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It is time to get your gas barbecue grill ready for the summer. There are a few simple things to do to make it operate safely and efficiently. Take a coat hanger or other small stiff wire and insert it in each of the small holes in the burner. It is important that they are all open. Check the burner seams for any sign of corrosion and replace it if you find any bad spots. Do not try to repair the burner seams - just replace the burner.
Run a pipe cleaner or some flexible rod up into the the venturi tubes. Spiders often make nests in there and the nests will block the gas flow. Put a couple drops of a soapy solution on all the gas joints to make sure they are not leaky. Tighten them if they are leaky and try it again.