Thoroughly clean the cook box.
Before you retire your barbecue for the season, give the cook box a thorough cleaning. If you’re a year-round or heavy user, consider cleaning it a couple of times per year. Using a de-greaser spray and some muscle, scrub the cook box and heat tents. A long-handled venturi tube brush will be an invaluable tool to clean debris from burners. If you are taking the winter off from grilling, grates should be cleaned and stored inside, to protect them from moisture.