Mid-Summer Grill Maintenance Tips

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Summertime and outdoor grilling go hand in hand, and for any grill master, maintaining your equipment is essential to ensure optimal performance. With all the grilling happening during the summer months, mid-summer grill maintenance is important to keep your grill in top-notch condition ensuring delicious results for many summers to come.

Cleaning and Degreasing

Grilling often leads to the accumulation of grease and food residue on the cooking surfaces, which can affect the flavor of your food and even create a fire hazard. To avoid this, thoroughly clean your grates and interior of the grill. Use a grill cleaner and grill brush to remove stuck on grime and debris. After, be sure to coat your grill grates in a light coating of your preferred oil to restore their seasoning. If you are removing parts to clean them, be sure to follow the owner's manual for instructions on disassembling and cleaning each component properly.

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Deep Clean the Exterior

Maintaining the exterior of your Masterbuilt not only keeps it looking good, but it also helps prevent rust and corrosion. You can use a grill cleaner and soft sponge or cloth to wipe down the exterior surfaces. If you are cleaning your Masterbuilt Vertical smoker with a glass door, be sure to clean the glass. You can use a cloth with cleaner or a glass scraper to remove stuck on grime.

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Protecting from the Elements

Even though summer is a time for outdoor activities, it is important to protect your grill from harsh weather conditions. Consider investing in a Masterbuilt Cover to protect your grill from the elements. A high-quality cover will shield your grill from rain, sun, and dust, reducing the chances of rust and extending its lifespan.

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Regular Inspections

Beyond mid-summer grill maintenance, it is important to perform regular inspections throughout grilling season and the rest of the year. Keep an eye out for any signs of wear or other issues. Addressing these problems promptly can prevent further damage and ensure safe and enjoyable grilling experiences.

With proper maintenance, your Masterbuilt grill will continue to be a reliable and enjoyable companion for all your grilling adventures.