When the temperature dips and the leaves begin to fall, it is time to start thinking about preparing your grill for winter. Whether you are a year-round griller, or you pack your grill away till spring, spending some time cleaning and inspecting your grill after a long summer is one of the best ways to ensure your grill will last for years to come.
Give your grill a thorough cleaning. Remove the components and scrape the inside of your oven using a sturdy bristle brush. Take an old rag and a bucket of hot soapy water and clean every surface of the grill both inside and out. Don't forget to empty the grease tray. If you are storing your grill for the winter, make sure it is completely dry before packing away.
Inspect your components. If you need replacement parts, now is a good time to think about ordering them. Check all hoses on your gas grill to ensure they aren't aging and have no cracks.
Season cast iron cooking grids. Applying a thin layer of cooking oil to clean dry cooking grids creates an extra layer of protection against rust. If you won't be using your grill for a while, bring your grids inside and store them in a dry warm place. Learn More.
Invest in a heavy-duty grill cover. It will help protect your grill from the elements.
Store propane cylinders in a well-ventilated area. If storing your grill indoors, detach and store propane cylinders in a well-ventilated area (garage, outdoor shed, etc.) Storing them indoors is very dangerous, even the smallest of leaks can cause serious damage.
For outdoor use only. Never use your barbecue in an enclosed space such as a garage, shed, or balcony. Also, ensure your grill is at least 30" away from the combustible surface and not under an overhang.