Flavorizer Bars – Replace ‘em Or Keep ‘em?

Flavorizer Bars – Replace ‘em Or Keep ‘em?

Back when the first Weber Genesis models were designed in the 1980s, one of the biggest innovations of their design was the invention of the Flavorizer Bar. Pretty much any gas grill made prior to our invention used lava rocks, which were a mess to clean and maintain, not to mention prone to flare ups.


Every Weber Spirit, Genesis and Summit gas grill made today use Flavorizer Bars to direct grease and drippings away from the burner tubes, which cuts down on flare ups tremendously.

An extra benefit of Flavorizer Bars is that they help add that “cooked on a grill” flavor to your food.  Drippings, marinades and juices from food being cooked fall down onto the hot Flavorizer Bars, and are vaporized and circulate back up to the food and add that great, extra flavor.

Due to the function that Flavorizer Bars serve in the grill, they probably take more punishment than any other part. They are subjected to all the heat from the burners below them, and all those drippings from the food above can get them rather greasy and messy. That’s why one of the most important things you can do for your Weber gas grill is to clean the Flavorizer Bars.




Brand new Flavorizer Bars will be shiny and clean, like the ones pictured above, but it won’t take many uses of the grill for them to take on a less attractive appearance. Shown below are the same Flavorizer Bars from the last picture, about a year later. They’ve developed a bit of surface corrosion, but all they need is some maintenance, and are actually in good condition to keep serving their function.



Many people often think that they need to replace their Flavorizer Bars when they develop some surface corrosion, but so long as they haven’t developed any holes or cracks in them they should work just fine. The Flavorizer Bars in the next photo are examples of ones that should be replaced.


So, if your Flavorizer Bars are in good condition, what’s the best way to clean them?

For my grill, I use two different tools. A grill brush and a plastic putty knife, but before you attempt to clean the Flavorizer Bars, it can be helpful to fire up the grill. Let the grill run on high, for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then let it cool down. This will burn most of the grease and residue on the Flavorizer Bars into ash, which will make it much easier to clean them.

Once the Flavorizer Bars have cooled down all the way, take out the cooking grates so you can access the Flavorizer Bars. If the Flavorizer Bars only have minimal build-up on them brushing them might be all that’s necessary. If they’ve gotten moderately dirty I prefer to pull each one out and give it a more thorough brushing, and will use the putty knife to scrap off anything that the brush can’t handle.

For really dirty Flavorizer Bars take the bars out of the grill, put them in the sink and clean them with some soapy water and an SOS pad. Make sure you don’t use any lemon-or citrus-based soaps. Rinse the Flavorizer Bars thoroughly and towel dry them. Don’t let them air dry, or they may form excessive rust prematurely. We also don’t recommend putting Flavorizer Bars in your dishwasher. The amount of debris they release could cause your drain to clog. Lastly, don’t use oven cleaners or put them in a self-cleaning oven.

How often you’ll need to clean the Flavorizer Bars in your grill depends entirely upon how often you use it, and what you cook.

During the summer months, when my grill sees action almost every day, I try to take them out and clean them about every 4th time I use the grill. You might be asking, why so often? Well I tend to use a lot of marinades and barbecue sauces when I cook, which means there’s a lot of stuff dripping down onto my Flavorizer Bars. By cleaning them as often as I do, not only am I prolonging their lifespan, but I have a better time grilling when they are nice and clean. If they are clean, the drippings will flow over them better, which means less chance for a flare up, which is always a plus.

Show your Flavorizer Bars some love by keeping them clean, and they’ll return the favor by keeping your grill running well for years to come.

 

What are your thoughts? (16)

12.27.16

Nicholas M

Can I use Lava rocks with my Q3200?

12.26.16

John Burns

Hi Nicolas! The unique design of the cooking grate on Q models, such as the 3200, will direct the dripping grease and juices away from the burner and into the grease management system. Putting lava rocks in the grill would not only prove unnecessary, but it will disrupt the proper flow of grease, which will promote grease fires. Additionally, using lava rocks in a Weber grill technically voids the warranty. You’ll want to stay away from lava rocks if you have a Weber grill! Thanks!

11.10.16

Carol D

I purchased my first Weber Spirt E-210 in June of this year. Unfortunately I lost my job soon after and had to move in with my son in North Carolina. I had to leave my precious grill with a close friend in Florida. My son's grill is in very bad shape with half the bottom rusted out. He served 5 years in the military and is now a Cain 9 officer with Pitt county. How come I never see discounts or coupons for your grills? I tried to enter him in your ugliest grill contest but your last one was in 2009. I loved my Weber Grill and plan to purchase one in the future.

11.10.16

John Burns

Hi Carol, I’m sorry to learn about the condition of your son’s grill! If it’s a Weber we might be able to help him get some replacement parts. We can be reached at 1-800-446-1071 or support@weberstephen.com. Having the serial number of the grill handy when contacting us is recommended. As far as discounts or coupons go, we don’t sell our grills direct, so any discounts, coupons or sales are at the discretion of our retail partners. Thanks! John


09.10.16

Joanna B

Hi, I just got new replacement flavorizer bars (previous ones rusted through and fell apart). I just put them on the grill, and started the grill. It started smoking a lot, and then one of the bars seems to catch fire. not sure if this is normal? Please let me know... thanks!

09.10.16

John Burns

Hi Joanna! It sounds like one of those bars had a bit more packing oil than is normal. Just preheat the grill as you normally would and the oil should all burn off and you’ll be good to go. Let us know if you have any other questions! John

08.20.16

Kelly B

Hi John, thanks for getting back to me I should have clarified that I took my flavorizer bars out of the grill & cleaned them in the sink, I did not use a cleaning product inside my grill. I also hand dried them.

In a comment below you said the flavorizer bars could be removed and washed in the sink, just make sure the product used does not contain citrus. Bar Keepers Friend does not have citrus. Its main ingredient is plant derived.

Because my bars haven't been cleaned in years they are a mess. All of the methods suggested have not worked (burning off, brushing, plastic putty knife, SOS pad with soap). Only Bar Keepers Friend worked (and with the least amount of effort). If I can't use this product which is made for stainless steel pots, pans, and surfaces, what else can I do to get my flavorizer bars cleaned?

BTW, I do not work for Bar Keepers Friend.

08.19.16

John Burns

Hi Kelly! The Bar Keepers friend may be fine to use, but you may wish to check with the manufacturer for their opinion on the matter. I can understand why you went that route given the trouble you were having with the more conventional methods. If you keep up with the Flavorizer bars you shouldn’t have quite such a difficult time going forward. Thanks! John

08.05.16

Kelly B

My stainless steel flavorizer bars are 4 years old and this is the first time they have been cleaned. The sos pad did a marginal job. I ended up using Bar Keepers Friend and the flavorizer bar looks almost brand new. Is it OK to use this product on my stainless steel flavorizer bars?

My grill is 15 years old (natural gas grill) & I am in the process of cleaning it following your video tips.

08.04.16

John Burns

Hi Kelly! We would advise against using any sorts of chemicals to clean the Flavorizer Bars, so before you use them again you may want to take them out of the grill and give them a good thorough rinse, and then dry them by hand. For standard cleaning of the bars you’ll just need to brush them or use a plastic scraper. Let us know if you have any other questions! John

07.04.16

Pierre M

Our flavorizer bars have turned yellowish. Any concerns if we keep using them?

07.04.16

John Burns

Hello Pierre! It’s not uncommon for Flavorizer Bars to take on some strange colors, and they should be perfectly fine to continue using. If they have any holes or cracks in them then you will want to replace them. Check out the link below for more information about when to replace your Flavorizer bars. Thanks! John

http://www.weber.com/weber-nation/blog/flavorizer-bars-replace-em-or-keep-em

07.04.16

jean m

Hi there,

I have a Genesis model (stainless steel) and need to change to flavorizers. Can you let me know which ones i require?

Thanks Jean Maityard

07.04.16

John Burns

Hi Jean! We have many different Flavorizer Bar options available depending on when your Genesis was made. To make sure we are getting you the right ones for your model, please reach out to Weber Customer Service at support@weberstephen.com or 1-800-446-1071. We’re open 7 am to 10 pm, CT, every day. Having your serial number available when you contact us is recommended. Click on this link to learn how to locate your serial number. www.weber.com/weber-nation/blog/where-is-my-serial-number - Thanks!

06.26.16

Christopher S

I have a Summit S-470 LP and wanted to get the Porcelain Enamel Flavorizer Bars but do not see them in the Accessories area for my grill, are they available? Chris

06.26.16

John Burns

Hi Christopher! As of now we only offer stainless steel Flavorizer bars for the Summit models. Thanks, John

06.21.16

Laura C

I have a Spirit 210, and the user manual says do not put the flavorizer bars and grates in the sink to clean them, but John says it is ok as long as you don't use a citrus detergent and dry them carefully. What's the bottom line? Thanks.

06.21.16

John Burns

Hi Laura! The key to cleaning the grates and flavorizer bars in the sink is to not let them air dry. We typically recommend avoiding getting the parts wet, but for cases where they are extremely dirty and normal cleaning procedures are not getting the job done washing them in a sink is ok, as long you avoid products containing citrus and that you hand dry the parts. Thanks!

10.20.15

meg w

What is the best way to clean heat deflectors in Weber Genesis?

10.20.15

John Burns

Hi Meg,

Thanks for your question! The heat deflectors are much like the Flavorizer Bars, in that their general appearance doesn’t matter nearly as much as their structural integrity, but it is important to keep them clean to avoid flare-ups. To clean them, I’d recommend a combination of two different tools depending on how dirty they are. For minor debris a stainless steel wire brush could do the job. For cases when the heat deflectors are really covered in grease and debris you’ll want to take them out and scrape them off with a plastic or rubber putty knife. I’d also recommend that any time you’re cleaning the heat deflectors you also inspect and clean the interior of the cookbox. The cleaner you keep the inside of your grill, the better results you’ll have when using it. Thanks! John Burns

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