how to clean gas stove burner heads

How to Clean Gas Stove – Clogged Burner Heads & Holes | Grates | Pipes

Gas stoves are quite comfortable when it comes to the ease of cleaning and simplicity of cooking on it. In fact, they offer you complete control over the cooking and other needs you may have. However, when you compare them to the electric stoves, they tend to get dirty over time after prolonged usage. The cogged portholes and other issues can make cooking and heat distribution quite ineffective.

how to clean gas stove burner heads

Cleaning a gas stove is an art in itself. So, we thought of training you a bit in this art of cleaning your gas stoves effectively without using any major tools from your toolkit. Check out the tutorial carefully.

How to Clean the Burners on Your Gas Stove?

Burners form an important part of a gas stove. This is exactly the component that you get the flames to cook your meals. Before you move on, check out the instruction manuals that came with your gas stove for a better understanding.

Step 1

Remove the Burner Caps

Many burners come with a  removable ceramic disc that is used to disperse the flames. Lift the disc so that you will be able to remove the burner heads. Some of the gas stoves may not come with a disc. However, before you handle the burners, make sure they have cooled down.

Step 2

Remove Burner Heads

Below the caps, you should find the burner heads. The burners are placed on the venturi tube. Make sure you are lifting them up straight. If your stove comes with an auto-ignition system, you should take care not to damage them.

Step 3

Soak Parts in Soapy Water

Soak the burner heads and burner caps in a bowl filled with soap and water. It may be a good idea to opt for warm water. Soaking them for at least 20 to 30 minutes would be advisable. This will help you remove the debris.

Step 4

Clean Burner Heads with Scrub

Make sure you are using a non-abrasive scrub to clean the burner parts. Ensure you have removed all the food stains. You can use a combination of an old toothbrush and the scrub. If you find the debris inside the ports on your burner, you can use a paper clip or something similar to address the issue. Never exert too much pressure as you may damage the metal around the port holes. Do not use wooden items like a toothpick as it can further clog the burner port holes.

Step 5

Rinse Them Thoroughly

Shake the parts and components under running water. Shake them well to remove any excess water trapped inside the burner parts. Use a soft cloth to wipe the parts clean. It would be a good idea to let them air dry for a few minutes before assembling them back on the gas stove.

You can use the same option to clean the other removable parts like drip trays and grills (also referred to as Grates). You can use the same soak and scrub option to clean them up.

How to Clean Gas Stove Burner Heads & Grates with Vinegar / Baking Soda?

Using bleach and similar other artificial or harsh chemicals can be risky enough, and it can damage the normal functionality of the burners and your gas stove. You can use some natural cleaners like Baking Soda or Vinegar for the purpose.

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How to Clean Stove Grates & Burner Heads with Vinegar

Vinegar is an excellent option for cleaning your gas stove and burners. In fact, they can be an excellent option for the daily maintenance of your gas stove. Make sure that you are spraying the burners regularly.

Spray the vinegar and let it stay on the burners for a couple of minutes. Ideally, you should leave it on for around 15 to 20 minutes. Wipe it with a soft cloth. Ensure that you are cleaning it thoroughly.

Using vinegar for cleaning your gas stoves would be one of the best options for regular cleaning of your gas stoves, or the burners to be precise. Using vinegar can help you remove the grease in an effective manner.

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Using Baking Soda for Cleaning Gas Stove Burners & Grates

Make sure you wash all the burners with the lukewarm water and any good dishwashing detergent. This will help you remove the dirt deposited on the burners and burner parts. Now, make a thick paste using baking soda and water. Paste the mixture on all the burner parts and let it stay on them for around 20 to 30 minutes.

This will soften all the food debris and other dirt from the burner parts. Use a scrub to clean off the food residue. Rinse thoroughly under the running water. Once again, make sure you are not using any abrasive brush lest you may end up damaging the burner material and its normal functioning.

How to Clean Gas Stove Burner Holes?

If you find the burner on your gas stove is not lighting up even after trying to light it up several times, the major reason that can cause it would be that the pilot and the portholes are clogged. The following tips can be quite helpful in your attempt to clean up the portholes.

Step 1

Check out the burner port holes that do not light up. This will need a close examination. These are the small holes on the burner that the flames come out. These holes can get clogged with food debris of any kind.

Step 2

You can check the exact portholes that have been blocked if you can light up a part of the burner. Look closely to find the exact burners that are still clogged.

Step 3

Poke a longer pin or a needle into the portholes into the hole. Make sure that you are not using the pin or needle with heavy pressure. You may make the holes bigger. Avoid using the wooden items like a toothpick to clean the burner port holes.

Step 4

The portholes can be quite stubborn in many cases. You can remove the burner heads and submerge them in the soap cum water mixture. Once the debris has loosened a bit, you can use the above methods to clean the debris from the portholes.

How to Clean Clogged Gas Stove Burner Heads & Gartes Using Lemon Juice

If you do not have access to baking soda and vinegar, you can simply use lemon juice to clean the burners and the other parts of your gas stove.

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  • Place the grill grates in a zipper bag. Make sure they are covered completely.
  • Fill the bag with lemon juice. Make sure the entire gates are soaked in lemon juice.
  • Let them stay in juice in for about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Remove the grates from the bags and scrub them well enough. Make sure you are cleaning the corners effectively.
  • Rinse the grates with running water.

You can use the same method to clean the burners as well. Soak the dishrag into lemon juice and rub it on the burner completely. Let the juice soak on the burner for about 15 to 20 minutes. You can soak it for more time if you find the debris difficult to remove. Now, use a scrub brush to remove the stains and take care of the grease that may be baked down.

The Concluding Thoughts

Cooking is an art, as they say. But we would say, it extends beyond that. Cleaning your gas stove is yet another art. Whichever method you may use, you can use a regular maintenance schedule to take care that you do not need to spend time cleaning it frequently.

The natural methods we suggested should help you keep your grates, burners and the entire gas stove quite cleaner and effective.

Sandhya Sinha
Sandhya Sinha

A mom to 2 kids, <b>Sandhya</b> has been passionate about cooking and home decor since her early twenties. She loves spends more than enough time researching & then buying useful home & kitchen appliances and trying out new recipes.

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  1. Hi i have a gas stove but its an older stove so when we open gas put a light its burned but it makes alot of smokes it likes an parrifin stove and that smel that comes out there and makes the pots black around the sides how or what can i do to prevent it not to burn likes that

  2. Smoke would indicate a clogged burner under ideal circumstances. Check your burner for blocks caused due to food items and other debris. You can use a medium grain sandpaper to clean up the deposits inside the burner. The carbon particles inside the pipes can also cause the issue at times.
    We would suggest dismantling the burners and the pipes and giving them a cleanup session. Using mild cleaners on a cotton swab can ideally help you get the things done.
    In case you are not comfortable, you can refer it to the professionals who do it.

  3. I just want to change the burner head (nipples) but they are so stubborn I can not open them. Can you please suggest me the way out? My Gas burner is Ferre type

  4. Removing the burner heads when they are stubborn would need specialised tools. Never apply force. Using lemon juice or any other similar solution can remove the burner heads. If not, do not exert force s you may end up damaging it. It would be advisable to refer it to the professionals to remove them. Once you have removed them successfully, you can simply use any of the methods featured in the main article to clean them up.

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