Holland Grill - Grill Care

Holland Grills will help you cook fantastic meals for many years. Following Holland's cooking and grill care tips will help you get the most out of your Holland Grill. Browse below to review the tips.


Adjusting the air shutter
Proper air/gas mixture is important to make sure your Holland Grill is operating properly.

Although you probably will not have to perform this task very often, it is a good idea to know how to adjust the air shutter of your Holland Grill to make sure you're getting proper air/gas mixture.

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Correct air/gas mixture is necessary for proper operation of The Holland Grill. (Note: If your grill is a model with a spark igniter, you must first remove control panel in order to access the air shutter.) To adjust the air flow, first light the grill properly and then close the lid after you're sure the flame is lit. (Refer to owner's manual for proper lighting and gas safety procedures.) Do NOT put any food on the grill while adjusting the air flow. Next, loosen the locknut slightly with an open end wrench so you can turn the air shutter. Adjust the air shutter slowly. When most of the orange has left the flame, and it has become uniformly pale yellow-to blue, the flame is properly set. There should be no need to re-adjust the air mixture for the life of your grill, however, it is wise to check the flame color each time you light your grill. Use the peep hole located just above the control panel to observe the flame.

The flame should be blue in color, with slight yellow at the tips. Yellow-tipping is not unusual and will not affect the performance of the grill.

Too much air results in a "fluttering" sound and may cause your flame to blow out. Too little air-gas mixture will result in improper burning of the gas which can leave black soot on your food.
Check for bugs, spiders & other critters
Insects love to build their little homes inside grills. They'll get behind the controls, inside the burner and even inside the gas valve. These little critters can wreak havoc on your grill and it's up to you to evict them.

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From time to time, especially if you're in a rural area, you'll need to check your grill for cobwebs, spiders, wasps and other critters that may choose to live in your grill. A tiny spider or ant in the wrong place can prevent your grill from heating properly. Mud daubers love to build their nests inside the burner. They don't last too long there but their nest will stick around for quite a while.

Places to look are inside the control knobs and inside the burner. You may have to unscrew the gas valve and see if something is blocking the orifice. Lift the drip pan out of the grill once in a while and check for anything that has taken up residence.

The biggest thing you can do to keep insects from getting in your grill is to USE IT! A grill that sits around without being used is prime real estate for these guys. Performing these simple maintenance tasks will help keep your Holland Grill in good grilling shape
Clean inside the grill regularly
Although you should not have to spend a lot of time cleaning your Holland Grill, it is important for proper heating and safety to keep the inside of your grill clean.

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Cleanup of your Holland Grill is very simple...but also very important. As you cook on your grill, you'll notice that "black crunchy stuff" will build up on the drip pan. To ensure proper heating it is important to regularly clean the following three things inside your grill:
  • The cooking grid
  • The drip pan
  • The drain pipe

NOTE: THE GRILL WILL CLEAN EASIER WHEN IT IS WARM. USE A SMALL HAND TOWELL OR POT HOLDER TO GRASP THE COOKING GRID TO CLEAN IT. THE BEST TIME TO CLEAN THE GRILL IS RIGHT AFTER COOKING AFTER YOU REMOVE THE FOOD.

Clean the cooking grid: As you use your Holland Grill, you'll notice a build up of "black crunchy stuff" on the cooking grid. With a 3-inch putty knife scrape the cooking surface side-to-side, letting all the crunchies fall through the holes down into the drip pan. Use a steel brush on the cooking surface to remove build up that is trapped in the diamond-shaped holes. Grab one of the handles of the cooking grid and lift up on it so you can scrape the underside of the grid as well, again letting all the stuff fall down into the drip pan. Remove the cooking grid from the grill and set it aside. Holland's Cleaning Kit contains the scrapers and brush in a nice convenient package.

Clean the drip pan: With the cooking grid removed, use the 3-inch putty knife to scrape the crunchy stuff from the surface of the drip pan. Scrape it down towards the drain channel, until all the debris is accumulated in the channel. You don't have to scrape the drip pan down to it's shiny surface. Just scape enough to clear the buiild-up. Using a 1 1/2-inch putty knife, scrape out the drain channel and scoop out the black crunchy stuff, putting it in your bucket. It is important to keep the drain channel clear to give you maximum heating performance.

Clean the drain pipe: Finally, you will need to occasionally clear the drain pipe to make sure the drippings can run freely out into your drain bucket. One good idea is to buy a 1/4" steel rod (about 36 inches long from your local hardware store. This very inexpensive investment will give you a good tool to clear out your drain. Bend one end of the steel rod to shape a handle. Grasping the handle, run the steel rod down through the pipe drain to clear out any build-up.

After you finish these three easy tasks, use paper towells to wipe off any excess grease from the edges of the grill and smoke stacks. Replace the cooking grid and you're ready to go for the next great Holland Grill meal.
Cleaning out the burner
Sometime during the life of your grill you may find it necessary to clean out the burner. Although it takes moderate effort, it's not difficult. Don't be afraid -- you can do it!

All full-size Holland Grills use a single cast-iron burner, located in the very center of the bottom half of the grill. After a period of time, the burner may become obstructed with a rusty powder, cobwebs, etc. that can disrupt the proper air/gas mixture. With a little effort you can remove these obstructions and keep your Holland operating properly.

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It's not uncommon for "stuff" to build up in the burner of your grill over a period of time. This "stuff" can be a rusty powder as well as wafer-thin flakes. Don't panic!. It's a combination of rust and soot and easily removed. Too much of this build up will not allow the air and gas to mix properly, and will effect the performance of the grill. Some signs that it's time to clean out the burner are:
  • Grayish or black "sooty" appearance to the food
  • A "lazy" mostly yellow flame
  • Poor heating performance (in combination with above)
If you experience any of these symptoms, you will have to inspect and if necessary, clean out the burner. Removing the burner can be more time consuming, so first you can try the following steps:

CAUTION: TURN OFF AND DISCONNECT ANY GAS SUPPLY BEFORE WORKING ON YOUR GRILL. OBSERVE ALL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS WHEN WORKING WITH GAS. REFER TO YOUR OWNER'S MANUAL.

Using a shop-vac, "suck" out the debris from the front of the grill. You will first have to access the burner from the front control panel. Blowing out the burner with an air compressor may not work because there is a mesh screen inside the "bowl" of the burner. It will prevent larger debris from being blown out.

Vacuum loose debris from inside the bottom half of the grill. To gain access, first, unscrew the drain valve from the drain pipe. (If it's too tight, use a plumber's wrench) Remove the cooking grid and lift the drip pan up and out and set them aside. You will see a "steel plate" or flame deflector. This is positioned over the burner. It may appear rusty and flaky (only if your model does NOT have a stainless steel deflector). To clean, tap gently with a hammer and vacuum out the debris. Unless the legs have rusted off, this part is still very usable. The deflector is secured in place from the underside of the bottom of the grill by four bolts. If you determine that you have to access the inside of the burner you WILL need to remove the deflector plate. Use a 7/16" nut driver to remove the four bolts.

TIP: The bolts could be hard to remove because of being "heat-set" during use. Spray the threads of the bolts from the inside with a lubricant and turn the bolt heads a little at a time. I've also found that using a long extension to your socket driver helps you get more torque.

Remove the burner cap and shop-vac the debris. Remove the two screws and nuts that hold the burner cap in place. Remove the mesh screen and clean out any debris you find inside the burner bowl. IMPORTANT--Be sure to put the mesh screen back in before you put the burner cap back on. It's necessary for proper heating.

After you've cleaned out the loose debris, use a wide putty knife to scrape out any built-up grease. After years of use, splattering grease can build up in the bottom of the shell, making a flare-up possible if it not cleaned out.
Get your grill leveled
When placing your grill on your deck, make sure to level it from side-to-side and front-to-back

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Make sure your Holland Grill is level to ensure maximum heating performance.

Most decks are sloped for rain run-off. When you decide where you want to place your Holland Grill, take a few minutes to make sure it is sitting level. With the lid closed, place a small level on the top between the smoke stacks. Check it from side-to-side and again from front-to-back. If necessary, place a small shim under the legs or wheels to bring the grill into a level position. Taking just a few minutes to perform this important procedure will help your grill heat more evenly.



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