Here are some tips to store your grill before it’s covered with snow this winter. Once you’ve given your grill a thorough cleaning, take the following steps to prevent unwanted surprises next spring:
- Shut off the gas at the LP tank and unfasten the burner, slip the gas tubes off the gas lines (be sure to check your owner’s manual) and lift out the whole unit.
- To prevent rust, coat the burners and other metal parts with cooking oil to repel moisture that can build up over the winter.
- To keep insects and spiders from nesting in the gas tubes, wrap the burner unit in a plastic bag.
- If storing your grill outside for the winter, keep the propane tank connected and shut off. Use a protective cover over the entire grill.
- If storing your grill inside, DO NOT bring the tank inside (this includes the garage or storage shed). Disconnect the tank and store it outside in an upright position away from dryer and furnace vents.
- To prevent insects from nesting, tape a plastic bag over the gas line opening.
When spring arrives and you’re ready to fire up your grill, you’ll be glad you took the time to follow these quick and easy steps.