Annual Cleaning of your Grill Interior

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 @ 09:06 AM

Burning off food and grease particles on your Brinkmann grill, or any propane grill, after each use will keep it ready for your next grilling session. However, once a year you should give the entire grill a good thorough cleaning. You may want to do this right before the grilling season starts. Or if you grill year round, make the time.

To do this you want to make sure all burner valves are turned to the off position. Make sure the propane tank is also in the off position. Detach the gas hose & regulator assembly. Inspect it for damage and replace anything necessary. You should be able to find a list of replacement parts with the manual that came with your grill. Remove any heat diffusers, cooking grids, and gas burners. Cover gas valve orifices with foil. Brush the inside & bottom of the grill with a nylon brush and wash with a solution of mild soap & warm water. I like to use a sponge with a scrubby side on it too. The heat diffusers may also be cleaned with the warm water & mild soap solution. Rinse thoroughly & let dry. Depending on the material that your cooking grates are made of, the soap solution may work here as well, but never use soap on cast iron grates!!!! Season them or clean and re-season if need be.

Clean your grease tray. This should be done periodically anyway…not once a year. Check it frequently & empty, wipe out, & wash with mild soapy water if necessary.

Also keep in mind that spiders get busy in late summer & early fall. In those time periods, or if your grill sits unused for a  while, you will want to clean your burner tubes and ports once a month, to avoid flash backs. Tomorrow we will go into cleaning or burner tubes and burner ports.

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