Tips for Pre-Season Grill Tune Up

No matter if your grill never stopped cooking over the winter or if your grill has been hibernating since last season, it's probably time for a tune up. Right before the season is when we like to give our grill some extra TLC to make sure it stays in fighting shape for the rest of the season and fall.

This blog post will take you through some of the important steps to keep your grill in its best shape.

1. Give Your Grill a Good Once Over

Before you fire up your grill after not using it for a while, take a good look at your grill:

  • Check the grates and vents
  • Make sure the wheels are rolling smoothly
  • Check the thermometer
  • Check all components and take note of anything that might need to be replaced or fixed

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Susie from Hey Grill Hey demonstrates using a Char-Griller 3-in-1 brush to clean grill gratesSusie from Hey Grill Hey uses a long set of tongs to dip a folded paper towel in oil as she gets ready to season the grill grateSusie from Hey Grill Hey uses a long set of tongs holding a folded paper towel dipped in oil to season the grill grate

2. Clean Your Grill

Your grill should be cleaned after every use; if it hasn't been used in a while, you probably don't need full cleaning, but it probably needs at least a good wipe down. Grease and oil help keep it seasoned and there's nothing like when you hit that perfectly seasoned sweet spot of cast iron grates, but take some time to wipe off the shelves, clean the thermometer and make sure all the ash is out of the grill.

Do you need to clean your grill now? Read this article on How Often to Clean Your Grill for what to look for and frequency of cleaning.

Removing the ash will help prevent corrosion inside the grill and remove ash build up. Thankfully this is easy with Char-Griller's Easy Dump™ ash pans. Don't forget to clean out the Side Fire Box if you have one!

For a more in-depth look at the steps for cleaning your grill, watch this video in our BBQ 101 series.

3. Season Your Grill

Regularly seasoning your grill ensures that it stays in top condition. After you've cleaned your grill, spray the whole inside down with oil. Make sure to get under the grates and in the ash pan. Fire your grill up and heat it so all that oil burns off and leaves you with a nicely seasoned grill.

Need some help? Here's a great article in our BBQ 101 series that shows you exactly how to season your grill!

4. Scrape and Season the Grates

While you should be cleaning your grates after every cook, that sometimes doesn't always happen. Give your grates a good scrape on the front and the back and make sure all the food residue is gone.

After all the burnt reside has been removed, heat the grill up and oil the grates. This will help season them, preventing rust and ensuing food doesn't stick. If you've never seasoned your grates before, here's a video from ambassador Steve Dotson on how to do that!

5. Keep Cooking

The best thing you can do for your grill is to keep using it and taking care of it. Cook in it, clean the grates, and make sure that you are cleaning out the ashes and covering it when not in use. This will help your grill stay in top shape and ensure it keeps cooking away.

About the BBQ 101 Series

Susie Bulloch founded Hey Grill Hey in 2015 with one desire: to help people make better BBQ. Char-Griller and Kingsford partnered with Susie and Todd to bring you this series of content, BBQ 101, to help you become a better backyard bbq pro.

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