Fire Up Your Grilling Season

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It's grilling season! At Taylor’s, in addition to helping you pick out a grill, we carry a ton of accessories to get your grilling season started. It’s time to uncover your grill and get it ready for those sunny grilling days.

Check Out a New Grill

Before you haul out a grill that has a few seasons under its belt, consider getting a new grill from Taylor’s. Depending on the state of your old grill, it might be worth the additional cost to get the latest in premium grill equipment.

For portable options for picnicking and tailgating, we have kettle charcoal grills and Weber’s Q series grills. The kettle charcoal grills are perfect for that backyard smokehouse taste away from home, while the Q series gas and electric models are just right for going wherever you are.

For the homeowner with a backyard or patio space for a bigger gas grill, Weber offers three high-performance models; the Genesis II Series, with the latest in Weber technology for that perfect grill every time, the Spirit Series, the durable model for smaller patios and porches, and the versatile Summit Series, giving you an elite grilling experience.

If you want a grill that can do just about anything, Big Green Egg is the most advanced ceramic grill available. Not only is it a precise temperature grill, but it can be used as an oven, low heat charcoal smoker, and a high temperature searer. With this innovative kamado-style grill, you will never want to cook indoors again.

If you’re still on the fence about which grill best fits your life, or want to check out a new premium line of Napoleon Grills, check out your local Taylor’s Do It Center to find your perfect match.

Thoroughly Clean Your Grill

However, if your grill is working just fine, you’ll still want to show it some attention before the big grilling season. A thorough cleaning and some quick repairs at the beginning of the bbq season will extend the life of your grill and make for an easier time cleaning it between uses.

There are a few things you need to focus on when doing seasonal maintenance on your grill:

  • Cleaning off the grates
  • Cleaning up the inside
  • Wiping down the lid

It sounds like a lot of work, but we have some tips and tricks that will have you firing up the grill again in no time.

Cleaning the Grates

No one wants to throw a fresh piece of food onto a grate caked with months of built-up carbon and debris. For metal grates, take a stainless steel brush, and with a little bit of elbow grease, brush both the cooking and charcoal grates to remove the buildup from the surface.

For porcelain grates, use a soft bristle or nylon brush to avoid scraping or chipping the surface.

Then, to get that deep clean, remove the grates from the grill and place them in a large trash bag or container. Mix together 1:2 parts of vinegar and baking soda and pour the solution over the grates. Let everything sit overnight, and in the morning, rinse with water. For a quicker yet still effective clean, spray the grate with Weber Grate Barbeque Grill Cleaner, and scrub off.

Finally, wipe down the surface of the grates with a thin layer of vegetable oil to extend its life and prevent rust.

Clearing out the Grill’s Body

For both kettle style and gas burning grills, it’s essential to clear out the body of the grill to prevent buildup, which could lead to an uncontrolled flare up.

To begin, you need to remove all the old ashes and debris from the inside. If your grill has an ash catcher, remove and empty that. If not, scoop or dump out the contents into a garbage bag.

To remove the excess residue, spray the inside with oven cleaner and let it sit for a few minutes. In the meantime, mix dish soap and water, and wash the outside of the grill with a soft towel or rag. Finally, wipe off the softened grease with a rag, rinse the whole thing with water, and wipe dry.

Don’t Forget the Lid

The last part of your grill that needs attention is the lid. Some grill models have an attached hood, while others have a removable lid. Regardless of which kind you have, it is important to keep the lid clean to prevent buildup that could fall on to your food or cause an uncontrolled burn.

Create a solution of dish soap and water. Wipe down the inside of the lid with the soapy water, and scrub using a cloth or brush.

You could also spray the inside of the lid with specialized grill cleaner, let it sit, and then wipe it off with a damp towel. It’s important to use products on the lid that won't burn or are safe for food use.


With your grill looking and feeling brand new, it’s time to start with a celebration! At Taylor’s Do It Center, we can help you find the essentials you need to get to grilling for your family and friends. Make sure to stop by one of our multiple locations.