Top 10 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Grill

Buying a grill is an investment. And whether a small investment or a large one, the more you can protect it from everyday wear and tear, the better off your investment will be.  Here are 10 tips to get you started. Also, consult your grill manual to ensure you are keeping up with proper maintenance. 

  1. Clean it. You should clean it after each use. This is much easier than having to do a deep cleaning after several uses. A good grill brush will help you to clean the grates. Some grills have a “clean” setting which makes it even easier to maintain your grill.      
  2. Cover it. Grill covers are a smart investment. Things like moisture, salt air and chemicals can all wreak havoc with a grill’s exterior.   
  3. Replace grates and grids. Grill grates and grids will wear over time. These are easy to find and replace. You can also extend their lives by seasoning them with solid vegetable shortening. 
  4. Repair it. It’s not always necessary to buy a brand new grill. There are many replacements parts available. For example, if you’re having trouble getting you grill to ignite, you may need a new igniter switch or electronic switch module.
  5. Remove rust. If you find rust on your grill. Work on removing it. A good brush or even sandpaper will help.
  6. Remove debris. Whether you have a charcoal grill or gas grill, food debris can quickly accumulate in the bottom. Try to remove ash or other debris as much as possible.
  7. Move it indoors. If you are not a year-round griller and have access to garage or other storage space, move your grill indoors till you are ready to grill again.
  8. Check for clogs. Sometimes burners may become clogged. Take the burners out of the grill and make sure there is no grease or grime inside of them. Replace clogged burners that you cannot clean.
  1. Polish it up. If you have a stainless steel grill, use some stainless steel polish to spruce it up.  This will serve as a little more protective cover as well.   
  1. Call in a pro. If you’re looking at a really dirty job, believe it or not, there are companies that you can hire to clean your grill. Just do a quick search online.