How Do I Prepare My Grill for Spring?

What do I need to know about prepping my grill for spring? Coming out of winter, it is expected that your grill has accumulated some dirt and other debris, even if you’ve kept it covered. This guide will provide useful tips for preparing your grill for springtime BBQ.

Tips for Preparing Your Grill for Spring

How do I prepare my grill for spring? Keep reading for some essential steps before turning your grill on for the first time.


Cleaning your grill is a must before you turn it on for the first time. Before you clean, make sure that you check for any leaks. Using just plain soapy water, clean the water hoses, regulators, valves, and tubes. Scrub your grill with warm soapy water. But don’t touch the oven cleaner to prevent damage to your grill.

Be sure to disconnect the gas before you proceed. Remove the grates and clean them using a soft wire brush. You can then eliminate the debris from the lid and body of your grill.

Don’t forget to:

  • Check the ignition pieces for residue
  • Wipe down the burners, ensuring nothing is rusted
  • Wipe off grease stains from the outside of your grill

Remove Rust

One of the safest and most effective ways of getting rid of rust from your grates is to soak them overnight in a solution mixed with vinegar and water. You can also add some baking soda. Avoid using rust removers, as these can be toxic to your health.

Once you’ve cleaned the graters, you can rub a little vegetable oil on them. If you want to extend the life of your grill grates, consider purchasing a grill mat.

Purchase Fuel

If you have a gas grill, you must not forget to purchase fuel. Now is the time to purchase propane fuel or charcoal. Be sure to store it away from pets and kids. Propane tanks should be kept in a shady, cool spot and kept in an upright position.

Prep Area

Now is also the perfect time to sweep, hose down, or power wash the area where your grill will be placed. Be sure that nothing flammable is there, such as twigs, leaves, or toys.

Test Your Grill

Before you invite people over for a BBQ, you should perform a test run. Consider grilling a few things for yourself and your family. Make sure that you test all burners and any accessories you have. Cook all the items you will make as if you were hosting a party. Purchase a grill gasket for veggies, as these can easily slip through grates.

The best thing to do is try recipes out now that you plan to cook. If any alterations need to be made, you can adjust accordingly. For example, use lava rock or charcoal bricks to prevent hotspots if your burners are uneven.  

Following these tips, your grill should be ready and in good condition for the spring.


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