A BBQ grill naturally extends your living area to include the patio and yard.
While the BBQ quickly becomes a magnet for get-togethers with family and friends there are a couple of things you should do before you use the grill for the first time. Take a few precautions to make sure your grill is properly broken in and that your guests are safe. Here’s what to do:
Read the Manual
Read the manual to make sure all the safety rules are followed and the equipment is properly put together. Place your grill in an open area with good ventilation and no overhanging structures or nearby plants. It should also be away from high traffic areas where children or animals might accidentally come into contact with it.
Perform a Leak Test
A leak test is an important safety test to perform before using the grill for the first time and again at the beginning of each season or after moving the grill. With all the control knobs in the off position, turn the valve at the gas or propane tank to the on position. Spray or brush a solution of soapy water onto the valves, tank, regulator, and hoses. Watch for expanding bubbles as you go. Growing bubbles mean that you have a leak. Turn off the gas and tighten connections or replace leaking parts before using the grill. Once you have fixed all the leaks and performed another leak test to ensure that the gas lines are tight, the grill is safe to use. Never use a grill with even a small leak.
Seasoning the Grill
Clean away dust, oil, adhesives, coatings, and other gunk that may have accumulated on your BBQ grill at the factory or the store by burning it for 20 to 30 minutes before the first use. Open the lid before lighting the grill according to the manufacturer’s directions, then set the burners to high and close the lid. After 20 to 30 minutes, open the lid CV and continue burning for another 5 minutes. Brush the grill grate with a brass brush. Turn off the grill and allow it to cool.
Using the Grill
Follow all the manufacturer’s operating instructions and safety tips while enjoying your new grill. Keep a close watch on the grill while it is in use and until it has cooled – this is especially true with children and pets. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby at all times.
Evaluate your Options
While you may favor gas grills over charcoal, there is another option available: the electric grill. Electric grills don’t emit carbon monoxide and can be used year round in sheds or garages that are well-ventilated. The lack of open flames also means less burn accidents and a better control over temperature. Best of all? They’re usually cheaper!
Protecting your Investment
While many retailers offer great deals on all sorts of BBQs, be sure to choose retailers that offer protection for your gas grill as well electric options.
Follow these tips before using your grill for the first time. Know how to safely operate your grill, keep your grill clean and in top condition for many years of backyard grilling fun.