Grilling Season is Almost Here – Is Your Grill Up to the Task?

With the warm summer days just around the corner, many people are getting their grills out of storage and getting them ready for another grilling season.  A few of you have probably already fired up your grill. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or a BBQ novice, it’s important to make sure your grill is up to the task before that first cookout of the season. Proper preparation and maintenance are necessary for both charcoal and gas grills to help ensure that they are safe to use and ready to deliver delicious results. Here are some essential tasks for both types of grills to get them ready for the season ahead.


Preparing Your Charcoal Grill

Clean the Grates: Start by removing the grates from your grill and scrubbing them with a grill brush to remove any built-up residue. This will help prevent sticking and ensure even cooking.

Remove Old Ash: Be sure to remove all old ash, making it easier to inspect your grill and to start the grilling season without any remains of last season. If your grill has an ash catcher, make sure it’s empty and clean. This will help ensure proper airflow for your coals.

Check for Rust: Inspect the inside and outside of your grill for any signs of rust. If you find any, use a wire brush to remove it, and then apply a coat of high-heat paint to protect against future rusting. If the rust goes all the way through leaving a hole in your grill, it’s time to start shopping for a new one.

Inspect the Vents: Check the vents on your grill to make sure they open and close properly. This will allow you to control the temperature of your grill more effectively.

Stock Up on Charcoal: Make sure you have plenty of charcoal on hand for the season ahead. Consider trying different types of charcoal, such as lump charcoal or flavored briquettes, to add variety to your grilling.

Once your grill is clean and ready to go, first preheat it. Next, soak a paper towel with high-heat oil such as vegetable or canola oil, and using tongs to keep your hand away from the heat, wipe the grates with it. This will help prevent your food from sticking to the grates.


Preparing Your Gas Grill

Check the Gas Line: Inspect the gas line for any signs of wear or damage. If you notice any issues, contact a professional to have it repaired or replaced.

Clean the Burners: Remove the burners from your grill and clean them with a wire brush to remove any debris. This will help ensure that they heat evenly and prevent flare-ups.

Clean the Grease Trap: Empty and clean the grease trap to prevent grease fires and ensure proper drainage.

Inspect the Igniter: Test the igniter to make sure it lights the grill properly. If it’s not working, replace the battery or the igniter itself.

Check the Gas Tank: Make sure your gas tank is full and that there are no leaks. You can do this by applying a soapy water solution to the connections and looking for bubbles.

If everything looks good, then you are ready to fire up your grill. You can prep your grates in pretty much the same way as you do with a charcoal grill. However, if there are issues with your grill, visit your local BBQ grill retailer for replacement parts or an upgrade before the grilling season arrives.

Jersey Coast Appliance: Your BBQ Grill Headquarters

As grilling season approaches, it’s important to take the time to ensure that your grill is ready to go. Whether you prefer charcoal or gas, these simple maintenance tasks can help ensure that your grill is safe to use and ready to deliver delicious results. 


For over 40 years, Jersey Coast Appliance has been serving Ocean and Monmouth counties as the go-to destination for all your BBQ grill needs. From charcoal to gas, we have a wide selection of grills to choose from, along with all the accessories you need to make your grilling experience a success. Whether you’re a seasoned grill master or just getting started, Jersey Coast Appliance has everything you need to make this grilling season the best one yet. 

Browse our online selection or stop by our convenient Toms River location. Our knowledgeable staff can help you find the perfect grill for your needs and provide expert advice on maintenance, repair, and replacement. 


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