Asked on Sep 14, 2013

How to disinfect a propane gas grill?

Clyde S
by Clyde S

Roof rats built a nest in my Weber Summit grill. The rat problem has been handled. The grill works just fine now however I think that I had better disinfect it. Any ideas on how I to best clean the grill?

  8 answers
  • Catherine Smith Catherine Smith on Sep 14, 2013
    I would probably be the most concerned with the grates, since that's your food surface. My DH suggests using oven cleaner on the grate, rising them thoroughly and allow them to air dry. The base of the grill where the fire is going should pretty much sanitize itself. Just make sure you disconnect the propane.
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on Sep 15, 2013
    The heat of use will kill any "bugs". prior to a prolonged "pre-heat" rinsing the grate will remove any residual urine etc.
  • Gail Salminen Gail Salminen on Sep 16, 2013
    @Clyde S KMS is right - high heat will disinfect it. Set the grill to high and heat for about a half hour - any organisms will be killed.
  • Clyde S Clyde S on Sep 16, 2013
    Thank you all very much!
  • It is a myth that because grills employ heat and fire that they don't need to be disinfected. Don't rely on cooking to kill bacteria. The average grill was found to be twice as dirty as toilet seats:
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    • Brent Brent on Jun 27, 2017

      Go get toilet bowl cleaner to clean your grill or put the briquettes in your toilet since it's cleaner than the grill lol

  • Charcoal grills cook at higher temps than gas, actually and are better for searing:
  • Helen Helen on Jun 27, 2017

    Light it and close it and let it burn for a bit. Heat destroys all manner of things. Burning on the grates and then cleaning them should do the trick.

  • Todd Todd on Dec 12, 2017

    I just saw this forum. Founf a rat in the propane grill tonight., about an hour after cooking. Will turning the grill on sanitize the grill? I always preheat the grill for 10 minutes before cooking.