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Old 08-08-2013, 10:22 PM   #1
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Spiders and flash fires in gas grills

The Safety & Care Manual for my new grill says that spiders and insects might build nests inside the burners and this is the main cause of flash fires. It says to check every time before igniting the grill.

That sounds like overkill to me. Maybe they should be checked once in a while.

How do you guys deal with this possibility? Have any of you ever found spider or insect nests inside the grill burners or tubes?

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Old 08-08-2013, 10:24 PM   #2
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Old 08-08-2013, 10:27 PM   #3
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If you use it daily, you should be fine. Even weekly.

I think it's more for the once a year users.
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Old 08-08-2013, 11:02 PM   #4
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Never had a problem.
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Never had a problem.
Do you ever check for them? I know you use your grill rather regularly, so I suspect they don't have time to build much of a nest before you use it again.
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Do you ever check for them? I know you use your grill rather regularly, so I suspect they don't have time to build much of a nest before you use it again.
No, I never check. My older grill had screening to block access by the little critters. I'm guessing my current grill does as well.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:59 AM   #7
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Interesting. I never heard that the nests could cause a flash fire. I thought they would just stop the gas from getting through, in which case you would stop trying to light the grill, turn the burner off and investigate.
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never had an issue, but I can't think of a better way to take care of the problem, then lighting the grill....
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I love how the earwigs come pouring of the bottom when I light mine. Very appetizing....
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I don't check for spiders, but if I haven't used the grill in a while, I open it carefully--paper wasps like to build inside.
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