Now it's time to get under the grill. Using a pair of pliers unhook the burner assembly from the gas supply tubes. Disconnect the igniter wires and remove the burner. If you've been noticing that the flame from the burner has been uneven and inconsistent, then the tiny little burner holes that run all around the outside of the burner are probably clogged.
You can usually open these with a small pick or nail. This can be a time consuming and tedious task and you haven't even begun to clean the gas supply tubes or the outside of the burner. Replacing the burner may be the better choice. Burners range from $20.00-$40.00 at home centers.
So what's that you say? That funny red button doesn't "light your fire" anymore so you've been cheating with a match or lighter. WRONG! Not only is that dangerous but the igniter button is inexpensive, about $10.00, and easy to replace, just follow manufacturer's directions.
What do spiders have to do with grilling? Well they like to build webs inside the valves. They can be easily removed with a pick.
Now that you took everything apart you are now ready for prep and paint. Remove wood parts, sand them with 100 grit sand paper and stain with a water-base deck sealer. Scrape and sand inside and outside of grill body with a 220 grit sand paper. Cover areas you don't want to paint and spray with high-temperature-rated grill paint. When dry, simply reassemble in the opposite order you took the grill apart replacing any new parts along the way.
Before you light the grill you need to test for leaks. Coat all of the connections with a 50/50 soap to water mixture. Turn on the gas at the tank and look for bubbles. If you see any then you have leaks and you have to go back and check your connections. No bubbles... then go ahead FIRE 'ER UP!
By: Lisa Alexander
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