well as spring comes every year so does the time for outdoor maintence on your outdoor cookers. theres rust knocking on the door to every steel cooker. buildup dirt and grease. a lil cleaning and parts replacement can make them last for decades instead of a few years. this gas grill is 12 years old and i was gonna replace it this year. after looking at the cheap made grills available under $200 i decided again on a fresh rebuild. i removed all the lava rock rusted out burner and grates. cleaned with goo gone grill cleaner. mine is easy to clean and later ill show why. i always line my bottom with heavy duty foil. it keeps it clean and when i go to clean out bottom every thing comes out with the removel of the foil. i line it tight and push foil through holes. replaced the burner with a stainless steel burner and new lava rock. old drip cover was rusted out so a 3/16th" angle iron replaced that and should last years. a once over with the pressure washer and a new coat of BBQ paint. the old BBQ pro looks new again. total cost was under $40. and i still have my cast aluminum grill instead of the thin stamped steel flimsy china made models i looked at. 12 years and still cooking. i have replaced the burner 4-5 times now and a piece of angle iron that holds gas tank i replaced a few years ago from rust. this brinkman horizontal was on a trailer for junk 5 years ago. wood was gone and rust had overtaken it. some terex scraps stainless bolts and paint and it matches my grill. still cookin and rescued from smoker heven. the burner replacement took about 1 hr. about the time to assemble a new cheap one. so remember. a little tlc and your cookers will last for years and years to come.