If you’re not the type who likes to fire up the grill in snow boots and a stocking cap, then you’ll need to get your grill ready for winter storage before the cold sets in. Here are some tips to make sure your grill sleeps safe and sound through the winter months.
Cleaning and Prep
First, give your grill a thorough cleaning. Fire it up and let it run on high heat for about 15 to 20 minutes to burn off the food stuck to the interior and grates. Then scrub the grates with a grill brush or aluminum foil and tongs. Soak the interior with soapy water for at least 10 minutes; then scrub the interior to remove any residue. Rinse the grates and interior with water to remove any soap or chemical residue.
Wipe down the outside of the grill with soapy water and a rag. Don’t use abrasive chemicals or scouring pads, since they could remove the paint on the exterior of your grill. Coat the burners and other metal parts with cooking oil spray to prevent rust.
Covering the Grill
Let everything dry before covering it for storage. Moisture that gets trapped inside your grill or under the grill cover can cause rust.
Unless your grill cover is brand new, we recommend soaping it down and rinsing it off, then letting it dry completely before covering your grill. The grill cover should be the right size and shape for your grill. Tie it down securely in case of strong winds. Use extra tie downs (such as bungee cords) if needed.
Gas Tank Storage
If you store your gas grill indoors, don’t bring the propane tank inside (even in a garage or storage shed). The risk of a gas leak and explosion is too great in an enclosed space.
Disconnect the LP gas tank by following the instructions in your owner’s manual. Store the propane tank outdoors in an upright position. Keep it away from dryer and furnace vents, as well as children’s play areas.
Seal off the grill’s gas line opening with a plastic bag and tape. This will prevent spiders and insects from making it their home over the winter.