As soon as the weather is warm and bright, most homeowners are ready to fire up the barbeque grill and enjoy some alfresco dining. If you've taken care of your barbeque equipment with regular cleanings, you're ready to go for the new season. Unfortunately, many of us are guilty of neglecting the simple maintenance tasks that can keep our barbeques in good working order. It’s not uncommon to find that a barbeque won’t light or has rusted since the last time you used it. All is not lost, however, as there are simple guidelines you can follow from now on to avoid the most common problems associated with your barbeque.
Rust is perhaps the single most common enemy of the barbeque. The problem occurs (and worsens) when they are stored outside in cold, damp areas like garages or garden sheds. To avoid these familiar problems with rust, always keep your barbeque grill well-oiled with spray cooking oil when it is in storage, and cover it up. Coverage is especially important if you have to store your barbeque grill outside, but is easily achieved with a custom or generic cloth cover.
If you preheat your barbeque grill before placing food on it, there is less likelihood of food sticking to the grill. When the grill is in use, be careful to scrape away excess fat, drippings, and particles of meat that are likely to stick. (It’s easier to remove these before they get burned on). Wire wool and brushes are ideal for running along the grill and removing any food deposits.
Another common cause of damage to barbeque grills that can be easily avoided is oil splashing onto the frame. Prevent meat juice and other oils from dripping onto the grill with aluminum liners. These are readily available for purchase and are disposable after one or two uses.
Never leave used barbeque coals or briquettes in your grill. Remove them once it is safe to do so and cooling has taken place. Leftover coals can cause damage to the metal tray and cause premature corrosion.
Avoid rust, food buildup, oil splashes and corrosion with these simple maintenance tips. Most problems are caused by neglect, so a little attention is all that’s needed to avoid problems with your barbeque.
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