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Overview

Has your BBQ seen better days? Then it's time for a spruce up! Here's how to clean your barbie so it's as good as new again.

Steps

1Gather your tools and materials

Below are all of the tools and materials you'll need to complete this project.
Tools and materials needed to clean your BBQ

2Turn off the BBQ

Before you start cleaning, make sure you've twisted the nozzle on your gas bottle to the off position. Now is also a good time to give your BBQ the once-over to check there are no leaks or cracks in your gas hose. If there are, it's time to replace. If you're good to go, disconnect your bottle and set to one side.

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3Clean your drip tray

Remove your drip tray from beneath your BBQ and grab a metal BBQ scraper. Scrape away the fat and place in one of your aluminium drip trays. Once you've done this, use some BBQ wipes to remove excess grease and fat.

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4Scrub your hotplates

It's now time to attack those hotplates! The first thing you need to do is to fill some large buckets or a trough with hot, soapy water. Scrape away excess fat and grease with your scraper, then lift your grills off the BBQ and place them in your tubs – make sure you wash both sides so that you get any fat that may have dripped through (a metal scourer works best). Leave to soak while you go to the next step and place your drip tray in too if it's still a bit dirty.

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5Wash the BBQ

Before you pop those grills and hotplates back on, get deep inside your BBQ and give it a really good scrubbing. BBQ wipes are a relatively new invention – and an absolute lifesaver – but a word of warning: you're going to need a lot of them if your BBQ is in need of some serious TLC. Save money and give it a good going-over with hot soapy water first.

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6Line your drip tray

Now your drip tray is sparkling, line it with aluminium foil and sprinkle some Fat-sorb on. This stuff looks like kitty litter but is actually designed to absorb fat, making your tray easier to clean in the future. It also minimises flare-ups and eliminates odours – genius! You'll also only need to change it every 10 or so times you use your BBQ.

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7Apply oil to the hotplates

Now your hotplates are nice and clean, dry them off with paper towel and give them a good spray with cooking oil to leave a light coating – this will prevent rusting down the track. Pop them back on and you're good to go! 

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8You're ready to grill!

Now you've got no excuses not to test-drive your beautifully clean BBQ!

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.