Cleaning Gas BBQ Grill with mold (Post Moved)

Old 07-02-05, 06:31 PM
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Cleaning Gas BBQ Grill for mold

Got my bbq grill out to clean it and found that the rock briquettes and the bottom of the grill are covered with furry mold. Is this too dangerous to try to save and use for cooking food? Or can I clean it with bleach water or something? Will the high heat be enough to kill the mold spores? Am I in the right community forum for this question?

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Old 07-02-05, 08:58 PM
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I went to clean my BBQ and found mold at the bottom and all over the rock briquettes. Can the BBQ be saved? If I clean out the mold, will it be safe to use? How would I even clean it? Is this the best forum to use?
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Hello: dmarcantuono

I merged (combined) & moved your question into this cleaning forum topic from the gas appliances topic, since the question does not pertain to appliance repair. The cleaning professionals will & can better assist you with the cleaning method(s) etc.

I would highly suggest replacing the rock briquettes once the cleaning process is completed. Than allow the bbq to operate with the lid in place and closed for about 30 minutes on high temp. Doing that will purge out any chemical smells and/or residues and kill off any remaining bacteria, etc.

Below are some tips for bbq cleaning I posted prior:

Outdoor BBQ Prep 4 Summer:

Summer is soon to arrive regardless of your local resident area. In preparation for that season, is the time to start preparing for outdoor BBQ'ing...

Regardless of which type of fuel the bbq uses, if the bbq is not a charcoal type, below are some handy tips for preparating for a great bbq cooking season ahead.

First preparation step, remove all briquets from inside the bbq. Next, remove the burner or burners. Clean the entire inside of the bbq.

There are chemicals which can help to clean off last years left over burn ons. I prefer a wire brush, scrapper and some good old fashioned elbow grease. (Physical Work)

Wire brush the burner(s) and rack(s) and flush with water. Clean out the holes or slots in the burner(s). A wire from the brush, large pin, needle or thin wire works best, in my opinion.

Also check inside and down the burner tube. You may find a spider web. If so, a coat hanger wire works to remove it or a bottle brush.

Next item to check is for s spider web inside the orifice. The orific will be the brass or bronze thimble hex nut the burner tube sit on or over. Use a flash light if needed, to peer down the tiny hole in the center of the orifice.

Spider webs inside burners or orifices is the number one cause of low burner flames at the burners or not gas to the burner (s)

If you see a white web or what appears to be a tiny cotton obstruction in the orifice, it's a spiders web. Not uncommon to find spiders in eithet the burner tube or the orifices.

To remove a web from an orifice, I suggest either removing the orifice or using a pipe cleaner. To effectively remove a web from an orifice, it helps to have the gas to that burner on.

Turn on the valve to the effected burner, insert the pipe cleaner, twirl it around and pull it out. Done correctly, out will come the web or it will be loosened enough to blow out from the gas pressure.

TIP 1:
In some cases it helps to clean off a bit of the pipe cleaners outside covering by burning it off. Than slightly untwist the thinner wire from the thicker one. Insert into orifice, twist and remove. Out should come the web.

If the web does not come out in the above manner, gets pushed down further, orifice removal is required. Use a 7/16 inch open ended wrench. Turn counterclock wise to remove. Clean and reinstall turning clockwise.

TIP 2:
Helps to count the number of turns it takes to remove the orifice. Reinstall fully till it bottoms out, than unscrew out the number of turns to reset it back to it's original position.

Clean racks using wire brush. Cleaner not recommend but may be used if rinsed well. Bbq cleaner, wire brushes, etc available at most local hardware stores or any appliance parts stores.

TIP 3:
Suggested replacement of briquets is yearly but may not be depending upon prior usage, physical condition and cleanliness. Cleaning can be done, on some types of briquets, by washing and drying.

Another method is to incinerate briquests after cleaning and reassembling bbq. Why not. You need to test the bbq anyway...

If bbq parts are required for replacement, write down the bran name, model and serial numbers, visit the local appliance parts store(s) in you area. Bound to have the parts.

Appliance parts dealers are listed in the local phone book. Some bbq parts are avalible online. DIY may have them.

Check here:
DIY'S Bbq's, Smokers, Grills, Outdoor Products Shopping.

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