Self-Storage Tips: How To Store Your Grill Safely

Posted on: 24 February 2015

The season is changing, and it is time to put your favorite grill away. It may seem like an easy task, but you may put your grill in danger of rust and other dangers if you do not store it correctly. The following tips will help you store your grill correctly so that your grill will be in good condition when you take it out of your self storage unit.

Clean Your Grill

The first thing you need to do before you put your grill away is clean your grill. Grease, food particles and odors may attract a pest infestation to your storage unit. You should first turn your grill on, and let any food materials burn off; this could take approximately 15-20 minutes and will also make the next step easier.

You can now use a safe commercial cleaner for your grill, or you can use the natural solution below:

  • 1 cup of warm water
  • 5 tablespoons of baking soda

Baking soda will be helpful for two reasons. For one, baking soda is mildly abrasive, which helps lift bacteria, grime and dirt from your grill. The other reason is because of baking soda's natural pH value. Most odors come from bacterial residue that happens to have a negative pH value. And baking soda helps to neutralize these odors.

All you have to do is stir the baking soda in the water, and wash your grill with a clean cloth. Allow your grill and pieces to completely dry. After you are done with that you can move on to the next step.

Spray & Wrap Metal Parts

Now you can take the parts off your grill that may rust and spray them with cooking spray. Then wrap them using a plastic tarp (or pieces of a tarp) to keep them from rusting and to keep insects away that may leave acidic substances on your grill pieces. Now you should consider the following precautionary measures.

Take a Few Security Measures

Consider the following points:

  • Be sure to turn the gas off from the LP tank, and make sure all gas lines are disconnected. You can find out how to do this in your owner's manual if needed.
  • Empty out the gas tank before storing it, and wrap it in a storage bag. Make sure your unit will not get any sunlight, as you do not want your gas tank to be exposed to heat. 

Now you can safely store your grill away until you need it. Be sure to talk to your storage specialist if you have any other questions. They can offer great tips to make sure you maximize your space.

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