Preparing your BBQ for the summer - Woody Wood BBQ supplies in Telford
28th April 2015
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Whether you have a gas or charcoal BBQ, it will need a thorough clean before you start cooking on it again this summer.

Gas BBQ’s

  • Check for any general wear and tear to ensure your BBQ is in full working order
  • Examine the gas hose for damage, cracks, tears, patches etc. If there is any problem you must replace it.
  • Check the hose connectors for scratches, dirt or damage as this could lead to a gas leak if not replaced.
  • Inspect the burners and pay close attention to any blockages, dust, debris, spider’s webs etc.  Remove using something thin and sharp e.g. a tooth pick.
  • Test all of the controls to ensure they work correctly.
  • Check whether you need a new gas bottle, if you do, follow the set up instructions to the letter.
  • Remove any BBQ parts that can be disconnected and that are suitable to be washed.  Place them in hot, soapy water to loosen residue.  Use a scrubbing pad to clean each part thoroughly before leaving them to dry.
  • Clean inside and outside of the BBQ with hot soapy water and leave to dry in the fresh air.
  • When you are happy that your BBQ is clean, re-assemble and make certain there are no loose connections.
  • Fire up the BBQ for a trial run and leave for 15 minutes to allow it to burn off any remaining cleaning fluid. This will also be a good test to see if you have missed anything out during your inspection and deep clean.
  • Switch the BBQ off and prepare for the first outdoor meal of the year.

Charcoal BBQ’s


  • Look out for any rust patches and attend to them.
  • Remove the grill and soak in hot soapy water
  • Clean thoroughly with a cloth or scourer
  • Leave the grills outside to dry
  • Scoop out old charcoal from the bottom of the BBQ and once empty, clean inside and out with hot soapy water.
  • Leave outside to dry.
  • Fire up the BBQ for a trial run and leave for 15 minutes to allow it to burn off any remaining cleaning fluid.

Now you just need the next warm, sunny day before cooking some mouth-watering food for your friends and family. 

And don't forget, the Woody Shop in High Ercall has everything you need to make the most of your BBQ this summer. 

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