Caring for Your Gas Grill
We are in the midst of grilling season. Memorial Day and the Fourth of July have come and gone. You probably cleaned up your grill a couple of months ago but it’s time to take a good look at your gas grill again. Routine cleaning is important. After each grilling session, heat the grate over high heat and scrub it with a stiff, metal bristle brush until all the debris is removed. Turn the grill off then, to keep the grate in top notch condition take a paper towel and fold it into a tight wad. Dip the wad into vegetable oil and use tongs to rub the oil over the entire grate. You’ll know you’re done when the paper towel comes up clean and the grate is glistening with oil. Let the gas grill cool and close it up and cover it until next time.
Safety is Important
Turn your gas grill on and sniff out if there is a gas smell. If there is, you have a leak. To find the leak make a solution of dishwashing detergent and water. Distribute the solution over the connections and the hoses until you see bubbles. Now you know what part is leaking and must be replaced before you use your gas grill again. Most home stores stock replacement parts for gas grills. While using your grill, keep it several feet away from the house.
In an article in the June 2013 issue of Consumer Reports, the magazine suggests that either stainless steel or coated cast-iron grates tend to be the best for gas grilling. They suggest a fuel gauge is handy to have so you don’t run out of propane mid meal. Especially if you have kids, look for rounded edges. Today many grills come with an extra burner next to the grilling surface. This makes heating up the baked beans easier. A rack at the back of the grill, over the main surface makes it easy to warm up buns or cook more delicate vegetables.
If you already have a gas line to your home, you can have a specialist from Virginia Natural Gas hook your grill up to the natural gas line and then you will never again have to worry about running out of propane.
Follow these easy steps and your summer will be full of delicious grilling.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in May 2013. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.