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Grill Maintenance 101

- Van Chaplin
Van Chaplin

Keep your outdoor grill in tip-top shape. All you need are a few inexpensive tools and a little bit of elbow grease.

Grill Maintenance 101

Get Fired Up
When the temperature outdoors rises, a jar of barbecue sauce, a package of fresh chicken, and a backyard grill offer an enticing alternative to slaving over a hot stove. Cooking out is casual and simple, but don't let that fool you into taking your grill's upkeep lightly. Knowing how to properly clean and maintain a grill will ensure great barbecues for years to come.

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Annual Upkeep

Grill Safety
Using proper precautions is just as important as cleaning. Take these four steps to avoid common grilling mistakes.

  1. Be sure to open the lid before lighting your gas grill.
  2. Make sure your grill is at least 10 feet away from your house and any other flammable materials. Never fire up your grill in an enclosed area.
  3. If you're out of charcoal lighter fluid, never substitute gasoline or kerosene. Once you start the grill, be patient. Do not add more lighter fluid to speed up the heating process.
  4. Store propane tanks outside, sheltered from direct sunlight.
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