Our staff at Bart Fireside loves living in the Columbia, South Carolina area because we are fortunate enough to enjoy moderate temperatures that allow us to grill outdoors for a majority of the year. However, when winter arrives with freezing temperatures, it is time to store your grill to keep it protected from snow and ice. We would like to share with you some winter grill maintenance tips from Barbecue Lovers to help you keep your grill in good shape in cold weather.
THOROUGHLY CLEAN YOUR GRILL
Begin by starting your grill, and let it run on high heat for about 15 to 20 minutes to allow any food residue to burn off of the grill. Let the grill cool down, and clean the grill grates with a wire brush. Use soapy water as you clean to help the cleaning process. Be sure to completely rinse the grates with water to remove any soap. Set the grates aside to dry, and remove the metal heat deflectors or lava rocks to clean out the inside of the grill with a rag and soapy water. Once the inside has been cleaned, you will want to move on to cleaning the outside of the grill. Wipe down the outside with a damp cloth. With a bucket of soapy water and a rag, you can clean off every surface of your grill, including the propane tank and hoses. If you have food that has caked on the outside of your grill, you can use an oven cleaner to remove this residue. However, you should take care using abrasive cleaning pads for this task as it could remove the paint from your grill. Refer to the owner’s manual for your grill for any other cleaning recommendations. Many grill manufacturers suggest rubbing a layer of oil on parts of your grill to reduce rusting, but you should check before doing this as some manufacturers do not recommend this. If you do not follow the owner’s manual, you could possibly void its warranty.
MAKE ANY NEEDED REPAIRS
This is the best opportunity to fix anything wrong with your grill. Check the hoses for aging and cracking. If your burners are cracked or rusted, order new ones from your grill manufacturer. Your handles and temperature gauges can also be repaired at this time.
STORE YOUR GRILL
Ensure that your grill cover is in good condition to protect it from dust and water accumulation. You want to be sure that both your grill and the cover are completely dry before storing to keep your grill from being damaged by rust corrosion. If you can, store your covered grill in a garage, shed, storage room, or closet for the best protection.
Taking good care of your grill during the winter can prolong its life. Contact us at 803-772-7364 for all of your grill maintenance needs.