Cleaning your BBQ thoroughly is not only important for aesthetic purposes but also for safety of use. Sometimes spiders, ants and other insects climb into the tube burners, gas lines and other areas
of the BBQ. The insects can spin webs, build nests and lay eggs. The webs or nests can be very
small, but they are very strong and can block the flow of gas.
To avoid this occurring, clean burners prior to use, after storing, at the beginning of your BBQ
season or after a period of one month without use.
Guards are on the air intakes in an effort to reduce this problem, but it will not eliminate it. An
obstruction can result in a “flashback” (a fire in the burner tubes).
The burner may still light, but the obstruction does not allow full gas flow to the burners.
- Clean grease, fat and other cooking residue off after each use with warm soapy water, rinse and leave to air dry.
- Apply a stainless steel BBQ protector to stainless steel surfaces, and powder coat protector to powder coated surfaces.
- Store inside the home during the winter season / when not in use for long periods of time.
- Inspect your BBQ every month during winter for spotting. It is important to remove the spotting ASAP to prevent permanent discoloration and damage to your BBQ. This is best done with a stainless steel cleaner/cutback solution, or if the spotting is larger and harder to remove, use a stainless steel/metal polish and then a cleaner/solution. Always use a soft cloth to clean your BBQ.
- Never use abrasive heavy duty sponges or scouring pads on the exterior of your BBQ, these
products will begin to remove the stainless steel finish resulting in an uneven surface and faster
rusting in the future.