​How to Maintain your Barbecue

​Keeping your barbecue functioning properly is simple. You’ll find information here about easy, regular upkeep and annual maintenance. Here’s how to look after the different parts of your barbecue:

Cooking Grids:

  • Leave your barbecue on high for 5-10 minutes after cooking to char residue. Or, after preheating the barbecue the next time you use it, brush the charred residue off with a brass-bristled brush. Do not use a metal scraper as it will scratch the grids.
  • To clean porcelain or stainless steel grids, place in a heavy garbage bag with newspaper or towel soaked with ammonia. Set outside overnight (where it won’t damage or stain grass, deck, plants, etc).
  •  Wash grids with hot, soapy water and rinse.
  •  Avoid using ammonia with cast iron or chrome-plated grids. 

Lava Rock, Briquettes, Flavourizer Bars:

  • Lava rock and briquettes should be discarded when they begin to disintegrate.
  • Briquettes are preferable to lava rock as they are less porous, absorb less grease and won’t flare up as much.
  • Lava rock and briquettes can be cleaned by regularly turning them to burn off fat and grease.  


  • Barbecue flames should burn blue.
  • To clean burners, pull them out of the barbecue and clean them thoroughly with a brass- or metal-bristled brush.
  • Clean individual port holes and tubes with a long-handled brush to remove rust and debris that can hinder the flow of gas and propane.
  • Remove ash that builds up around the burners, as it encourages rust.
  • Burners with large holes need to be replaced to prevent cold spots in the barbecue. 

Propane tanks: 

  • Tanks must be recertified every 10 years. Purchasing a new tank is preferable and cost efficient.
Last updated on January 18, 2019