the cylinder on a bathroom scale! No, it’s not a high-tech method, but it works.
It is vital to remember that barbecuing is an outdoor activity. Besides enjoying the outdoors while cooking, it is the safest place to operate your gas grill. Cooking in a closed room like a garage or a closed terrace is a recipe for danger.
The gas grill radiates heat and can produce a lot of smoke during use.
So make sure you are far away from walls, awnings, picnic table umbrellas and the like. Watch out for children, animals and plants! Barbecuing should be a pleasant experience. Keep it safe. After you have cooked the food perfectly and the grill is cleaned and ready for the next tour, there is another thing to do. Cover it up. Of course, the grill has to be cooled before the protective cover is put on, but this prevents the elements from prematurely ageing your valuable cooking machine and giving you so many years of grilling pleasure.