There are few things more satisfying than a good outdoor cookout. However, you’ll need to make sure you keep your gas BBQ maintained if you want it in perfect condition come next summer. Here’s how…
Maintain it effectively
There are three main areas that you’ll need to check regularly when maintaining your gas BBQ.
- Check and make sure there are no leaks. All you need to do to make sure there aren’t any gas leaks is to run a bit of soapy water along the connections (with the gas turned on). If you see bubbles form, that means you’ve got a leak and you’ll need to repair or replace the line.
- Ensure your grill’s covered. If you’re not using your grill – during a rainy season, for instance – keep it covered up. If you don’t, you might find you’ve got a bit of an insect farm going on by the time summer rolls around. (And of course, covers prevent rusting.)
- Clean as regularly as you can. Some people cover their grill up at the end of summer and don’t look at it again until spring’s finished the next year. We don’t recommend this: give it a clean at least once every three months, and you’ll see a big difference the next time you want to get cooking.
Clean your grill
There are a few key steps you’ll need to take when cleaning your grill:
- Scrub the grates down with a good brush, using force where necessary to ensure you get rid of all those little chunks of meat. (If you need to, use a metal scraper or wire wool.)
- Once you’ve done the top, remove the grill and clean the underside.
- Remove and then wash your burner protectors. These are invaluable in a gas BBQ, but that doesn’t stop them getting covered with grease, crumbs and other runoffs from the main grill. Clean them, too.
- Wipe grime off the burners. The burners themselves will need a wipe down; however, the protectors should mean they don’t get too dirty. A good cloth combined with soapy water will usually be sufficient.
- Clean out the gunk at the bottom. The least fun part of the job, but definitely the most effective! Make sure you dig in deep and give the main bowl a really good scrub to get rid of the worst of the damage.
- Clean your accessories. Give any trays, plates and tongs a quick once over, too. You don’t want
- a sparkling BBQ and a set of dirty forks.
Don't forget the most important part
Ensuring you've got a clean BBQ is important – but it's no good if you've run out of gas! If you need to restock your BBQ’s gas supply in London, get in touch today. We’d love to help you.