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Get Your Barbecue Summer Ready!
Category: How-Tos


In celebration of the official kick-off to grilling season, here are a few tips to get your barbecue grill ready for summer:

​1. Clean your barbecue, but before you do, read the manual first. Every unit is different.

    • ​Buy the right equipment –​ a flexible Venturi Brush (a slim long-handled brush) for cleaning the burner tubes and a stiff-bristle wire brush should be your go-to tools. We suggest buying a brush with brass bristles because steel can scratch cast-iron, porcelain and nickel, which can cause rusting.

    • Use the right products – most barbecues can be cleaned with hot soapy water, but for bigger hard to clean messes on the interior walls of the barbecue only try a barbecue degreaser. Avoid bleach or chlorine cleaners, abrasive cleaners or steel wool because they can scratch the barbecue, which can cause rusting.

    • Begin cleaning with a cool barbecue – remove the warming rack, grates, and burners placing them on layers of newspaper.

    • Use a scraper to loosen greasyashy build-up on the inside of the lid. Next, wash with hot soapy water, rinse and dry well.

    • Clean the interior – you can do this by brushing or scraping it clean and then vacuuming out any debris with a shop vacuum. Next, clean the burners brushing them off carefully and clean inside individual port holes, brushing up and down. Do not force anything into port holes that may damage them. Use the Venturi Brush in the burner tubes to sweep away dirt and grit.

    • Clean your heat plates and flavourizer bars a few times a season, as grease can build-up. These can be washed with hot soapy water and scrubbed with a non-scratch pad, rinsed and dried well.

    • Empty and wash the grease pan – do this regularly to prevent fires from occurring. Ensure that you never line your grease pan with foil, as this is a fire hazard. Use foil pans.

    • Thoroughly wash grates – following the instructions in your manual.

    • Clean the outside – now it’s time to make it shine! You can wash the outside of the barbecue with hot soapy water, rinse and dry. For stainless steel, you can also use a stainless steel cleaner and be sure to rub in the direction of the grain.

​For more detailed information on cleaning your barbecue, visit our Cleaning your Barbecue How-to page​

2. Barbecue Safety

    • ​Check for leaks –It’s important that you check for gas leaks every time you disconnect and reconnect any gas fitting or propane tank. If you are thinking of converting your propane unit to a gas unit, we advise against it as using natural gas in a unit designed for propane is dangerous and will void any warranty you have on the unit. If you need guidance on checking for gas leaks, watch our how-to video.

    • Check your manual and ensure your barbecue is positioned the correct distance from your home, railings and fences to avoid a fire.

    • Always keep the barbecue lid open when lighting the barbecue. If the burners do not light or go out, turn all valves off immediately. 

    • If you have small children, ensure that they stay away from the barbecue.

For more barbecue maintenance and safety tips, visit our Grilling 101 section on our website.

Once your barbecue is clean and safe to use, it’s time to get grilling! Remember that your barbecue has more than one setting, turn down the heat! If you are looking for a nice sear you want the barbecue nice and hot. If you want to cook something through, medium heat is best. And if you are planning to add sauce to those chicken wings, be sure to add it last so it doesn’t burn.

To help you get outside and bask in nature’s beauty we’ve put together some delicious outdoor recipes that are perfect for entertaining a large crowd or just a few guests all summer long.

If you’re planning to get even closer to nature by packing a picnic or going camping, our Pack a Picnic page is loaded with lots of great recipes and tips for your adventure.


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Last updated on July 17, 2019