Tips for Choosing and Maintaining a New BBQ - May 4th 2017
- - Always scoop off excess grease build-up from your BBQ cavity prior to cooking on it.
- - Replace those lava-rock grease sponges with our high-density pyramid-shaped ceramic briquettes. These extend burner life and reduce flare-ups.
- - Always pre-heat your BBQ for 8-12 minutes and brush off the charred remnants using a wooden-handled brass brush prior to applying your food.
- - Use very warm water and good dish detergent to cut through grease with a firm nylon brush.
- - Maintain your burner.
- - Igniters and electrodes usually have a life-span of 2-5 years and are cheap and easy to replace.
- - BBQ retailers have products to remove heat discoloration and restore stainless steel housings.
- - Evaluate all your components before replacing the burner. If 2 or more components are deteriorated they may cost far more than the value of you BBQ.
So what should you look for in a BBQ designed to last?
- - A minimum 10-year warranty backed by a shop offering licensed gas technicians and parts in stock. Some better grills even offer lifetime warranties on key features such as burners and housings.
- - Cheap stainless is about as good as thick tinfoil. 304 grade stainless steel on the burner and heat distribution plates are essential.
- - The cart of the grill must be able to withstand the elements. Ensure that the cart is galvanized or solid 304 stainless.
- - A rear burner is one of the most important features found on today's BBQ.
Popular Natural Gas or Propane BBQ Brands: Napoleon, Ultrachef, Envirogrill & Weber.