When the temperature starts warming up, you know that it’s time to start thinking about grilling. But if you’re like some people, your grill has spent a long, cold and lonely winter exposed to the elements in some unused corner of your yard.
Now that the sun is out, it’s time to haul it out of the weeds and give it a little TLC. So, worst case scenario… How do you get your grill in top shape for the summer grilling season? Well, it’s gonna take a little time and a bit of elbow grease, but it CAN be done.
Clear away any weeds or vines that may have grown up around your grill. Be careful opening the grill, wasps and hornets will often make nests inside a grill that hasn’t been used for a while.
RUST IS NOT YOUR FRIEND
If there is rust growing on your grill you need to get rid of it. Use some steel wool or a wire brush to take care of it directly. If the rust proves to be too stubborn, get a rust remover (like naval jelly) and then scrub it off with a wire brush.
While you are preparing the outside of your grill, you can save a bit of time by soaking your grill racks in hot soapy water. This will loosen any burnt on residue from last year. If you have really tough dirt on those racks, try stepping up your cleaning power with a heavy duty oven cleaner/degreaser.
Now that you’ve got your racks soaked, you’re ready to get all that old burnt on gunk off. This will most likely take a bit of elbow grease. Take your wire brush and scrub those racks until they shine.
Okay, you’ve gotten all the rust off of your grill. Great, Now is the time to protect it with a new coat of paint. But don’t use just any paint. You need to use High Heat paint that is designed for the purpose.
GOT GAS (leaks)
If you follow these steps, your grill should be ready for another season of outdoor fun. But what if your grill is a little too far gone. Not a problem. It’s always a good time to get a new grill. Here is an easy guide to the types of grills that you can choose from just to get you thinking.
The traditional backyard or tailgater grill.
Just plug it in and you are good to go.
Considered safer to use in an apartment balcony type of setting. (check with your property manager for rules and safety)
It’s like having your kitchen stove in your backyard.
This type of grill is getting popular.
Great for traditional barbecue smoked meats.
These may look different, but taste is more important than looks.