How to Maintain a Garden Barbecues

When the first sign of spring shows in your garden, for many people, it’s time to open up your garden shed and to find out what state your barbecues are in, because they’ve been sitting there for four or five months, unchecked and certainly not maintained. Learning how to maintain your outside garden barbecues may mean the difference between uncovering your unit and cooking your first meal of the year soon after or having to take it to the recycling plant and needing to purchase a new barbecue.

Hopefully, your barbecue will have been stored away in a cool area where it hasn’t been allowed to become damp at all during the colder winter months. If you did allow the metal parts to become damp and stay that way for a long time, they may have rusted and be damaged beyond repair.

Some people leave their garden barbecues out on the patio all year around, but are completely covered to protect the working parts from the elements of the weather. By leaving it outside, at least it is probably well ventilated, which is not something you expect after you leave barbecues in a garden shed during the damp months.

Clean after use

Maintaining your garden barbecue during the seasons when you’re using it is first begun by cleaning it after every single use.

If you’re using a charcoal barbecue, you will need to empty the bricks safely from your barbecue and scrub clean the whole surface without scratching or damaging it. The barbecue grate, which holds the food during the cooking process, will have to be completely cleared of food and fat, because if its left there, the bacteria may begin to grow because it will be left in the perfect growing temperature and then when you add a steak or sausage in two to three weeks time, you may well be eating pure food poisoning.

A wire brush and cleaning spray from your local DIY centre will make cleaning the barbecue grate a relatively easy task.

Gas barbecues

Gas barbecues, even though they cost much more to purchase originally, are cheaper to run because you only need to replace the gas occasionally rather than buying charcoal bricks regularly. They are also easier to clean because when you have finished cooking you simply turn the heating up to full power and this will melt any of the food and fat residues lurking on the cooking grate.

Where there’s a build up of smoke or soot on your garden barbecue you should remove it as soon as possible. It will be easy to see, as it will show as a black smoky film that may also be oily. Essentially, it’s smoke that has come from your food when you are grilling previously. If you don’t clean these areas properly, your barbecues may become hotter than usual in these areas and the residue will eventually fall off of the barbecue and onto your food, perhaps not giving you the desired taste you were looking for.

Small animals and bugs will enjoy your garden barbecue if you haven’t cleaned it properly before you put it away or covered it. Leaving just a little sweet sauce will attract hundreds of ants to enjoy the meal and if there is a way in for mice to build a home, then a barbecue tray is an ideal location.

If it’s time to upgrade your outside cooking arrangements, you can find barbecues here and from the selection you will be able to choose a new model which you will keep clean and tidy so you can cook on your barbecue for years to come.