Quite a few have been through the experience: the drinks are chilled, family and friends start to enjoy the pool, and the meat is marinated and rubbed with a special combination of favorite herbs and spices. All that is needed is to get the gas grill going for good times to start rolling. After several attempts, though, the ugly truth sets in: the grill has bid goodbye.
In some cases, the grill's performance appears to be below par-there's too much smoke, the burners do not properly work, and the food is unevenly cooked.
All these can be avoided by adopting regular preventive measures. Taking care of the grill through proper use and regular cleaning not only saves a person from utter frustration, but also adds a feeling of security and safety among loved ones.
Like all other kitchen appliance, regular cleaning helps prolong the life of the grill. It is recommended that grills are thoroughly cleaned at least once every year. However, grills that are heavily and frequently used should be allotted with a more frequent maintenance schedule.
Some people have discovered that coating the grate with peanut oil keeps food from sticking. Grease, marinade stains, food residue, and meat that stick on the grates are unpleasant to see and, at the same time, may also serve as breeding ground for bacteria and molds. Getting rid of these stains while the grill is still a little bit warm makes cleanup easier and faster. Water and mild soap are usually good enough, followed by soft towels for wiping and drying. Unless the grill is made from stainless steel, smoke stains in the lid can be removed by using fine steel wool.
When using charcoal grills, always remove and throw away the ashes when they have cooled down. Charcoal has acidic properties, and it also absorbs moisture. Because of these, not removing ashes will allow rust to form on the grill.
On the other hand, gas grills require more attention and inspection. Experts recommend that gas grills be taken apart at least once a year in order to check the parts inside. These include evaluating the condition of the chassis in case there is rust; tightening fasteners; cleaning or changing the catch pan liner; replacing worn out hose, and checking the burners for grease clogs. Furthermore, any damage on the grills' handles and wheels should be addressed immediately. Using oven cleaners on gas grills should be limited to the grate as this type of cleaner can remove paint.
Checking the tank is equally essential. The color of the flame usually offers helpful clues on whether there is enough pressure in the tank. A blue flame means that gas pressure is good. Once pressure drops, the flame color will change into various shades of yellow.
Finally, grill covers must be kept away from moisture. Thus, it is recommended that grill cover should be made of cloth or, at least, has a cloth inner lining.
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