Re: Appliance prep
Other than cleaning, I don't know that there's much you can do to prepare them. They're not made for "maintenance", so there's no lubricating or anything that can be done. If you're using your BBQ, that can definitely always use a good cleaning and replacement of any burnt or worn out parts. If that BBQ is gas, make sure your bottle is full and preferably have a back-up bottle so you're never stranded for gas at the least opportune time.
I suffer from CDO ... Its like OCD, but in alphabetical order, LIKE IT SHOULD BE!!!