Preparing Your Grill For The Summer

Spring is already here and there is so much to look forward to. After such a long winter, I can’t wait to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. One of my favorite outdoor activities is grilling on my patio. Not only does food taste better when it is grilled, but it’s a great way to create delicious paleo-friendly foods that are good for your body too. You can grill just about any food from vegetables and meat to pie and pizza. I also enjoy being able to spend time outdoors in nature and spending time with friends and family around the grill. There is less clean up to do afterwards so it’s a win-win situation.

Find Out Where To Fill Propane Tank

There are a few things you need to do before you fire up the gas grill. If you have propane left over from the winter, you might want to have it refilled. The cold can cause the propane volume to be lowered over the winter. If you don’t know where to fill propane tank, try a local hardware store such as True Value. They will fill it all the way to top. You can keep your own tank, and it will be filled by a certified technician.

Check The Hose

Check the hose that runs from your grill to the propane tank. Make sure there are no holes, it is intact, and clean. If there is any buildup, be sure to clean it up. If there is any sign of deterioration, you should replace the hose right away.

Clean The Grill

Take out the wire grill and give it a good scrubbing. Start with a wire brush and then use a damp cloth to remove the rest of the residue. Try to avoid soap, as it is very hard to remove and you don’t want that taste on your grilled food. Wash your grilling tools in the dishwasher if you can.

Clean Out The Grease Trap

Find that grease trap and dispose of all the contents. Line it with aluminum foil to make for easy removal for the next time you have to clean. Be sure to use the heavy duty aluminum foil, so it doesn’t break easily.

Do A Test Run

Now is the time of reckoning. Before you put any food on the grill, be sure to test everything to make sure it works. Remove the dust cover, open the grill and turn on the gas. Check for leaks or any other unpleasant odors. Let it burn for a few minutes to make sure that all the burners are working. If everything looks good, you are ready to go. Now it’s time to start planning for outdoor parties, looking for new grilled food recipes, and inviting your neighbors, family, and friends over for delicious food and good times.

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