If you think the summer has been hot for you, how about your gas grill?

At this time of year your gas grill needs a little tlc to keep producing at a high level.  Here are a few things you can do:

-Keep it clean.  The cooking grids can be easily cleaned by covering them with a layer of aluminum foil and heating the grill on high for 10 to 15 minutes. The baked on food will turn to a fine white powder which can be easily brushed away.  A wire brush on a regular basis will also do a good job.

-Inspect cast iron grates for rusting.  Re-place if necessary.

-Check the burners for clogging.  You can often remove whatever is clogging a burner with a pipe cleaner.

-Keep your briquettes, rocks, or coals clean of food and grease.  A buildup may lead to a fire.

-Keep your grill covered to protect it from the elements.  You can purchase generic grill covers in a variety of shapes at your local hardware store.

-Check the hoses for cracks and holes, and make sure there are no kinks or bends in the hosing.

-Don’t use too much vinegar in your potato salad.

There you go.  When do we eat?