How To Get Stainless Steel Cooking Grates Looking Brand New

How To Get Stainless Steel Cooking Grates Looking Brand New

Many Weber grills come with stainless steel cooking grates, and on a brand new grill they start out nice, shiny and beautiful. It’s not uncommon for them to lose this shiny appearance after as little as one use of the grill. Due to the high heat they are exposed to, and the properties of stainless steel, they may take on a yellowish cast. Some grates will turn darker colors, such as brown or black, as debris from cooking builds up on them.

Brushing the grates to keep them clean is recommended, but it’s very important to realize the grates will never look like they did before they were used. Not only that, some minor natural buildup on the grates can even be beneficial, as it helps prevent food from sticking to them so much. Super clean, shiny stainless steel grates can be prone to having food stick to them (which is why we recommend oiling the food).

It’s nice to have really pretty stainless steel cooking grates, but rather than worry about their appearance so much I like to prefer to focus more on grilling great food on them. The bottom line is that it’s ok to have not so pretty cooking grates as long as the food cooked on them is delicious, such as this Caribbean Jerked Hanger Steak that I cooked on my five year old stainless steel grates.

What are your thoughts? (5)

11.06.16

Ray F

I have the Genesis SP330 Natural Gas which does not get as hot as liquid propane Gas. However the 330 does come with the sear burner and 7mm stainless still cooking grates which work great as long as you keep them shiny clean. To keep the cooking grates looking and functioning like new I clean with every use using the triangular cleaning brush (short length) while the grill is hot, I use it flat and on end to get between the rods. To ensure great grill marks I periodically scrub the cooking grates clean using the Weber Heavy Duty Scrubbing pad and pad holder while the grill is cool. I do not use any cleaning solution as suggested; simply using the scrubbing pad with elbow grease results in a super shiny cooking surface. Don’t be afraid to work the pad on edge at times to clean each individual rod. The shiny surface ensures the best conduction of heat to the food, resulting in great grill marks.

11.06.16

John Burns

Hi Ray! Thanks for the great tips! We’re always interested in hearing from our fans about what works best for them. Thanks and grill on! John

11.06.16

Roxy V

I don't have stainless on my Weber either, but I have had stainless on other grills I've owned.
After barbecuing I always cleaned up by spraying cold water directly on them at high heat and brushing them with a wire brush. they cleaned up very nice for me all the time, no matter how ugly they got.
Rocco

11.06.16

John Burns

Hi Rocco! Spraying cold water on hot grill parts could potentially cause thermal shock damage, so we can’t really recommend the method you described, but we sure can’t hold it against you for doing something that works for you! Thanks! John

11.06.16

Michael J R

Yesterday's (or last week's) food residue, left on the grates, is today's secret and mystery ingredient that prompt your friends and family to ask........"What did you put in this xxxxx. It tastes great!"

08.21.16

Bob S

I am also pretty dissapointed in the 7mm cooking grates on the new Genesis. I will be looking for another solution to replace my grates. Any chance you will be making 9mm grates anytime soon? Otherwise, the grill is great!

Thanks

08.21.16

John Burns

Hi Bob! At this time 7 mm stainless steel cooking grates are the only option for the current Genesis series. I’ll pass along your desire for the 9 mm grates to our design teams. Let us know if you have more questions! John

07.07.16

Terry B

Very disappointed that the 9mm Stainless grates are not available for the Genesis SS330
Hope you reconsider this decision and again make them available soon.
I just replaced my 1998 Platinum 3200 Weber Grill and I had upgraded the grills on that unit but unfortunately they do NOT fit my new Genesis SS330 that I took delivery of today.
I also own a Weber Summit grill and it too has the 9mm grates. The grates are best for sustaining heat in the grill when I am grilling in the middle of winter at temperatures that reach -30 C
The grill surface size on the Genesis is larger than the Platinum....Can you tell me why the engineers decided to increase the size of the fire box?
Love my WEBER and even though the Canadian made Napoleon brand is cheaper - with more features- I had to stick to my WEBER. Cheers

Thank You

07.07.16

John Burns

Hi Terry! We will be sure to pass along the feedback concerning the lack of a 9 mm stainless steel grate option for the Genesis S-330! Around 2006 the Genesis series went through a redesign, and the overall size of the grill was increased. Please let me know if you have any other questions and grill on! Thanks, John

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