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It's finally starting to get nice out here in New England and that means it's grilling weather! Unfortunately though, my parents don't understand that you need to clean out the grease buildup in your grill occasionally. After watching their gas grill erupt in an inferno of grease flames last night (I wish I had thought to take a picture, but I was more concerned with putting out the flames. I'll have to be quicker with my camera next time. I mean, YOLO, right?) I decided I would help them out and clean it for them.

So break out your cleaning supplies and a cold drink and let's get to work!
 
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Step 1: Supplies

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For this project you will need:

Degreaser of some sorts
A scraper
Wire brush
Hose
Shop Vac (optional)
A cloth
Cold drink (preferably Narragansett Lager for that summer in RI feeling)

Step 2: Disconnect Propane

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You'll want to begin by taking out the propane tank. You're going to be doing a little bit of scraping so might as well take the extra precaution. Make sure to turn the valve all the way off and then go ahead and turn the connector until it is disconnected.

Take a sip of your drink.

Step 3: Remove Grates and Burner Covers

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Lift out your grates and take out your burner covers (if your grill has them of course). Mine simply lift right out, so that was easy. 

Look at them and think about how nasty all that build up is. Take another sip of your drink and move onto the next step.

Step 4: Scrape and Suck

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Now you'll be able to reach all of the nasty, heavily accumulated stuff at the bottom of your grill. Go ahead and take your scraper and break everything free while also sucking everything up with your Shop Vac. If your grill went up in a blaze of glory like this one you'll probably have some burnt paint. Go ahead and scrape that stuff away too. Burnt paint doesn't taste all that great in your grilled chicken.

Take another sip of your drink and think about how nice it is today. Move onto the next step.

Great tips for getting it nice and clean. :D