By: Angie’s List
The grilling season is in full swing and whether you’re crazy about charcoal or gaga over gas, make sure your grill is in good working order before heading out to the patio with the brats, burgers and buns. Angie surveyed dozens of highly-rated grill experts to help make sure your barbecue bash doesn’t flame out.
1. Annual check up. While emergency calls can be made, it’s best to have a yearly service call to ensure your grill is in good shape.
2. Repair or replace? Lifespans vary greatly, but typically you get what you pay for. Regardless of price, replacement parts are available for most grills. It’s time to replace your grill when its casting (the lid and bowl) is rusted.
3. Clean and spider free. Before you fire it up for the season, give your grill a good scrub to get rid of food, grease and – spider webs. Spiders are attracted to the smell of propane and they can take up residence in the venturi tubes and valve openings, blocking air and gas flow and leading to uneven cooking and possible safety hazards.
4. Use the right tools. Invest in sturdy, flame retardant accessories, like spatulas, tongs and brushes (avoid using a stainless steel brush on a porcelain-enamel finish).