How does BBQ Rat Sound?

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 @ 09:11 AM
Lee Phillips

Bad, very bad. One thing we can all overlook is what a wonderful home our barbecues can be for rodents, especially those who pack up the BBQ for the winter, not being used and with residues of cooked food; it’s a magnet for those little furry scavengers.

So what can we do? The first thing is to give the BBQ a really good final clean before putting it up for storage, there are a few ways, but the most effective is a really good deep clean with heat, lots of heat, you can buy BBQ cleaners from chemical to scrub brushes and they all do a good job, however we personally never use chemicals to clean the inside of the barbecue other than a little washing up liquid, and with any grease removed on the outside, a little baby oil does the perfect job of restoring and protecting hoods and panels especially Stainless Steel.

Now for the inside, do this first then take care of the outside. With a good sturdy un-treated wire rack, like a cooling rack or similar, wrap it in foil and place it on top of you BBQ grills, then light the barbecue and leave the hood down for between 10 and 15 minutes, the grill will smoke, then when clean the smoke will disappear, once burning free from smoke lift the lid and with longs remove the foil covered rack, the idea of this is to keep heat on the grills and burner bars, with such high temperatures any food residue is turned to nothing but ash, a quick wipe over with a grill brush will remove the ash and leave the cooking surfaces clean and sanitized. (Please in all cases check with the BBQ manufacturer before using this technique with cast-iron cooking grills, this tip is primarily used with Stainless Steel cooking grills)

With the grills and flavour bars clean, you can now continue to wipe down the rest of the BBQ. Once the whole thing is clean, you can put it up for storage, there are a few tips on deterring rodents, one that has the most popular results is using cotton balls soaked in peppermint and placing a few in the grill and cabinet, personally we have never used this but have had many customers comment how they do it and don’t find any evidence of visitors, so for what it costs and the time it takes, we think it’s worth a go.

Now one final tip would be to block off any entry points, especially if the BBQ is to be left outside during the winter, also use a good cover, this will protect the outside from the elements but also make it more difficult for little pests to get in.

One final point is that gas barbecues come with basically two cooking mediums, lava rock or flavour bars, I would remove the lava rocks completely from the grill and store them in a container in the shed or sealed box inside the barbecue cabinet, these may still have a residue of food smells that may attract pests. With flavour bars, if they cleaned well you can leave them in place, or as I like to, remove them along with the actual cooking grills and store them separately in the shed or home, cast-iron grills require more care, so removing them and coating with some grape oil and storing them in the shed will not only provide better protection, but also should any rodents get in the BBQ they will not get to the cooking grills.

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