How to properly store a grill
The month of September is upon us and with it comes the official end of summer. One of the American people's favorite things to do in the summer is cooking on the grill. From gathering groups of friends or family for a backyard BBQ or cooking a romantic steak dinner for two grilling is a summer staple. With the winter approaching it's time to say goodbye to our BBQs and ensure they are properly stored so we are ready to celebrate when summer begins next year. Below are some helpful tips to consider when storing away your grill this season.
- Clean Your Grill- The first thing you want to do is make sure your grill is nice and clean before storing so that you have a clean surface to begin your grilling adventures next year. Most of the cleaning can be done with good old soap, water, and elbow grease. It is recommended that you turn your grill on high heat with the lid closed for about 15-20 minutes so all of the built-up residues turn to ash. You can then use a grill brush dipped in dish soap and water to make sure all of the grime gets washed away. Next use either the same soap and water and rag or a water hose to wash the exterior of the grill making sure to remove all dirt and grime.
- Make any Necessary Repairs - Just like any other appliance, over time a grill can suffer from wear and tear. Before storing your grill make sure all of your knobs and handles are in place and secure. For gas, grills ensure that the hoses have no cracks or holes. If hoses are intact but are beginning to show some age go ahead and replace them. The key is to make sure your grill is in perfect working condition so that when you pull it out next year you can begin grilling right away without having to make repairs.
- Storing Your Grill - Now that your grill is cleaned and all repairs have been made, it is time to put it away until spring. Ideally, the grill should be stored in a garage, shed, or storage unit so that it is not exposed to any harsh weather elements. Understandable that this might not be an option for everyone so a grill cover is the next best thing. Investing in a cover can protect your grill from the majority of the elements, most importantly it will protect it from the bottom rusting out due to rain and snow.
We hope these steps are helpful for you, and while summer is ending and we are putting away our grills, closing down pools, and putting away our favorite summer toys rest assured that with proper storage your favorite past times will be waiting for you in just a few short months.