Easy cleaning guide to your gas BBQ

Posted: July 3, 2010 by DIY Big Boss in BBQs / Outdoor Settings / Outside Heaters
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Image provided courtesy of Mark Daniel

It is a pretty crappy job, and to be honest who wants to clean a barbeque straight after they have devoured half a dozen snags and a bit of juicy steak.  The truth is though the sooner you get to the job, the easier it will be, so if you do put it off in favour of a cold beer and watching the afternoon session of cricket, do not put it off till the next time you cook, otherwise you may find that your BBQ has become home to an infestation of cockroaches.

After each use

Dig out your wire brush and follow our simple steps to cleaning your BBQ:

  • Allow your grill to cool so that it is not hot but still warm.
  • Disconnect the gas if you haven’t already done so.
  • Using your wire brush, remove any food by scrubbing the grate.
  • If you do this after your BBQ has completely cooled you may need some warm water to assist.
  • When clean wipe with canola oil to remove any remaining grit and to protect the surface.

In about 10 minutes you are done and your BBQ will be ready to go next time you are needing to use it.  Cover it to protect it even further.

A yearly dose of TLC

Each year you will need to give your BBQ a bit more Tender Loving Care to ensure it continues to function properly.  Gas burners may get blocked or dirty.  You can generally tell because the colour of your flame will be orange or red.

  • First read your instruction manual for any particular cleaning hints. Remember these are general instructions only!
  • If your BBQ has an option, turn it to ‘clean’ this will heat up your grill and turn a lot of any grit or muck to charcoal.  If you do not have this option turn on your BBQ and heat it up before cleaning.
  • Remove all the parts to the BBQ after first ensuring that the gas is disconnected.  Give all parts that can be removed a good clean in lightly soapy warm water.
  • Remove any large soot or clumps by hand then give all the inside a good but gentle scrape with a wire brush.  Keep an eye open for any rust.
  • Remove any small soot or bits that have fallen while you were scrapping. Then wash down with warm soapy water.
  • Check your gas tubes to ensure there are no cracks.  Ensure that all burner holes are clear by poking them with wire and clean any tubes with a pipe cleaner.  Alternatively you can force water through them, then let them air dry before replacing.
  • Check for leaks and cracks in the gas tubes, a good way to do this is to spray the tubes with soapy water.  If you see any little bubbles it is likely that there is a leak and you should immediately replace the part.
  • If you are cleaning a stainless steel grill cleaning when cool, and ensure that you go with the grain of the stainless steel.

Now your BBQ should be clean and ready for another year of outdoor entertainment. Of course, you may decide that your BBQ is not worth cleaning, if so be sure to check out the DIY Bargain Bin BBQs, Outdoor Settings and Outdoor Heaters section for a bargain on your new BBQ.

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