BBQ Outdoor Grill Cleaning and Maintenance

Cleaning an Outdoor Grill

Barbecue grills simply offer cooking results that other methods can not duplicate. This is the reason that outdoor grilling has exploded in popularity. The main disadvantage for barbeque cooking is it can be messy, creating a great deal of grease splatter, smoke, and heat makes for difficult clean up. Also, most grills are left outside exposed to the elements. This article attempts to offer some simple cleaning tips to keep you BBQ looking and working its best for years to come.

There are some basic rules to cover first. Always turn the BBQ off, cutting the supply of gas, and wait for it to cool before cleaning. Aside from the obvious risk of burning, cleaning hot surfaces will reduce the cleaning effectiveness and may produce foul odors.

Never use oven cleansers, abrasive cleaners, cleaners that contain citrus products, or abrasive cleaning pads on exterior BBQ grill surfaces. These may damage the finish by scratching, staining, or otherwise discoloring. The best solution to use for cleaning barbeques is warm water and a mild detergent like liquid dishwasher soap. Also handy will be a soft brush and sponge for exterior surfaces and a stainless steel wire brush for cooking crates and other interior surfaces.

For outside surfaces:

Mix warm water with a mild soap and apply the mixture with a non-abrasive sponge or brush. Rinse with clean, cold water.

For cleaning grease catching drip pans:

Remove excess grease with a paper towel or other rag. Wash with warm soapy water and rinse.

For cleaning cooking grates, bars, briquettes:

Do not use soap on these surfaces, simply clean with a stainless steel bristle brush. If additional cleaning is required use mixture of warm water and mild soap with brush and thoroughly rinse.

Inside of BBQ grill lid:

This is perhaps the most frequently asked question. Build up of grease on the inside lid surface can appear to look like flaking paint. However, this is not paint. To keep lid clean wipe inside with a paper towel while hood is still warm to prevent grease build-up.

Cleaning stainless steel surfaces:

Do not use any abrasive materials including wire brushes on stainless steel surfaces as these can easily scratch the finish. Do wash stainless steel surfaces with a soft cloth and a solution of warm soapy water. When cleaning stainless steel, always scrub with the grain. Do not use cleaners that contain acid, xylene, or mineral spirits. Rinse extremely well following cleaning.

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Cleaning Clothes Dryer Venting – Simple Ways to Improve the Efficiency of your Dryer

Cleaning Clothes dryer Venting

Proper installation and maintenance is essential for home appliances including gas and electric clothes dryers. Following the following simple installation guidelines and recommend maintenance procedures will have a positive impact on performance, longevity, and energy efficiency.

General Installation Guidelines:

It is imperative that clothes dryers are installed correctly. Improper installation could harm the dryer and may void the manufacturer’s warranty.

Ensure the dryer is level. This will ensure that clothing inside the dryer is tumbling properly which is an essential part of drying clothing. Also, leveling a dryer will allow the clothing to make contact with the moisture sensor when using auto dry cycles.

Always use dryers in a heated location within your home. Using a dryer in an unheated part of the home can cause the dryer to condense or sweat especially in the cooler months.

Do not block the front of the dryer while in use. Dryers draw air at the door in the front of the unit and blocking airflow may adversely affect drying results and machine longevity.

Consult the instruction manual and installation instructions included with the appliance to be sure that proper ducting is installed. Recommendations to review include number of elbows in duct run, length of duct run, and materials to be used.

Venting from dryer to hard ductwork should be metal only. Plastic flexible duct is not recommended. Flexible metal is acceptable but semi-rigid metal venting is preferred. Semi-rigid ductwork allows for the best airflow which allows the dryer to rid itself of excess heat and humidity. Restricted airflow may cause heat and humidity build up in the drum causing the dryer to be hot to the touch, sweat, artificially increase drying times, and greater wear of clothing.

For best operation, use a high quality wall cap on the outside of the home four inches in diameter. Also, louvered grills are recommended to prevent entrance from outside air, debris, and animals.

Always make sure that you are using the proper heat setting for the clothing fabrics in the machine. This will ensure proper drying and the least amount of damage to clothing fibers.

Periodic Dryer maintenance:

Clean the filter before EVERY use. A clean filter provides better airflow, efficiency, and performance. Seriously neglected filters could pose a fire hazard.

Inspect and clean exhaust ducting at least once per year to prevent clogging or otherwise restricted air flow. Even a partially clogged duct can hinder performance and energy consumption.

Check outside wall cap for obstructions including excessive build up of lint. Make sure that the air flow is not being blocked by ice, snow, or brush.

Conclusion

– Today’s gas and electric dryers hold more clothing than ever, use less energy, and are extremely reliable. Following the about guidelines should ensure excellent drying results, greater product satisfaction, and greater longevity.

Steam Ovens Features and Benefits

Steam Oven

Steam cooking has long been employed to cook meat and vegetables in a healthy manner. Until recently this meant using a pot of water with a steamer on top or specialty equipment such as a pressure cooker. Now several manufacturers including Miele, Sharp, Thermador, and Gaggenau have introduced special ovens that let you cook almost anything with steam. Cooking food with steam allows for healthier food that retains its natural juiciness and flavor.

These new steam ovens come in two different configurations. Some manufacturers like Sharp produce a compact steam oven that is about the size of a microwave. These steam ovens can be placed on your countertop and require no permanent installation. The other type of steam oven is a true built in appliance that can take the place of a normal oven. These ovens are built into your cabinetry and can be used as your primary or are often combined with a traditional oven. These types of ovens are made by Miele, Thermador, and Gaggenau. Some manufacturers such as Gaggenau require that you hook the oven up to a dedicated water line while others use a removable water reservoir.

One of the benefits of cooking with steam is the ability to cook faster than a traditional oven. Often these steam ovens are built with a convection element that combines with the steam to cook faster while not compromising the quality. The convection element helps to circulate the steam and cook your food faster. Cooking with steam can cook food up to 5 times faster than a normal oven while doing so at a lower temperature. Steam Cooking also reduces the fat in the food you are cooking. Often, food that is cooked in a traditional requires the use of outside fat sources such as butter or oil to keep food moist. With steam cooking, no outside fat is needed as the food is injected with steam during the entire cooking process keeping the meat moist naturally. Cooking this way also helps preserve essential vitamins and nutrients that are often destroyed in the high heat of a normal oven. Perhaps the Steam Ovens greatest draw is the ability to keep baked goods and desserts moist. The steam oven thrives in cooking delicate desserts such as souffles mainly because of the quick cooking time and lack of intense direct heat. Many professional chefs swear by the results steam ovens produce in their restaurants. The only potential draw back of these ovens is that they can not brown food as effectively as a normal oven would. Often times chefs will grill or sear meats to get some color on them before finishing them in the steam oven.

Steam Ovens are becoming more and more popular every year. These steam ovens range from the affordable $1000 to the luxurious at $5000. With the public getting more health conscious steam ovens are here to stay. Now is a great time to enjoy all the benefits that cooking with steam can give you and your family.