Leak Testing, Care and Maintenance

Leak Testing

Leak test annually, and whenever the gas bottle is removed or replaced.

Leak test a barbecueAlways perform a leak test in a well-ventilated area.

Step 1 – Confirm all control knobs are in the off position.
Step 2 – Turn the gas on / open the gas control valve on the gas bottle or regulator.
Step 3 – Check for leaks by brushing a solution of ½ water and ½ liquid detergent / soap over all the gas system joints, including gas bottle valve connections, hose connections, and regulator connections.
Step 4 – NEVER USE AN OPEN FLAME to test for leaks at any time.
Step 5 – If bubbles form over any of the joints there is a leak

  • Turn off the gas supply at the gas bottle
  • Retighten all joints
  • Repeat test
  • If bubbles form again do not use the barbecue and contact your local distributor for assistance.

Always wipe the mixed solution (½ water and ½ liquid detergent / soap) from all joints and connections after leak testing.

Care and Maintenance

Regularly clean your barbecue between uses and especially after extended periods of storage. Ensure the barbecue and its components are sufficiently cool before cleaning. Do not leave the barbecue exposed to outside weather conditions or stored in damp, moist areas.

  • Never handle hot parts with unprotected hands.
  • Never douse the barbecue with water when its surfaces are hot.

Hunter CoverIn order to extend the life and maintain the condition of your barbecue, we strongly recommend that the unit be covered when left outside for any length of time, especially during the winter months. Heavy-duty Outback® barbecue covers and other accessories are available from your local Outback® stockist.

Even when your barbecue is covered for its protection, it must be inspected on a regular basis as damp or condensation can form which may result in damage to the barbecue. It may be necessary to dry the barbecue and the inside of the cover. It is possible for mould to grow on any fat remaining on parts of the barbecue. This should be cleaned off smooth surfaces with hot soapy water.

Any rust that is found that does not come into contact with the food should be treated with a rust inhibitor and painted with barbecue paint or a heat resistant paint.

Phoenix cooking surface1. Cooking Surfaces & Warming Rack

When the barbecue has cooled, clean with hot soapy water. To remove any food residue, use a mild cream cleaner on a non-abrasive pad.  Do not use scouring pads or powders as they can permanently damage the finish. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. Due to the weight of the cooking surfaces, we do not recommend cleaning in a dishwasher.

Stainless steel burner2. Burner

Provided that they are operating correctly, in normal usage, burning off the residue after cooking will keep the burners clean.

The burners should be removed and cleaned annually, or whenever heavy build-up is found, to ensure that there are no signs of blockage (debris, insects) in either the burner portholes or the primary air inlet of the burners. Use a pipe cleaner to clear obstructions.

When refitting the burners, be careful to check that the neck of the burner fits over the valve outlet.

It is quite normal for surface rust to be present on the burners. If rust appears between uses or in storage, clean with a soft brass wire brush.

Porcelain enamelled flame tamers3. Flame Tamer (where supplied)

Remove any food residue from the flame tamer surface with a plastic or wooden scraper or brass wire brush. Do not use a steel scraper or wire brush. Clean with hot soapy water and rinse well.

Lava rock in basket4. Lava Rock (where supplied)

It is not necessary to remove and wash the lava rock in order to keep it clean. Burning off the residue for 3 to 5 minutes after each cooking session should be sufficient. Heavily impregnated lava rock should be turned over so that the dirty side faces the burners in order to burn off any residue. Replacement lava rock is available from your local Outback® stockist.

Drip tray5. Drip Tray (and drip cup)

After every use, empty and clean the drip tray (and foil liner, if applicable) of any fat or food particles, using a plastic or wooden scraper if necessary.

Failure to keep it clean, and excessive build up can result in a fat fire. This can be hazardous and severely damage the barbecue. This is not a fault in the barbecue and is therefore not covered by the terms of the warranty. If required, the tray can be washed in hot soapy water.

Barbecue body6. Barbecue Body

Regularly remove excess grease or fat from the barbecue body using a cloth wrung out in hot soapy water and dry thoroughly. Excess fat and food debris can be removed from inside the body using a soft plastic or wooden scraper. It is not necessary to remove all the grease from the body. If you need to clean fully, use hot soapy water and a cloth, or nylon-bristled brush only. Do not use abrasives. Remove cooking surfaces and burners before full cleaning. Do not immerse the gas controls or manifold in water. Check burner operation after carefully refitting into body.

A stainless steel cleaner may be used on stainless steel parts if required.

Jupiter hood open7. Barbecue Hood or Lid

Use a non-abrasive cloth or pad and clean with hot, soapy water. Do not use scouring pads or powders as they can permanently damage the finish.

Trooper side shelf8. Trolley (Trooper/Hunter/Spectrum)

Wipe with a cloth wrung out in hot soapy water and dry.

The wood used in the manufacture of your barbecue will naturally weather and change its appearance. It is quite natural for small cracks to appear on the surface of the wood. Do not expose to direct sunlight or rain. The wood should be regularly inspected to maintain its like new condition. As soon as any signs of wear appear, the wooden surfaces should be sanded and re-coated promptly with a garden furniture varnish, sealant or paint, following the instructions on the sealant, varnish or paint on how to apply the coat.

Tightening screws9. Fixings

All screws and bolts, etc. should be checked and tightened on a regular basis.

Omega Cover10. Storage

Ensure the barbecue is properly cooled before covering or storing. Store your barbecue in a cool dry place.

Cover the burners with aluminium foil in order to prevent insects or other debris from collecting in burner holes.

If the barbecue is to be stored indoors, the gas bottle must be disconnected and left outside. The gas bottle should always be stored outside, in a dry, well-ventilated area, away from any sources of heat or ignition. Do not let children tamper with the bottle.

When using the barbecue after extended periods of storage follow the cleaning procedures.