Regardless of what type of grill you have purchased, it is your investment for many years before you replace it with a new one. Obviously, a lot also depends on what materials it was made of and how it was built. If you want your grill to serve you for as long as possible, take good care of it, and you will certainly extend its lifespan.
The greatest problem that affects grills is rust. There are several methods that will help you protect your grill from rust, but none of them guarantees it, especially if you live close to bodies of water (swimming pool, river, seashore etc ). The best protection is frequent checkups, so that in the event of rust appearing you can react quickly and not ignore this fact until things get worse.
There are hundreds of different models on the market, and their prices vary from several dozen dollars to as much as several thousands ( the average for a good grill is several hundred dollars when it comes to gas or pellet grills ). That’s why since you have spend a lot of money on your grill you should learn how to take care of it to protect it from rust.
How to protect Grill from rust ?
Below you’ll find several tips on what to do and what not to do to properly protect the grill from corrosion.
How to protect Grill Grates from Rust ?
After each cooking, warm up the grill over 10-15 minutes in order to burn away the food remains, then wipe the grates with a brush.
Always remember to rinse, then very thoroughly dry the grates after cleaning. It is very important, as water is the main factor behind rust. Don’t leave wet grates outside to dry on their own, wipe them with paper towels to make sure they are dry.
When cleaning, use the right tools for the type of grates and try to do it with care. For example, you can’t clean porcelain grates using a steel brush with pointy tips. That way you will damage the porcelain coating which protects the grates from corrosion. When it comes to porcelain grates, the most reasonable choice is to use a nylon brush, which is gentle.
When cleaning, use gentle agents, avoid soaps that contain heavily corrosive substances.
If you keep your grill outside, you should definitely buy a cover in order to limit the influence of many external weather factors such as rain, snow etc.
If your grill is located not far from a body of salt water, it is another argument for definitely buying a cover.
Store the grates in a dry place, if you leave the grates outside you can be sure that sooner or later rust will appear on them.
If you notice rust on your grates, don’t ignore the problem and do something. If you put it away even for just a week, the thing will only get even worse.
How to remove rust from a grill or the grates ?
You will learn everything about it in how to clean a grill post, it is my guide in which I described everything about cleaning a grill and its elements. It contains several methods of cleaning a grill thoroughly, cleaning and maintaining grill grates, rust removal and many more.