You finally bought the perfect gas grill, and you can’t wait to use it. But how do you fire it up for the first time? Gas grills are simple to use. Remember that maintenance and cleaning are just as important as cooking those delicious spareribs you’ve got marinating in the fridge. Follow this guide for gas grill newcomers on how to prep a gas grill for the first time and you’ll be up to speed in no time.
Follow These Tips Before Firing Up Your New Gas Grill
Here are some things to consider as you set up, maintain and clean your grill. They’ll help you get the most out of your grilling experience.
1) Read Your Owner’s Manual. First things first. Before doing anything, be sure to carefully read your owner’s manual. No two grills are alike, so just because you may have mastered your old gas grill doesn’t mean that knowledge will translate to your new one. Follow the assembly instructions and all safety guidelines. If you’re a newbie, the manual will help familiarize you with all of the grill’s features. Don’t do anything the manual doesn’t recommend.
2) Conduct a Leak Test. Test your gas grill for leaks often — at least any time it’s been sitting unused for a while. This will ensure the connection to the propane tank or natural gas line is safe and that the hose is in good working order. If you discover a leak, don’t try to fire up those pork chops just yet. Determine the source of the leak and repair it.
3) Prep Your Grates. Seasoning prevents rust from forming on your grill grates and makes them easier to clean. Follow this seasoning guide to find out how to season your grates. Some types of grates may not need to be seasoned.
4) Clean and Maintain Your Grill. Proper maintenance and cleaning will keep your grill going for a long time. Taking a little time to deep clean your grill will pay off. Again, your owner’s manual is your best friend.
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When you’ve set up, checked and prepared your new gas grill for the first time, you’re ready for the best barbecued food you’ve ever eaten. Learn more tips and recipes from the grilling experts on Char-Broil’s Community page.