Repairing Your Bar-B-Que

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A reader wrote in asking, “How to repair her Bar-B-Que.” Be sure the grill is cool and gas is off when working on it.

Removing the grate:

I’ve seen sites telling people to use tongs. I disagree. With the grill cold, lift it out carefully while wearing rubber gloves. You can use tongs to lift one end (if needed) to get a hold of it. Replace if needed.

Remove heat plates and coal:

Take them out and place on a piece of newspaper. Replace as needed.

Remove burner assembly:

This is where it starts to differ. Most burner assemblies gently lift out, however I have seen some that are secured in by a screw. If there is a screw, be gentle unscrewing it. The combination of heat and carbon will make them fragile. If any signs of pitting or wear, replace the burner assembly.

Igniter:

If the igniter is not visible, you can check it using a handheld mirror. If you see a spark, it is good. If not, try cleaning it with a little sandpaper before replacing it.

Note:

Should any of the above parts need to be replaced, new parts are installed by reversing the removal process.

Painting your grill:

If your grill needs to be painted, first clean it thoroughly using a good degreaser.

Only use high temperature enamel barbecue paint.

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