Grill maintenance: Tips to save money on gas grill parts

No matter what investment you make, it is always important to take good care of it. If you are an avid griller, you know that it is important to keep your grill it tip-top shape so that you can always fire it up at a moment's notice for any backyard gathering. Just like you regularly change the oil in your car and pay for a tune-up, so should you keep on top of grill maintenance throughout the year.

Every time you use your grill, there are a few things you can do to make sure it will run smoothly for years to come. Plus, routine maintenance has the added benefit of maintaining health standards and good flavor when it comes to your food. For example, if you preheat your grill completely before you cook, it will help burn off any caked on food from the last meal and it will disinfect your grill at the same time. Cleaning and sanitizing in one swoop? Worth an extra few minutes of your time. Likewise, a quick blast of heat after you are done cooking helps to burn off any leftover bits that accumulated during cooking. Always scrape or brush off your grill after each meal to keep that grate shiny and new. And when you are done, cover that grill. A waterproof cover helps to protect the grill from the elements and prevents rusting. You cover your patio furniture when it rains, so why not protect the thing that makes your food as well?


Regular cleaning is the number one way to keep your gas grill parts from gunking up or going bad. While most people understand that the grate is an important gas grill part to keep clean, they often ignore other key areas that get pretty dirty. Throughout your cooking season, you should wipe out the inside and outside of your grill to keep grime from building up. Scrub both sides of your grates and the barriers above and below them. Wipe out the inside and outside of your grill to clean up grease splatters, drippings and other not-so-tasty leftovers. Finally, don't forget the drip pan. Yes, it is there to collect junk, but that doesn't mean it should always have mystery slime resting in the bottom. Once you are done, heat up the grill to burn off anything you missed.

Each year, you should do an inspection of your grill to make sure all parts are in working order. Check screws, hinges and fittings to make sure they are firmly in place and working correctly. You will also want to check your burners. Turn on the grill and observe the flames to make sure everything is working properly. If some flames look weak, you can clean out the burners with a pipe cleaner or small wire, then tap them to knock out any goodies to the ground. You will also want to inspect the gas connections to make sure everything is in good repair. Before storing your grill at the end of season, give it one more thorough clean and heat it up to burn off the rest and dry it out. Store in a dry location or throw a high-quality gas grill cover over the top to protect it from the elements.

Regular care and maintenance of your grill can save you plenty of money in the long run. From brushes to cleaning supplies to spare gas grill parts, let Sears help you keep your grill fired up all year long.

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