Gas Cooker Cleaning

Updated February 21, 2017

Gas cookers, which typically consist of one or two gas-fuelled burners (like a gas stove range without the oven), are extremely convenient for outdoor cooking and camping. Like any hob, gas cookers can quickly become soiled. Regularly clean your gas cooker to ensure its appearance and proper functioning. Give your gas cooker a light cleaning after each use and a thorough cleaning at the end of the season.

Turn the valve on the gas tank clockwise to turn off the gas supply. Unscrew the nut that affixes the tank to the cooker and remove the tank.

Using paper towels, pick up any loose particles in the dripping pans.

Using a scrubbing sponge and a solution of warm water and dish soap, scour and clean the burner covers and dripping pans. Rinse with fresh water. If your cooker has a cover, clean it the same way, but use the soft side of the sponge to avoid scratching the coating.

Wipe down the control knobs with the soft side of the sponge and warm, soapy water. Do not use abrasive scrubbers or harsh cleaners, because this can deteriorate the markings on the knobs. Polish and dry the knobs with a dry, soft cloth.

Clean the burners using a small, soft-bristle scrub brush and warm, soapy water. Use a metal wire to get any gunk out of the crevices or burner holes. Do not use a plastic or wooden implement, because they can break off inside the burner holes. Rinse the burners with fresh water when finished. Allow the burners to fully dry before using the cooker.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Scrubbing sponge
  • Small scrub brush
  • Wire
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Mason Howard is an artist and writer in Minneapolis. Howard's work has been published in the "Creative Quarterly Journal of Art & Design" and "New American Paintings." He has also written for art exhibition catalogs and publications. Howard's recent writing includes covering popular culture, home improvement, cooking, health and fitness. He received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Minnesota.