With summer approaching, you will probably want to use your gas barbecue for a fun summer meal. But you shouldn't just take it out and begin using it without taking precautions. Whether your gas barbecue is new, or you are bringing out your old grill for the first time, be sure to follow these steps before you cook any food.
Read Your Owner's Manual
Each gas barbecue model is different, so be sure to read your owner manual first. Some gas barbecues need more or less preparation than others. Even if you're an experienced cook, newer grills often have a ton of features that may be unfamiliar to you. If you have used your grill before, it doesn't hurt to have a refresher before you begin grilling.
Check for Gas Leaks
If your gas barbecue is new, make sure the hoses and the tank are connected correctly. If you are restarting your grill from last season, perform a leak test on the tank and hoses. Replace any damaged parts. Once you are sure you have no leaks, then your gas barbecue should be safe to use.
Clean Your Gas Barbecue Grates
Your new grill will likely not need much cleaning, but it is good to give it a good wipe down with a damp cloth before you start. If your grill has been used, then take a wire brush and scrub down your grill as much as possible. Don't forget to clean the grease trap or drip pan if your model has one.
Season Your Gas Barbecue Grates
Both new and used gas barbecue grates should be seasoned before being used for the first time. This is especially important for iron grates, but steel also benefits from this process, too. When the grill is cold, wipe or spray your grates with a high-heat cooking oil. Clean off any excess oil. Then, turn on the grill and close the lid. The length of seasoning time varies between models, but it is usually for about 15 to 20 minutes. Then, wipe down the grates once more when the grill cools.
Do these tasks well before your first grilling session. That way, if you need more accessories or a new tank of gas you can get it before you need it. If you prepare your grill properly, then it will be easier to clean later on. Different models may need different preparation. For example, not all grills need seasoning. If you need help with your new gas barbecue grill installation or use, see a gas grill dealer like Thompson's Gas Inc for more information.