There are die-hard grillers who don't see why a little cold or sleet should stand between them and a juicy grilled steak. The rest of us in colder climes throw a cover over our grills for the winter and wheel them into a garage or storage spot, wheeling them out months later as the mercury climbs back up.

None of us, however, can assume that last year's grill is ready to roll as soon as we fire it up.

What to do to get your grill ready for service again:

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