Follow these tips to ensure longevity of your grill. While many of them may seem obvious, simple things like learning to not over fuel your grill, and good cleaning practices will greatly extend its useful life.
How To Light Your Wood Burning Grill
Step 1 Make sure the grill is located on a solid surface, set away from shrubbery, grass, and overhangs. Step 2 Roll the grate up to it’s highest adjustment. Step 3 Place a few pieces of crumbled newspaper / small pieces of cardboard in the center of the fire bucket. Step 4 Place a small amount of kindling on-top of newspaper/cardboard (pine wood chunks/splintered pieces of hardwood make great kindling). Step 5 Light the kindling using matches or a extended neck lighter. Step 6 Once kindle is lit add 2-3 split hardwood logs. Step 7 After 15-20 minutes, add one log at a time until desired cooking temperature is reached.
Do not load up your grill with lots of wood and light it. Over-fueling can result in large, uncontrollable fires, causing warping and paint chipping. Our grills are not bon-fire pits. Excessive fires will void our warranty.
Season Your Grill Grates
Light your grill, following steps 1-7, above.
Once the fire has burned down to desired cooking temperature, lower the grate to desired cooking height. One of the most common mistakes is to lower the grate into a hot fire before it’s had a chance to cool down to a good cooking temperature. This serves no purpose, and will only warp your cooking grate like a taco.
“Dad’s 5 Second Rule”: If you can hold your hand over the grate for 5 seconds it is the right temperature for cooking. Using tongs or similar utensil, grease the grates and grate frames using fat trimmings, a potato half dipped in cooking oil, or cooking spray. This will provide a non-stick grilling surface. Re-season as needed prior to use.
Cleaning and Care
For stainless and steel grate options: After cooking, brush grates while still warm to remove food remnants/debris. For steel grates: Think of your steel grate like a cast iron skillet. Grease serves as a protectant and is not meant to be scrubbed off after each use. Leaving some of the grease will help preserve steel grates and keep them from rusting. The next time you light up your grill, brush the grates and re season as needed. DO NOT clean stainless grates with a steel brush. This will cause stainless grates to rust.
Clean out steel fireboxes after each use once the ash has cooled. If a firebox full of ash fills up with water, it will turn acidic and will eat through your firebox over time.
Wipe your firebox clean from debris and grease prior to covering for extended periods especially during winter months. Bacteria mildew and mold feed on food debris left in the firebox, and covering creates a perfect environment for growth. Oven Off or similar degreaser can be used to wipe away grease prior to storage. If mildew does develop we recommend lighting a fire in your grill and walking away. Once ash is cool continue with ash cleanout and then degreaser.
Store electric rotisserie motors and components indoors when not in use.
We recommend protecting grills from the elements when not in use. Storage lids are helpful. Vinyl grill covers are readily available at Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart, OSH, Amazon, etc.