If you are fond of having cookouts especially during summer, a propane grill is a good appliance to have. It is portable can be used almost anywhere. It makes cooking easier and faster. However, continuous use without proper cleaning can leave a lot of burned residue along the outside, inside and around the grills. The grill should be kept clean to ensure that the food will not be contaminated by the residue that has been left from the previous cooking. Here are the steps on how to clean inside a propane grill.
- Make sure that the gas is turned off. Remove the briquettes or charcoal pieces that have been left inside and remove the grids. Check the manual for the instructions on how to remove the grids.
- Disconnect the burner from the gas tank. Double check that the gas tank is closed before disconnecting the burner from it. Detach the gas line from the burner. You can wash this with soapy water to remove any grease and oil that have splattered on the gas line. Allow this to dry while you clean inside the grill.
- Cover the gas fixtures with aluminum foil so that water will not seep through as well as prevent the fixtures from getting in contact with whatever solution you will use to clean inside the grill.
- Remove the cooking grids from the grill. You can clean this with warm soapy water and a stiff brush or sponge. Coat the cooking grids with the soapy solution to soak the burned and dried food particles that have stuck to the grids before scrubbing them. Rinse the cooking grids with running water. Likewise you can spray it with an oven cleaner before wiping off the residue.
- Use warm soapy water and a stiff brush, cloth or sponge to wash the inside of the propane grill. Allow the soapy water to soak through any thick build up of oil and grease that may coat the inside surface of the grill. Rinse with water until you have removed all traces of soap. Wipe the inside of the grill dry.
- Use a damp cloth or sponge dipped in warm soapy water to clean the outside of the propane grill. Rinse with water until there is no more soap residue and wipe the exterior with a dry cloth.
- Allow the parts to completely dry before you reassemble them. Connect the gas line to the burner and then to the propane tank. Make sure that the fittings are attached tightly. Open the propane tank and run a damp sponge dipped in soapy water over the gas line to check for leaks. Bubbles forming on the surface of the gas line means there maybe cracks or holes that have been covered with grime that are now exposed which allow the gas to escape. Replace faulty gas line with a new one.
Allow the propane grill to continue running after you have finished cooking so that the heat can burn off most of the food bits that have adhered to the cooking grids. Use a stiff metal brush recommended for use with propane grills to remove the rest of the particles. Once the grids are clean, turn off the gas. Allow the grids to cool before wiping them off with a clean dry cloth or some paper towels to ensure that they are clean before you store the propane grill.