How To Maintain Your BBQ

Why Should You Maintain Your Grill?

BBQ maintenance is key to extending the life of your grill but many people don’t know how to maintain your BBQ. A dirty grill is a safety hazard and a money trap and no one likes a filthy grill. Neglect is the number one reason for most repairs and replacements. Grease fires, rust, and pests will cost you hundreds if not thousands of dollars that could have been prevented with only a few simple steps. Don’t believe me? Check out these prices on replacement parts compared to the cost of a grill cleaning kit on amazon.

Screenshot of a quote for replacement parts totaling $2,512.50

This kit includes all the tools and accessories you need to use, clean, and maintain your grill. The only thing not included here is stainless steel polish and microfiber cloths. The grill mats alone will make a huge difference in the life of your grates and heat trays. 

But grill maintenance is about more than just what products you use. Follow these habits to keep your grill in good shape and keep your repair costs down.

Preheat Your Grill

Preheating your grill before you use it kills off bacteria, and helps to remove any remaining residue from the last time you used it. A typical rule of thumb is that 15 minutes should be sufficient to reach full temperature. We recommend preheating before cooking rather than cooking off the residue afterwards to reduce the risk of leaving your grill on and forgetting to turn it off. 

Empty Your Grease Trap Regularly

I know, I know you want to know how to maintain your BBQ, but it’s gross. But you know who doesn’t think it’s gross? Rodents. A brimming grease tap is like an open invitation to all manner of pests, not to mention the fire hazard. Any drippings that are not vaporized by your heat trays will accumulate in a tray under your grill. Some models have a small removeable container and others have a larger slide out tray. Regardless of the grease trap that your grill has, it’s important to empty it regularly. Many customers like to fill their grease trap with cat litter to help with clean up. If you wipe it down regularly this will not be necessary.

Scrub Your Grates After Every Use

Would you cook on a frying pan caked in old burnt food that hasn’t been cleaned in a year? Of course not! The grease and fat and burnt food will corrode your cooking grates over time and those replacements can cost you hundreds of dollars. Save yourself the time and money by spending just a couple minutes scrubbing them down with a grill brush while the grill is still warm. 

Be careful what products you are using, however, as some BBQ cleaning brushes have bristles that can fall out during use and end up embedded in your food, posing a serious health risk. Not to worry, there are safer options available.

Always Keep Your Grill Covered When Not In Use

Keeping your grill covered is crucial when it comes to BBQ maintenance, especially in a humid climate like the west coast. Stainless steel may not rust, but it can still corrode, and not all of the pieces in your grill are made of stainless. Water, sea-salt air, and the elements can all cause damage to the interior and exterior of your grill. If you don’t have a cover, or you need a new one, we recommend The Cover Store. 

When In Doubt, Hire A Professional

If your grill is beat up and greasy and you don’t think you’re up to the task, call us or another professional company in your area. We have know how to maintain your BBQ and we have the equipment and expertise to bring your grill back to life and get you cooking in no time. An annual deep cleaning service is often enough for most, though this may differ depending on your use.

Backyard Grill Cleaning Service In Bel Air

BackYard Grill Repair Bel Air

BackYard Grill Repair Bel Air  BackYard BBQ Grill Cleaning Service Bel Air

This beautiful Lynx outdoor kitchen was a grill cleaning service and grill repair service job located in Bel Air. We came to clean the grill and noticed that the infrared searing burner (on the right-hand side of the grill) had holes along the side, allowing the gas to escape and causing it to light rather violently. We also noticed that the hot surface igniter for the left burner was not working. We changed the igniter with parts that we keep in stock and ordered the new infrared burner. In addition to the cleaning and repair, we also replaced all of the ceramic briquettes as the old ones were crumbling and in really bad shape. With his grill cleaned and repaired, our customer’s outdoor kitchen is ready for summer. He requested to be put on our quarterly cleaning program, so we’ll be out every three months to service this beautiful grill.

If you’re in need of a grill cleaning service in Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Bel Air, or any other area in Los Angeles County, call us at 310-925-5971, or follow the link on our website to request service. We clean, repair, and install all brands of grills.

BBQ Cleaning Service Job In Manhattan Beach, CA

Grill Cleaning Service Manhattan Beach

BBQ Cleaning Manhattan Beach Grill Cleaning Service Manhattan Beach

This BBQ cleaning service job was in Manhattan Beach. This was our second time cleaning this customer’s grill. This Lynx grill is used 4-5 times per week and was in real need of a cleaning (we forgot to take the “before” picture). Our team worked hard on this grill for several hours and, as you can see, the result fantastic. In addition to removing all of the build-up from the cooking grates, heater box, and lid, we made sure to use plastic sheeting to protect the white walls surrounding the BBQ island, the planters in the back yard, and the large windows adjacent to the back patio. Cleaning filthy grills is dirty work, but we make sure that the grease and grime don’t ruin our customer’s walls, decks, patios, or outdoor furniture. We’ll be back in six months or less to keep this customer’s grill looking and cooking great.

If you’re in need of a grill cleaning service in Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, call us at 310-925-5971, or follow the link on our website to request service. We clean, repair, and install all brands of grills.

BBQ Grill Repair Service Job In Rancho Palos Verdes

BBQ cleaning Rancho Palos Verdes

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This grill repair service job in Rancho Palos Verdes was done for a family that had an AOG grill that was over 10 years old (the picture on the left is the grill after we removed it and put it in the truck to haul away). Initially, we were going to clean the grill, but after inspecting the burners, grates, and ignition system, we recommended that they replace the grill instead. We ordered the grill and arranged delivery, then came to install the new grill the day after it was delivered. The AOG grill is made by RH Peterson and Company in Irwindale, California. They also manufacture Fire Magic grills. The AOG brand is made of high-quality 304 stainless steel. This model is the 36-inch L series grill. It has electronic ignition, and stainless steel burners, heat trays, and cooking grates. We removed the old grill, installed the new grill into the existing island, connected the grill to the natural gas line, and tested it out. Our customers were so excited to have their new grill installed in time for their daughter’s birthday the following day. As part of our service, we hauled away the grill as well as the box/pallet it was shipped with. We’ll be back to clean this grill every 3 months, ensuring that it looked this good for years to come.

If you’re in need of a grill cleaning service in Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates, or any the South Bay Area, call us at 310-925-5971, or follow the link on our website to request service. We clean, repair, and install all brands of grills.

Grill Cleaning Service Job In North Hollywood

Grill Cleaning North Hollywood

As Spring is getting underway, lots of people are getting their grills ready to use, which means we’ve been BUSY. These are just a few of the jobs we did in the last week.

Grill Cleaning North Hollywood BBQ Cleaning North Hollywood

This grill cleaning service job was in North Hollywood. It was at a beautiful home that was being listed for sale. The owner wanted to make sure that the grill was in top condition before presenting the home to potential buyers. We get a lot of jobs like this from sellers who don’t want a filthy grill to detract from their otherwise beautiful home, and also new owners who recently purchased their home and need to have the grill that came with the home cleaned and repaired prior to using it. We cleaned this beautiful DCS grill and made the customer very happy.

If you’re in need of a grill cleaning service in North Hollywood or any other area in Los Angeles County, call us at 310-925-5971, or follow the link on our website to request service. We clean, repair, and install all brands of grills.

Do I Need a Grill Cleaning Service?

Grill cleaning Torrance

Picture this: you’ve invited the neighbors over for dinner and you plan to grill up some burgers.  You buy a few pounds of grass-fed beef, shape the meat into 1/3-pound patties perfectly seasoned with Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper, you cut the tomatoes, onions and lettuce. You buy brioche buns, mustard, ketchup and mayo and you’re all ready to get cooking. You light your grill and let it heat up for 15 minutes. The guests have arrived and are all gathered around the grill, ready to watch you cook the perfect burger. You bring the platter with the uncooked patties out from the kitchen and, armed with your spatula, begin arranging the patties in perfectly straight lines on the grates.  The meat sizzles as it hits the hot stainless-steel grates and the aroma of cooking meat makes your mouth water.  The neighbors all watch, telling you how delicious the burgers smell and look, and you feel like a backyard hero.

After a few minutes, the fat from the burgers turns to liquid and begins to drip onto the heat trays beneath the grates, the heat trays that have caught the grease from the last 20 times you’ve cooked on the grill and that are already beginning to smoke from the heat of the burners. Another minute or 2 goes by, and now the grease from the burgers is catching fire as it hits the heat trays and the flames are leaping up through the grates and touching some of the burgers.  You notice this and begin to flip the burgers, so the flames won’t burn the side of the meat that’s nearest the flame. But when you flip the burger, all the grease that has accumulated on top of the burgers drips down onto the heat trays and the bottom of the heater box, causing the flames to spread and go higher.  Now, as the grill reaches maximum heat and the burners are all oozing grease, the flames are reaching up through the grates, emitting black smoke and charring the greasy burgers. Some of the patties catch fire and the flames continue to rise. You try to move the now burning patties away from the flames, but no matter where you move them to, the flames rise to meet the meat and the grease continues to feed the flames.

The neighbors watch in horror as their dinner is consumed by uncontrollable flames and black smoke.  In an attempt to stop the flames, you turn the gas off, but the grease in the heater box and on the heat trays that has accumulated over several months continues to burn. As a last resort you grab your neighbor Dave’s bottle of Pliny the Elder and pour it onto the flames, temporarily putting them out and creating a cloud of steam with the rare and expensive beer that Dave was so proud to have brought. As the steam dissipates, everyone stares down at the hamburger patties that now resemble smoldering hockey pucks. Somewhere a neighbor child cries, and Dave, with his nearly empty beer bottle, snickers something about the fire department being on their way. In less than 6 minutes, you have been transformed from backyard hero to neighborhood zero.

What caused this unfortunate and all to common disaster, and how could it have been prevented? Outdoor grill fires are caused by excessive grease being heated to the point of combustion during the cooking process. The grease can come from fat melting during cooking or oil from marinades and sauces that drip off the food and into the heater-box below.   Grease will start to smoke at 375⁰ – 450⁰ and will ignite at 450⁰ – 500⁰.  If you cook with the lid down on your grill, you will reach these temperatures very quickly, often in the time it takes you to walk to the cooler and grab a cold drink. You can prevent a grease fire from occurring by cleaning and maintaining your grill. Cleaning the grease out of the bottom of the heater box and off the heat trays should be done every 1 to 6 months, depending on how often you use your grill.  This is dirty and time-consuming work, so you will probably want to hire a grill cleaning service to come and handle the job for you. A grill cleaning service will have the proper tools and knowledge to clean and degrease your grill, extending the life of the grill and ensuring that the disaster described above never happens to you.

Another nightmare scenario is finding rodent droppings inside your grill. Mice and rats are attracted to the smell of the food and grease in your grill. They will often build nests in the heater box or cabinet underneath the grill. They gnaw on plastic coating of the electrical wires, causing the lights and ignition system to stop working. If you find rodent droppings, or any other sign of the presence of rodents in or around your grill, you will want an experienced grill cleaning service to come clean and disinfect your grill before using it again.

At Southern California Grill Cleaning, we clean, repair, install, assemble and maintain all brands of grills, including Lynx, Viking, Lion, Bull, AOG, Fire Magic, Weber, Napoleon, Hestan, Kalamazoo, Alfresco, AMG and more. We provide deep cleaning and surface cleaning services to keep your grill looking and cooking like new. As part of every cleaning job, we test all the components of your grill, including the gas valves, burners, ignition and gas lines. Any parts that are malfunctioning can usually be repaired immediately, or if the part needs to be ordered, we take care of ordering and will come back and complete the installation. We utilize a steam cleaner to remove all the grease from the heater box, upper and lower walls, heat trays, cooking grates, burners and lid. We also use a wire brush and power drill to remove any burnt-on carbon deposits from your cooking grates. In addition to removing grease, the steam kills all bacteria that may be present from the food particles left in and on your grill.  After cleaning the interior components, we clean and polish the exterior of your grill and then test everything one final time.

So, do you need a grill cleaning service? If you want to use your grill to cook healthy, delicious meals and be the backyard hero, rather than the neighborhood zero, then yes, you need a grill cleaning service. For a grill cleaning service in Torrance, Palos Verdes, Pacific Palisades, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica and the rest of Los Angeles and Orange County, call us at 310-925-5971 or fill out our online service request. Remember, no one likes a filthy grill.