Keeping Your Q In Perfect Shape

Keeping Your Q In Perfect Shape

Every time people come over, they are always commenting on how clean I keep my grills.  Some of my grills are over 6 years old and they all look and work like brand new.  The fact is, with a little TLC (some say tender loving care, I say  ‘timely light cleaning”), you can keep a Weber running smooth for years and years.

Today, I’m going to cover cleaning our Q series grills.  Let’s just say these are my “Q Tips” for you!  (I know, don’t quit your day job Mark).  All kidding aside, there are a few easy clean up and maintenance tips that you can do on your Q to keep your Q series grill working like a champ each and every time.  We grill on our Q a lot, so I maintain it often.  Depending on how much you use your grill will depend on how often you maintain it.

Grates
I know it goes without saying, but keeping your grates clean at all times is key to successful sear marks and wonderfully cooked food. 



I usually do a “burn off” as my Q is preheating.  I’ll have it on high for about 15 minutes until the temp gets to 500 to 600 degrees or so, and then open it up and brush the grates with a clean stainless steel brush. 



If you don’t replace your brush every season, you need to!  They are inexpensive, come in various sizes/shapes, and are absolutely the #1 accessory you should always have with you.

TIP – If your Weber brush shows any wear or the bristles looks clogged up in any way, it’s time to replace it.  How about our T-brush or detailing brush?

Burner Tube
Our Stainless Steel P-shaped burner tubes work flawlessly when cleaned of debris and can operate at full potential.  One of the things I like to do every month when the grill is completely cool, is remove the grate (or grates depending on what model you have), and take a second stainless steel brush that is never used on the grate, and brush the burner tubes up and down scraping off any leftover food particles that have fallen and potentially clogged the burner tubes. 



This takes less than 2 minutes and will make a huge difference in how even the flame is distributed throughout the burner tube.
TIP – Always use a separate, clean stainless steel brush to clean your burner tubes and always brush in the direction of the openings in the burner.

Cookbox (inside of grill)
What can happen over time is a build up of pieces of food that have fallen through the grate or excess drippings that can fall below and don’t make it directly into the drip pan. 



Right after I clean the burner tube, I like to take a plastic putty knife (they are cheap and can be found in any paint department), and chip away any debris that surrounds the inside of the grill and push everything into the opening down into the drip pan. 



It’s a quick simple way to ensure everything is removed out of the cookbox.



Drip Pan – Grease removal tray
Now that everything has been cleaned on the inside, I simply remove the tray that holds the drip/grease pan, and throw it out! 

I do not try to clean it out and save the pan.  Drip pans are inexpensive and can be replaced at any given notice.

TIP – Look underneath your grill often to see if your drip pan is filling up with grease.  When it looks as if it’s filling up, simply pull it out, throw it out, and replace it. 

I know, nobody ever likes cleaning the grill.  I get it.  But with these few easy maintenance tips, you will ensure top performance from your Weber Q and your food will always come out looking and tasting beautiful. ​Enjoy!


 

What are your thoughts? (26)

01.11.17

Jeffrey F

Great write up. I have build up of grill dirt around the periphery of the grates where it is hard to get with the cleaning brush, and once I even dislodged the hot preheated grates a bit because I was brushing side to side in order to get at the edges better. Any advice here, short of "don't grill too close to the grate edges"? Thank you!

01.11.17

Mark Fenne

Hi Jeffrey! You can try taking the grates out of the grill and scraping down the sides with a Weber stainless steel bristle brush. Just be sure the grate is completely cool before taking it out! Hope this helps. - Mark

11.14.16

Richard T

I have a Q-3200 that I absolutely love -best grill I've ever had (bought in March 2016). However, I cheated -sort of-, I purchased a floor display model at a local Big-Box because they had none left in stock and said they were discontinued. It did have the manual, and what appeared to be all of the parts, and I paid only 1/2 price(!) -super good bargain.
Unfortunately, It was missing three "major" parts -the tank support/bottom rack (which also serves as a spacer/fastener between the four legs), one if the two "wire braces" that keep the handles together on each side, and the cylinder screen. I don't need the screen because the unit is covered (Weber custom type) when not in use, but I would like to obtain a tank support/bottom rack, and one of the "wire braces". Are they available as "parts" -I can't find them on the website, but would like to "complete" a great grill! Two of my friends like it so much they have purchase the Q-3200 also -at list price. HELP

11.14.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Richard! The Q 3200 is still very much in production and you can order replacement parts by contacting us at support@weberstephen.com or 1-800-446-1071. Be sure to have the serial number on your grill and we'll be happy to get you the parts you need. Thanks and grill on!

08.03.16

Laura B

Hi,
can I wash my grates with water and a brillo pad even after I've done the usual 15 min burn and brush cleaning? Or will the brillo pad ruin the grates?

08.03.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Laura! You can wash the grates with soap and water but we don't recommend using a brillo pad. Thanks and grill on! - Mark

08.02.16

Riki C

I just inherited a Weber Q200 that looks like it hasn't been cleaned in a really long time. The grates have some combination of food and carbon on them. I've sprayed the grills with a grill cleaner and after scrubbing it with a new grill brush, quite a bit came off. I could get more off with the metal blade of the brush. If I use that metal blade, will it damage the porcelain enamel finish of the grates? How do I get that really baked on stuff off?

08.01.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Riki! Congratulations on your new-to-you Q! The best way to clean your grates is to preheat the grill on high for 10-15 minutes then scrape the grates clean with a Weber stainless steel brush. If that doesn't do the trick, you can always order replacement grates from us on our website, depending on which model and year your grill is from, or by contacting our customer service department at 1-800-446-1071. Thanks! Mark

07.31.16

Chris M

Hi All,
I have a Q series gas grill, one of the larger ones, the 2200 I think. My problem with it's use is that the gas doesn't seem to get to the far end of the burner(the side furthest away from the ignition and entry point for the gas). I have tried brushing but it doesn't seem to work. Do you have any suggestions? Is this something that the Q's burners are known for? Thanks in advance for any advice!
Chris

07.31.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Chris! Check out this video about how to clean your burner tube and see if that solves the problem. If not, it might be time to replace the burner tube. If you call our Customer Service department at 1-800-446-1071 with your serial number they'll be happy to take care of you! Thanks and grill on! - Mark http://www.weber.com/weber-nation/blog/properly-cleaning-your-burner-tubes

07.25.16

Justin M

My Q320 grates have rusted pretty bad. Unfortunately, I've just had to order more because you guys only had 2 year warranty on them and I'm at 2.5 years. But now the grills you sell come with a 5 year warranty. Guess I missed out on that one??

Anyway, I grill year round in the many different temps Michigan has to offer. I do the recommended pre-heat and clean with a Weber Stainless steel brush before I cook and it works fine in the area where I tend to cook my food the most. I cant help but wonder if the humidity and changes in temp are causing the rust on the non frequently used areas. Is there a preventative step you recommend to keep it from rusting (e.g.: condition the entire grates with oil after using?)

P.S. - Love the grill and how well it cooks the food evenly. Way better than others I've had in the past and well worth the money.

Thank you.

07.25.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Justin! We don't recommend oiling the grates but there are a couple things you can do to help prevent rust. You're already cleaning your grates, which is, well, great, so try making sure there isn't any moisture left on the grates from marinades or things like that and keep the grill covered between uses. I hope that helps! Thanks and grill on! - Mark

07.07.16

Matt F

My Q is rusting real bad on the right side more than the right how do you clean the rust off?

Thanks
Matt

07.06.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Matt! If you contact our customer service department they'll be happy to look into the problem for you. You can reach them at 1-800-446-1071 or support@weberstephen.com. Thanks!

07.02.16

steve j

Despite frequent cleaning with a plastic paint scraper and wire brush after preheating, my grates don't even look as good as your "before" photo. Also, part of the grate has developed a layer of rust. How do I get the thick, black buildup off?

07.02.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Steve! Can you please send a photo of your grates to our Customer Service department at support@weberstephen.com so we can take a look into this for you? Thanks!

05.29.16

Richard G

How to clean the outside top of my grill. I've only used it a few times and it is becoming discolored on the sides. Would like to know what product to clean it with. Soap and water not getting the job done.

05.29.16

Mark Fenne

Hi Richard! Check out these videos about cleaning your grill for more information about cleaning the exterior of your Q. I hope this helps! - Mark

http://www.weber.com/weber-nation/blog/weber-grill-cleaners

05.04.16

Alber G

Hi, I follow the cleaning steps as per Weber recommendation, but after a while I start to notice the left side and the middle left side of the grill Q3000 having more heat than the right side and the outside, inconsistent heat? what do you recommend?
Thanks

05.04.16

Mark Fenne

If you've followed the cleaning recommendations and you're still not getting even heat, I suggest contacting our Customer Service department and they can help you troubleshoot the problem. You can email them at support@weberstephen.com or call 1-800-446-1071 between 7-10 CT, 7 days a week. Thanks! - Mark

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