Is Your BBQ Leaking? 5 To-Dos Before You Ignite


sponsored // Before you ignite, follow these 5 steps to prepare for barbecue season.

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If you’re not a hardcore griller, your barbecue has been hibernating in the garage for months. Before you head to the butcher and grab some T-bones, there are some simple steps you should take to get your barbeque in top grilling condition. Grab a beverage or two and get to work!


1. Have your cleaning supplies ready


You wouldn’t cook in a dirty kitchen, so why would you grill on a dirty barbeque? In order to sanitize and deep clean your grill, you will need the following to clean every nook and cranny of your barbeque:


2. Give your grill a good spring cleaning

  • Start with the burners. It is easier to detach the burners and take them out of the grill for a very thorough cleaning. Pass a venturi brush through the burners to snag out any blockages then brush the tops of the burners using a brass wire brush.
  • Check all of the burner ports to ensure that they are opened. If some are closed with food particles you can use a 1/16-inch drill bit to open them.
  • Sear plates and cooking grills should be washed with hot soapy water. Simply brush the top side of your cooking grills with a little oil to re-season them.
  • Hot soapy water works wonders on the cast base and sides of the grill and to remove grease splatters on the outside of the grill. 
  • For porcelain lids a thorough washing should suffice.
  • For stainless steel lids a stainless steel cleaner should be used to remove any discoloring.
  • Once the paint is dried, brush the cast aluminum with a little olive oil, this helps restore the luster and prevent oxidation.
  • Lastly, use a spatula to scrape grease from the inside of the base all the way down towards the drip pan.
  • Remove the drip pan and give it a good washing and be sure to replace the tin foil grease catcher.

3. Inspect all hoses and feed tubes

Once your cleaning is done it is a good idea to visually inspect all hoses and feed tubes on your grill. Look for any crimps, scratching and or punctures, if you detect any of these, it is time to replace the hoses.

4. Do a complete leak test of the grill

A leak test should be performed any time your grill has been in storage for a prolonged length of time or when you are changing any components on your grill. Watch the following video for complete leak test information:

5. Check all ignition parts

Now that your grill is clean and safe it is time to check out how it lights.
  • For battery ignitions it is a good idea to replace the batteries with new ones.
  • Check all electrode leads and ensure the tips of the electrodes are clean and have no grease or rust build up on them, if they do you can use sandpaper to clean them.

Visit Napoleon Home Comfort to find the right grill for you, or pick up accessories and parts.
Napoleon gourmet gas and charcoal grills are manufactured in Barrie, Ontario. 
24 Napoleon Rd., Hwy. 11 & 93, Barrie