The weather is getting nice which means it’s time to get your BBQ prepped and ready to grill!
Give it a Cleaning
Remove your grates and give them a good cleaning using warm, soapy water. After cleaning, remember to re-season cast iron grates. Wipe down the outside of your BBQ as well to get any dirt and dust off that may have accumulated on it over the winter months.
Inspect BBQ & Propane Tank
Take a few minutes to look over your BBQ for damage and wear. Check the valve on your propane tank to make sure it isn’t leaking by putting soapy water over the valve - if it bubbles you have a leak that needs to be addressed.
Check Your Propane
The last thing you want is to be partway through grilling a meal and run out of propane. If your propane tank doesn’t have an indicator to show how much propane is left in the tank there are a couple ways to get an estimate on what it left in the tank.
- Using Water: Fill a cup with hot water and pour it down the side of the tank. Run your hand down the side of the tank and feel for a cool spot. The cool spot will be the level of the propane left in the tank.
- By Weight: On the handle of the propane tank you will see a number stamped on the tank that says ‘TW’ - this is the weight of the tank when it is empty. Using a scale, weigh your propane tank. Subtract the TW number on your tank from the weight on your scale and this will give you an idea of how much is left in the tank. Most propane tanks weigh around 17lbs empty and can hold 20lbs of propane.