Whether you’ve braved the cold to grill this winter or switched to indoor cooking, working with a clean grill is essential to preventing a fire. Some New Englanders have used the grill all winter long. Others may put grilling on hiatus preferring to stay warm inside their homes. Either way, it is important to keep your grill clean.
Most grill fires start in the grease trap under the grill. This piece is removable and should be wiped out with a paper towel often. If the waste builds up, it has the potential to ignite. If the flames get hot enough, they will damage your grill and threaten your home.
Cleaning a grill is fairly simple. Gather your cleaning supplies and get ready to soak up some rays while you scrub. You’ll need a large bucket full of hot, soapy water. A liquid dish detergent is the best choice for soap. You will also need a pair of rubber gloves, a grill brush, a trash bag, paper towels, aluminum foil, and a hose.
Once you have all of your supplies, you can start taking your grill apart. Obviously, this is a task best suited for when the grill is cold. Do not attempt to clean your grill if you have just used it.
- Turn off and unhook the propane tank.
- Using rubber gloves, remove the grill grates. Place them in the bucket of soapy water and let them soak for a while.
- Remove the metal covers that protect the heating element; they should simply lift off. Place these in the bucket of water with the grates.
- Lay down newspaper under the grill to catch any debris. This will make clean up much easier.
- Pull out the drip pan being careful not to spill anything onto the ground that might be difficult to clean up. Use paper towels to wipe out the pan, and then throw the paper towels away. Add the drip pan to the bucket of soapy water.
- Gently lay aluminum foil on top of the heating elements and then use your grill brush to scrub the interior of the grill. The stuff that looks like peeling paint is actually a buildup of soot and carbon. Scrub off as much as you can and wipe down the walls and lid of the interior with a rag or paper towel.
- ake the items soaking in the bucket out and scrub them with a grill brush. Rinse them off with a hose.
- Remove the foil in the grill and toss it. Use a clean rag or towel to gently wipe down the heating elements. Put the grill back together and reconnect the propane tank. Throw out the newspaper under the grill.
You are now ready to pull out some steaks and grill! You’ll have reduced the risk of a grill fire and potential home fire. At LaPointe Construction Board up Services, we’ve seen what happens when a grill to close to a home catches fire. If you experience a fire at your home, be confident you can call on our Fire Damage Reconstruction team. We’ll repair your home as fast as possible and return it to its previous condition.
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