Steps to Follow before Grilling after a Long Winter




If you are a grilling enthusiast, you may grill all year round through winter, warm or cold, rain or snow. If you are not, chances are that you simply put away the grill when winter arrives and bring it back to work when spring returns. The fact is that no matter you grill during chilly winter or not, it’s always necessary to give the grill a comprehensive “body check and care” prior to first cooking in spring. Below are important steps you’d better follow before you fire up your grill for the first time in spring. 



Watch out for the Safety-Grill Body Check. It is always necessary to spend a few minutes checking your grill carefully and thoroughly before you wake it up to work. After all, it has been sitting without working for many months of the entire long winter (for many people who don’t grill in winter). Specifically for gas grills, it’s very important to check the hose from your propane to burners. While checking the hose, please bear in mind the following important points . One is to check and confirm whether the hose is intact and clean, and the other is to examine if the hose has any holes or signs of being torn. In case the hose is not clean, make sure to clean it off before you get your grill to work. If there are holes or signs of being torn, just replace it with a new one.  

Another important task is to check your burners for any holes. If there are any, just replace those burners. Please also remember to examine those tubes where spiders like to stay during cold weather.




Restore High Working Performance-Grill Body Care. After a long winter rest, the grill might be somewhat lazy. To wake it up and inspire it to work efficiently for you again, you are suggested to give it a thoughtful body care-grilling cleaning. 

Before you start the cleaning job, make sure all cleaning necessities are prepared at hand: soap, warm water, a sponge, paper towels and a scrub brush. Clean and clear your grill in such following way: start by wiping down the exterior of the grill, then move to the inside to remove any grease splatters under the lid or around the edges. Next, clean the grates. A wire bristled grill brush would be perfect and strong enough to get rid of any residues on the grates. As for other debris, you can wipe up with a sponge. 

To further clean the grates, take them off the grill and use soap and warm water to clean them. Then rinse off in the sink. After cleaning is done, don’t forget to coat the grates with vegetable oil. 

Here is an important reminder. Don’t forget to check air vents on your grill to make sure no debris is left behind. This is to ensure free air flow and reduce the risk of fire hazards.