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Make Your Labor Day BBQ A Safe One

Written by

Ann Garrison

It is Labor Day already! Where did the summer go? Hopefully, you have had lots of great weekends around the grill, sharing great food, fun activities and having friends and family together. So it is time to prepare for the big “Summer’s over Labor Day Barbecue Bash”.

While you are planning the menu, the guest list, the beverages, the music and the fun, don’t forget the main event! Make sure your grill is ready!!

This means, check the important areas that could make or break the party.

 

For Gas Models:

Check for leaks!
Whenever changing or disconnecting an LP tank, perform a leak check when the tank is reconnected.   A simple soapy water solution applied to the connection is all you need.  With the control knobs off, turn on the tank. If bubbles form, DO NOT USE THE GRILL!  There is a gas leak. Try a different tank!

Brush the burner tubes!
Using a clean Weber stainless steel brush, brush across the portholes to clear all oxidation and debris from the ports.  Do not brush lengthwise, as that may push more into the holes.  Blocked portholes can cause a back flash fire.

Check the cookbox!
Excess grease can collect on the sides of the cookbox over time.  Grease is flammable!   Use a plastic scraper to push all grease into the bottom tray (grease tray).

Clean out the bottom tray (grease tray)!
Use a plastic scraper to push all of the excess grease into the catch pan.   Again, grease is flammable!

Empty the catch pan and toss the aluminum catch pan liner!
Replace the catch pan liner. Remember, grease is flammable!

 

For Charcoal Models:

Clean out all ashes!
Empty all ashes and unburnt charcoal from the bowl and ash catcher before you grill. Your charcoal will burn easier, and no burning ash will end up outside the grill.     

 

These simple tips take only a few minutes, will keep you worry-free and give you lots more time to enjoy your guests! Visit these links on weber.com to see how easy they are to do!

Gas Models
Q Gas and Electric Models
Charcoal Models 

Remember to check grill brushes for loose bristles and excessive wear on a regular basis. Replace the brush if any loose bristles are found on cooking grates or on the brush. We recommend purchasing a new stainless steel grill brush at the beginning of every spring.


Have a great Labor Day weekend!!