Get your grill in shape for summer

Summer is just around the corner and we have some helpful tips to get your grill ready for the season.

Grillers Toolbox  Cleaning_tools

– Sturdy bristle brush

– Barbecue grill cleaner

– Toothpicks

– Soap and water

– Venturi brush

Step 1

Remove all the cooking grids, grates and burners and use a sturdy bristle brush to remove the build-up of grease on the inside of the oven.    Using a barbecue cleaner scrub the inside and outside of the oven and then rinse with water.  Never use oven cleaner on your barbecue, it is corrosive and can damage the other components.

Step 2

Inspect the burners making sure there are no holes rusted through any of the components.  If there are, it’s time for a replacement. Clean out any clogged ports using a toothpick, being careful not to damage the ports. Check all igniter contacts to ensure they are not corroded or loose and remove any debris from the electrode.  Next, clean out the venturi tubes using a venturi brush.  It’s very important to keep these tubes clean, Spiders love to make nest in these tubes, creating blockages that can cause serious damage.

Step 3

Examine the heat medium, if you have a heat plate remove any grease build-up and make sure there are no holes rusted through. If you have briquettes make sure they aren’t crumbling and the pores aren’t clogged with grease.

Step 4

Check the cooking grids and make sure no welds are broken and brush off any stuck on residue.  If you have cast iron cooking grids, season them with oil to help keep food from sticking and help prevent rust.

Step 5

Inspect the gas hose to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks.   This can easily be done by preparing a soapy solution and applying it to the connections at the tank and valve. Turn the tank on slowly and watch for bubbles to form, which indicates that there is a leak.  Try tightening the connections and re-test.  If persistent leaking or blistering is detected, the gas assembly should be replaced.

Finally, check the condition of your control knobs, thermometer, and handles.  Replacing small items like this can refresh your grill and make it look new again.

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    1. Hi Rob, Thanks for your question. We don’t recommend putting your grills in the dishwasher. The best way to clean your grids is to brush them off when they are warm – either before you grill or at the end. If you have cast iron grids – we also recommend that you season them periodically. For more information please check out our FAQ video –

  1. Hi,
    I have a porta chef 320 and I am very happy with the grill. The only thing is the cleaning of the oven.
    I have the degreaser that I apply after removing the burners and I remove the grease with soap and water
    Is there any other way to clean the oven (under the burners)more quickly? Preheat the oven at maximum will remove the grease?
    Foil paper under the burners maybe?is it safe?

    Can you please advise?

    1. A burn-off is the easiest way. When you are done cooking turn the BBQ on high and burn off any remaining grease and food. This should turn the debris to ash that can be brushed away or vacuumed up.

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