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How to Fix Blocked Burners

To fix blocked burners on your gas grill, grab some gloves, a grill brush, a putty knife or scraper, a specialty brush, a bottle brush, or pipe cleaner, and a small paperclip, toothpick, or drill bit.

Make sure your grill is off, and disconnect the gas tank or natural gas line. Remove your grill grates and anything else that’s blocking access to your burners, like burner covers or ceramic briquette trays.

Once you have access to the burners, inspect them for any surface debris and remove them using your scraper or putty knife. Gently brush the burners with your grill brush, being careful not further to block any of the gas ports with debris.

Now, take a look at the holes in the burner tubes and look for clogs — these could be from grease, food debris, or even insect nests. Using your small brush, pipe cleaner, or a specialized cleaning brush, gently clear out each hole in the burner tube.

If the clog is proving harder to dislodge, grab your paperclip or drill bit and gently poke it out. Be extra careful here, as you don’t want to damage or expand the size of the burner holes.

Run your bottle brush or burner cleaning brush through the burner to push out any remaining dirt and debris, then give it a gentle shake to dislodge any stubborn bits.

Wipe your burners down with a damp cloth, take one more look for signs of damage or debris, then reinstall them and you should be good to go!

For more tips on cleaning out clogged burner tubes, check out our guides: The Complete Guide on How to Clean Gas Grill Burners and Burner Blockage? You May Have a Spider in Your Gas Grill


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