BBQing is a great way to spend time with friends and family all year round. And it’s important to take care of your BBQ to ensure it’s functioning safely at all times. If you follow these simple tips, your BBQ grill will be adequately looked after for a safe and successful BBQ season.
Keep your grill clean
Before using the grill, you should definitely check its condition. We recommend that you regularly clean your grill to not only keep it safe and hygienic, but also to prolong its life. Don’t allow grease and fat to build up as they can easily contribute to flare-ups while grilling.
Observe proper maintenance
Your grill should be serviced and maintained correctly to keep it safe for use. Check all the hoses and connections for blockages or other damages. Your gas cylinder should be inspected and tested every ten years to make sure it’s functioning as it should be and that it’s not out of date. Replace your gas cylinder if it is rusted, out of date or damaged in any other way.
Use the grill outside and away from any structures
Irrespective of the type of BBQ you own, a gas BBQ, charcoal BBQ or electric BBQ, the same rule applies for all of them: use them in open spaces only. They’re designed for outdoor use which means that they should be set up and used as far away from enclosed spaces as possible. When BBQing, we also suggest that you avoid proximity to combustible materials such as low-hanging branches, and decorations like hanging baskets and umbrellas.
Here at Gasmate, we recommend that you place the grill at least 600mm away from combustible materials on the rear and on the sides, and at least 1000mm away on top.
Also, as per safety regulations, a Gasmate grill should only be used in an above ground open-air situation with natural ventilation and without stagnant areas where gas leakage and combustion by-products can be rapidly dispersed.
Place the grill on even ground
It might sound obvious, but assembling the grill steady and stable on even ground is a critical element of safe BBQing. A flat, stable surface is your best option as you minimise the risk of it falling over.
Check the gas tank hose for leaks
Leaks are common and can be very dangerous. That’s why you should follow this simple, quick test which can help you to avoid a tragedy:
First, inspect the hose between the gas cylinder and the barbecue for signs of cracking. If the hose is cracked, you should replace it immediately.
Secondly, make a solution of soapy water and apply the solution to the hose connection using a brush or a spray bottle.
Finally, if bubbles appear, there is a gas leak. You should not use your barbecue. Instead, contact your supplier for assistance on how to get the damaged parts repaired or replaced. Leak test the connection to the cylinder every time you connect it or change cylinders.
Don’t leave the grill unattended
Fire is a naturally volatile element, and it can easily multiply in size and intensity very quickly. Make sure there’s always at least one responsible adult on grill duty.