How to Clean Your Gas Grill September 5, 2021 Email With summer barbecues winding down, now is the perfect time to clean your gas grill. Why clean your grill? No more old char on your food. When you’re pulling the grill out for next summer’s barbecues, it’ll be nice to know that any char on your barbecue is fresh. Avoid grease fires. Being dirty is one of the biggest reasons grills catch on fire. In fact, over ten thousand house fires are caused by grills each year. Get rid of accumulated grease and char to keep your grill safe to use. Dispose of large amounts of cooking oil and grease for free at a Household Hazardous Waste Facility in San Luis Obispo County. For small amounts, let the cooking oil and grease solidify, then scrape into the trash. Extend the life of your grill. Keep your grill in good condition by properly removing grease build-up and char. What you’ll need: Wire brush Scraper (e.g., paint scraper or other) Gentle cleanser (for the outside of your grill only) Cleaning rags (ones you don’t mind getting greasy) Steps: Scrape down the inside of your grill with the wire brush. Start with the bottom of the lid, then scrape down the grates (both from the top and bottom), flavorizer bars, burners, heat diffusers, and finally the bottom. Do not use water to clean the inside of your grill, as it may cause rust. Remove the grease pan and use your designated scraper to remove any leftover residue into the garbage. Replace your drip pan or scrape it clean as well, moving any residue into the garbage. Use the gentle cleanser and rags to wipe grease residue off the outside of your grill. It may take a few passes to get all the residue off. Be careful not to use anything abrasive so that you keep any paint or stainless steel on the exterior in good condition. That’s it! Now your gas grill is clean and ready for your next barbecue season. Happy barbecuing!