You just installed an outdoor barbeque on your patio, and you want to amaze your guests at your next party. But are you ready to handle this new equipment? A sudden flare-up from the grill or burnt food resulting from an inability to control the flame can be enough to make your party a disaster. Not knowing how to handle the grill can invite accidents. Most grills come with a user manual, and you should start by reading it thoroughly. In the meantime, here are the potential risks related to a propane gas grill, especially when it is not installed or handled correctly, as well as some tips.
Lighting the Grill:
Before lighting the grill, you should take a close look at the hose. If it is torn or cut, you should replace it before operating the grill. To avoid trapping gas fumes, which can result in ignition, always open the lid completely. Keep the knobs in the off position when not in use.
Some possible problems with gas grills include the following:
1. No flame: This indicates that the gas is shut off, an obstruction is in the opening of the vent or there is a leak in the gas train.
2. Low flame: There could be a low gas train or obstruction in the gas pipe or vents.
3. High flame: This can be due to a split in the burner or a defective or large orifice.
4 Wrapped/bubbled lower casting: The presence of a burnt burner eliminating excessive flame in one area melts casting. This may happen when a burner is left unattended for a long time.
5.Flames from the control panel: There may be an insect nest or spider web inside the vent.
Burner Fails to Ignite:
Wait a few minutes to see if the light turns on or not and try to light it again. Try to ignite it using handheld or manual ignitor. If the gas burner still fails to ignite, check the gas supply, the battery of the module and if both are well connected.
The venturi or gas tubes may become blocked by a spider web or insect nest, which can cause flashbacks, obstructing the gas flow. The propane gas grill may occasionally ignite, but gas may try to vent out from the shutter. This will cause a flashback and can damage the grill.
There should be fine mesh brass screening around the burner venturis to prevent this problem. You should not remove the screens while cleaning the burners. Also, to prevent such insect nest buildup in gas vents, you should regularly deep clean your grill.
Cooking fatty foods on the grill can cause flare-ups. The grease and oil drips down the surface of the grill and can catch fire. That is why you should always have control over oil while cooking or when brushing the food with butter or oil.
Tips for Taking Care of the Grill:
- Before you use the grill for the first time, turn the burners on and off high heat. This will burn the oil present on the surface.
- Preheating or overheating for a long time is not a good idea. This will cause premature wear of the components and can damage the grill if left unattended.
- After cooling the propane gas grill, use a nylon or other suitable scrubber or brush to clean it. This will remove all residues, oil and grease.
- After cooking, you can clean the grill using a brass brush. If there are excessive residues on the grids, put them in a plastic bag with a cup of ammonia and let sit in the sun.
- Always cover the grill when it is not in use.