Things to Know About Normal, Year-Round Care of Your Grill
Hose Valve Regulator Assembly--Be sure to check the hose valve regulator assembly to your grill for any leaks or other damage. To check for leaks, look at your manual for instructions on testing for them. Inspecting the hose simply means looking along the whole length of the hose for any problems including holes, cuts, burn marks, etc. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, it is important that you replace that hose.
Venturis and Insect Infestations--To clean the venturis and check it for any insect problems including spider nests, cobwebs, or wasp homes, first remove the burner from the bottom of the grill. Inspect the inside of the lower end of the venturi tubes for any problems with insects. If you find any, clean them out with a special flexible venturi brush, then replace the burner assembly and make sure the valve orifices are in their proper venturi tubes.
Burner Inspection--it is important to not only clean the burner, but to also check it for any damage or corrosion. To do this, remove the burner from the bottom casing and remove any corrosion or burnt-on food with a wire brush. Double check the seams on the burner to make sure it is still holding together well and inspect the burner ports to ensure they are clear and clean. You want to make sure the burner was not left with any holes formed by the corrosion, as sometimes the burner or burner ports will become rusted out with prolonged use. If you notice any damage to the burner, you will need to replace it.
Ignition System--Occasionally you will need to inspect your ignition system to ensure it is operating properly. You can do this by double-checking to see that all wire connections are indeed connected and tight. Look where the electrode connects to the burner (you may need the help of a small mirror to see this). Then either turn the rotary knob or push the button and while doing that look for a spark from the electrode to the burner, collector plate, or box. Make sure there is nothing blocking the electrode from sparking. If there is no spark, check the connections again and if still no spark occurs, look to see if the electrode is cracked and if so, you will need to replace it with a new one. You also need to be sure the spark is not touching the frame of the grill or the bottom casing.
Cleaning Excess Grease and Food--In the case of grease and food drippings on the bottom of the grill casing, you need to be sure to clean that out on a regular basis in order to reduce flare-ups during cooking. To clean, you simply use warm soapy water or a good degreaser. If you have ceramic briquettes for your heat distribution, all you need to do is turn them over to the clean side. If they are broken, they need to be replaced.
Grill Cover--Using a properly sized grill cover will help to extend the life of your grill, so be sure to check out what the manufacturer of your grill has to offer in grill covers.