Learning how to clean a gas grill should be a simple task. Though, if you have never done it before, you might be wondering what tools you need. You also might wonder what steps are required for grill cleaning and which ones are optional. Well, in this article we will walk you through the things you need to know about how to clean a gas grill and a few grill accessories that will help you do the job.
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How To Clean Your Gas Grill
So, let's say you made the most delicious veggies and burgers for dinner. The entire family enjoyed them and devoured every bite. Now, you go outside, look at your gas grill and... it is a mess. It's time for clean up. So, where do you start?
Thankfully, learning how to clean a gas grill is even simpler than cooking on one. You don't have to have special tools to clean a grill; soap, water and a grill brush are technically all you need. Though, investing in grill cleaner along with a few other tools will help you get the job done with greater ease.
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To start, you can either get a bucket of hot, soapy water to put the removable grill grates in or get this Fire Magic grill cleaner to loosen grease from the grates and/or the grill body.
Whether you use soap or a grill cleaner, you will need a good grill brush to scrub the grease and food off your grates. This Everdure grill brush and pan set is a great option for grill cleaning. The bristles are heat resistant, so even if your grill isn't fully cooled, you can begin cleaning and get the job done faster.
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Once you have scrubbed the grates and any other dirty surfaces clean, rinse them off with warm water to make sure all cleaner and gunk is fully removed. Washing the grates with soap and water is a necessary step every time you clean the grill.
Though, ever so often, you need to remove the burner tubes and anti flare shield so you can get in the bottom of the grill and fully clean the interior. Anti flare shields sit over burners tubes and are designed to deflect grease away from the burners into the bottom of the grill. Both the burner and the shield are usually secured with a small pin and easily removed without tools.
Once removed, you can clean all the food droppings that fell into the interior and make sure the entire grill is wiped down. Also, don't forget to turn off the gas supply before doing any type of cleaning.
Accidental pressing of buttons can happen. So, make sure you cut off the gas supply to ensure you don't get a burst of fuel up your nose. In addition to the steps we just mentioned, there are a few other things you can do to help you with grill cleaning and maintenance.
Accessories that will help keep your grill clean
- grill mat
One thing that can help keep the area around your grill clean is a protective grill mat. It is inevitable that food and grease will fall to the ground at some point while you are cooking. So, it's a great idea to get a grill mat, not only to protect flammable surfaces from the heat of the grill, but also to collect stray crumbs, that can easily be disposed of after you are finished cooking.
- Drip Tray
Another tool to consider installing on your grill if it did not come with it is a drip tray. A drip tray will collect most of the grease that falls off your grates and food while it simmers over hot flames. Since the grease collects in the small bin, you can quickly toss it in a nearby trash can, once it has cooled down. After that, you can use hot water and soap or the grill cleaner we mentioned earlier to remove any left over residue on the pan.
- Grill Cover
Finally, there is the grill cover. A grill cover is an underrated tool in grill maintenance. Grill covers are placed over the grill after cooking to protect the grill from weather and animals. If left uncovered, rain and wind can wear down the surface of the grill, not to mention animals may leave behind nice little presents along the top.
If you keep the grill covered, you wont have to fight against dirt, leaves and water getting inside your grill components. This will save you time during clean up and regular maintenance checks. Do yourself a favor, get a grill cover. You will thank me later.
If you follow the simple guidelines we have given you here and get a few of these tools, grill cleaning may become one of your favorite activities. Actually, I doubt that but, it will be way less time-consuming. We hope this article has given you some great tips that you can use in the future. Please give us a call at 800.203.1642 if you have any questions.