It’s a sad day when you have to pack up your beloved outdoor grill for the season. To comfort yourself in knowing your grill will withstand the colder temperatures, take these four precautions now so that it’s in the best shape possible come spring.
Few people know the grilling world better than the BBQ Guys, so you can’t go wrong following their detailed cleaning advice: Let your grill run on high heat, with the lid closed, for 15 to 20 minutes in order to loosen the dried grease and food—a tactic similar to manual oven cleaning. After it’s completely cool and the gas is off, use a sturdy wire brush to scrub the underside of the hood, inside walls, grill, grates, and drip pan; extra stubborn gunk can be cleaned with soapy dishwater. To make the outside sparkle, give it a once-over with stainless steel wipes or a soft damp cloth.
Now that your grill is gleaming, you’ll want it to stay that way until spring. A cheap, easy way to prevent rust is by using a cooking oil spray to repel moisture and limit corrosion. And, as Foster Fuels assures us, the oil will easily burn off the next time you fire up the grill. Give all grills and cooking surfaces a quick coating before shutting the lid for the last time.
Make It Safe
The most important safety step in this process is making sure the grill is not a fire hazard. If you’re keeping it outdoors, no need to detach the propane tank—just make sure it’s completely shut off. If you’re keeping it indoors, though, detach the tank and store it outside in an upright position. Gas leakage + pressure buildup + an enclosed space = nightmare. As for the gas line opening and valves, cover ’em with plastic for protection from moisture and/or insects.
The final step is tossing a cover over your grill to protect it from the elements. They come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and price points—if you’re having trouble narrowing down your options, this list is a good starting point.
Even if you locked your grill in a temperature-controlled vault during the winter, something could still go wrong. That’s where SIMPLR plans come in—find out what you need to protect your grill here.