Lowes loves the change in seasons and with a Lowes Money Saving Coupon from We Are Coupons preparing for the warmer weather costs less. As the weather warms up and the days get longer, many people start to think about firing up their barbecue for some outdoor cooking. However, before you start grilling up a storm, it's important to get your barbecue ready for the new season. Here are some tips to help you get your barbecue in top shape for the summer months.
Clean the grill grates
One of the most important steps in preparing your barbecue for a new season of outdoor cooking is to clean the grill grates. Over time, grime and food residue can build up on the grates, which can affect the flavor of your food and even make it unsafe to eat.
To clean your grill grates, start by heating up your barbecue for 10-15 minutes to burn off any leftover food particles. Then, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the grates. For particularly stubborn grime, you can use a mixture of baking soda and water or a commercial grill cleaner.
Check for rust
Before you start cooking on your barbecue, it's important to check for rust. Rust can weaken the metal and make it more prone to cracking or breaking, which can be dangerous when you're cooking over an open flame.
To check for rust, inspect the exterior of your barbecue for any signs of rust or corrosion. If you see any rust spots, use a wire brush to remove the rust and then apply a coat of high-heat paint to protect the metal.
Check the gas supply
If you have a gas barbecue, it's important to check the gas supply before you start cooking. Make sure that the gas tank is full and that the gas lines are free of leaks or cracks.
To check for leaks, mix some soap and water together and then apply the mixture to the gas lines. If you see bubbles, it means that there's a leak and you'll need to replace the gas line before using your barbecue.
Check the ignition system
Before you start cooking on your barbecue, it's important to check the ignition system. The ignition system is what creates the spark that lights the gas, so if it's not working properly, you won't be able to start your barbecue.
To check the ignition system, turn on the gas and then press the ignition button. If the ignition system is working properly, you should see a spark. If you don't see a spark, you may need to replace the ignition system.
Check the grease tray
Another important step in preparing your barbecue for a new season of outdoor cooking is to check the grease tray. The grease tray collects drippings from your food and if it's not cleaned regularly, it can become a fire hazard.
To clean the grease tray, remove it from the barbecue and then scrape off any leftover grease or food particles. You can then wash the grease tray with soap and water.
Replace worn out parts
Over time, parts of your barbecue may wear out or become damaged. Before you start cooking on your barbecue, it's a good idea to inspect it for any parts that need to be replaced.
Some common parts that may need to be replaced include the grill grates, burners, and ignition system. If you notice that any of these parts are worn out or damaged, it's important to replace them before using your barbecue.
Stock up on supplies
Finally, before you start cooking on your barbecue, make sure that you have all of the supplies you need. This includes things like charcoal, lighter fluid, and cooking tools.
If you have a gas barbecue, make sure that you have a full tank of gas and that you have a spare tank on hand in case you run out.