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Keys to Grilling and Maintaining Your Grill

If you are using a grill for the first time, there are a few basic principals to follow. If you practice and learn a few basic steps, you will be on your way to perfecting the art of grilling. For you experienced, diehard grillers, we have a checklist to help you tune up your grill. Lowe's is happy to provide this information as a service to you.

Keys to Grilling

Here are a few basics to remember:

  • Read the manufacturer's instructions thoroughly before grilling.

  • Open the grill lid before lighting.

  • Let the grill heat up according to the manufacturer's instructions before adding your food. Meat sticks to a cold grill.

  • Close the lid while cooking and keep the grill away from deck or patio edges and any structures.

  • Keep sleeves and long hair away from flames.

  • Always store gas tanks outside.

  • Keep the grill as clean as possible. If you can't wipe the food residue off, turn the grill on high and burn it off. To prevent sticking on any grid, apply a light coat of cooking oil to the grid while the grid is cold.

  • Close the gas nozzle when you are finished cooking.

Grill Tune-up

If you have a charcoal grill, skip to steps 5 and 6.

  • 1. Make sure the gas is off. Remove the grill grid and stone or briquettes.

  • 2. Clean the burners and venturi tubes. Venturies are the tubes that mix air and gas and feed to the burners. They need to be clear to work properly. The tubes make good homes for spiders and insects during the off-season. Even a small blockage can become a fire hazard. Remove the entire burner/tube assembly and clean with soapy water. Clean the holes with a wire brush, paper clip or toothpick. Replace when dry. Check the burners. Food acids can cause the burner to corrode. Check for rust and replace if necessary.

  • 3. Try the igniter with the gas off. You should see a spark at the electrode tip. If you do not see a spark, check to see if the wire is loose. If the electrode is cracked or dirty, replace it. When you try the igniter later with the gas on, the spark should ignite the burner. If not, the venturi may be clogged. Go back to step one.

  • 4. Check the gas supply line. Hoses can develop dangerous leaks over time. Cooking residue also accumulates on hoses. Animals such as mice and squirrels may find them appealing as a snack and chew on them. Turn the gas on. Rub a light coat of soapy water on the hose and look for bubbles. Replace the hose if necessary.

  • 5. Clean the grill body, inside and out, especially the inside of the lid. Scrape and remove built-up grease from the interior. The exterior can be sanded and repainted with specially-formulated, heat-resistant grill paint. If your grill has grease traps, keep them clean and empty them regularly throughout the season.

  • 6. Clean the cooking grid. Replace the stone or briquettes.

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