How to season a new grill

Season your new grill

There comes a time when a new grill is born into an expectant, happy family. This beautiful new appliance should be seasoned before it begins it’s life as the backyard hero.

Why season?

  • It’s simple – seasoning your grill protects it.
    Left outside, your grill is susceptible to the elements. Extreme temperature variances and moisture are forever the enemies of most metals, your grill, being primarily metal, is no different. Seasoning it gives one more line of defense.
  • It makes it easier to clean.
    A seasoned grill is easier to clean. Food won’t stick as easily, preventing buildup. A clean grill is a happy grill.
  • Seasoning burns off any paint or factory chemicals.
    Your grill was formed, coated, painted, sealed, boxed, shipped, and who knows what else. There may be lingering manufacturing chemicals on your grill that will be burned off during the seasoning process.

All of this adds up to extending the life of your grill and your grates. A well seasoned grill is your first line of protection toward prolonging it’s life.

How to season?

Seasoning is easy. All you need is cooking oil (canola, vegetable or even bacon fat), few paper towels, and your grill fuel (gas, propane or charcoal).

  1. First, saturate a paper towel.
  2. Then, Wipe down the grates so that they are liberally coated (top and bottom).
  3. Wipe down the inside of the lid.
  4. Finally, Heat up the grill and get it as hot as you can.

That’s all there is to it, congratulations on your new grill.

How to remove rust from grill grates

how to remove rust from grill grates

I let my gas grill sit dormant for several months during winter. When I opened the lid a few weeks ago I was disappointed to find rusty grates. Left exposed to the elements, grill grates are susceptible to rust. I took to the web to find replacements from the manufacturer and they were more than I wanted to spend. Fortunately, with a little work I was able to get those rusty grates back in order and ready to cook. I’ll show you how – all you need is a box of baking soda, a little white vinegar and a wire brush.

  1. Start out by brushing off any large chunks with your wire brush.
  2. Next, pour baking soda in the areas with rust.
  3. Get the grill nice and hot – once it’s to temp, the baking soda will begin bubbling.
  4. Let the grill cook and give it some more brushing.
  5. Finally, spray the grates down with vinegar to remove the remaining baking soda and grime.

Now your grates should be clean and free of rust. If not, try repeating the process. If you still aren’t getting the results you want, try soaking the grates in a vinegar baking soda solution overnight followed by another brushing.

Homemade Grill Cleaner Using Vinegar Recipe

Cleaning your grill with vinegar

It’s that time of year again: grilling season. It’s time to dust off your gas or charcoal grill and give it a good cleaning to prepare.

If you’re not interested in commercial grill grate cleaner, you can whip up your own solution to get those grates ready to roll. With a little vinegar you’ll get those beautiful grates free of muck and grime from last season’s burgers (you promised yourself you’d go back and clean them, right?)

Here’s the recipe for sparkling grates:

  • 2 parts distilled white vinegar
  • 1 part tap water

Mix together and place in a spray bottle.

Start out by giving your grates a good scrub with your favorite grill brush. From there, spray down the grates with your solution. Let them sit for 15 minutes and scrub again with the grill brush. This should take care of most gunk.

If you still have caked up residue, remove the grates from the grill and try adding baking soda to them. Scrub the baking soda into the grates with your brush and proceed to spray it down with your solution.

4 Best Grill Brushes for Stainless Steel Grates

You’ve got the meat marinated. You’ve got the Kingsford charcoal staged. It’s go time… but your grates are dirty. There are so many options for grill brushes. Which are the best? We’ve broken down the top 4 grill brushes for stainless steel grates in this handy guide:

  1. Stainless Woven Wire

    This variation of the classic wire brush wins in our book. You get the cleaning power of steel bristles without as much risk of those bristles coming off and potentially ending up in your food. This brush has three “groups” of woven stainless steel bristles in it’s head. The length of the bristles on this brush really help it to shine as it’s able to reach down between the grates as opposed to simply cleaning the surface. Because it’s stainless and has a decent handle length (10 inches), you can use it while the grill is still hot. As you’re aware, cleaning the grill while it’s hot helps loosen up the gunk you’re attempting to remove. To top it all off, this brush is durable enough to make it through the dishwasher when it comes time to clean it.

    Pros
    – Superior cleaning ability
    – Less likely to leave behind bristles

    Cons
    – Still has some risk of leaving behind bristles

    MSRP: Approximately $13 on Amazon

  2. Char-broil Nylon Bristle

    New to the scene when compared to steel brushes is the Char-broil Nylon Bristol brush. This brush does have to be used when the grill is cool but the bristles pack a nice punch when removing gunk. This is the perfect brush if you have concerns of steel bristles being left behind and I’d consider it the next best thing to a steel brush. The head of this brush is removable for cleaning and/or replacement making maintenance easy, although replacement heads are a little pricey when compared to the price of the brush. This brush features an ergonomic handle that fits great in the hand.

    Pros
    – Easy to clean brush
    – Great for porcelain or cast iron grates
    – Won’t leave behind dangerous bristles

    Cons
    – The grates need to be cool before brushing or you risk warping or melting them.

    MSRP: Approximately $15 on Amazon

  3. Wood Handled, Square-Head Stainless Steel

    Stainless Steel Brush

    This list wouldn’t be complete without old faithful – the straight wire brush. I started out using these, the cheap variety with the plastic handle and would replace them each season. They are common because they’re effective and cheap, however, you should always be absolutely certain you have cleared the grates of any remnants of the wire bristles that can so easily become dislodged. These brushes are meant to be pushed against the grate at a 45 degree angle. To minimize the amount of wire bristles you leave behind, be sure to replace your brush when it begins to show signs of wear. If you’re a fan of wire brushes, try upgrading to a brush with a wooden handle that allows for replacing the heads. Stainless steel grates are easily cleaned using these brushes but I would not recommend for use on porcelain coated grates as they can be hard enough to scratch the porcelain – be sure to check your grill’s manual to verify.

    Pros
    – Cheap
    – Very Effective

    Cons
    – Sheds potentially dangerous bristles easily

    MSRP: Approximately $18 on Amazon

  4. Nylon Scrubber Pad

    Nylon scrubber pads have their place in the grill cleaning toolkit. They’re best used in conjunction with grate cleaning spray or degreaser. Scrubber pads need to be used on a cool grill. They’re great for cleaning a cold grill before you get started using your favorite grill cleaning spray but I’m not sure you’ll be able to keep your grill clean using nylon scrubber pads alone.

    Pros
    – No bristles
    – Gentle enough for any type of surface

    Cons
    – Not as effective at getting caked on grime
    – Grill needs to be cool to use
    – Don’t last long

    MSRP: Approximately $9 on Amazon

     

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