Spring Grill Cleaning

Spring Grill Cleaning

As we move into Spring and Summer many of us are firing up our Weber grills almost every day of the week. And with all that action going on, it can be easy to forget some of the most important parts of grilling: cleaning and maintenance. Thus, in order to get your Weber charcoal and gas grills ready for great barbecues this season check out the videos below for Weber’s essential cleaning tips.


What are your thoughts? (45)


Gail G

I see some comments about the porcelain coated cast iron grates here. I also just got a Q1200. I am really hesitant to use a wire brush on them....wont that damage the porcelain? I tried using one on burner tube today because I saw one of the holes plugged up (kinda/sorta) and sure enough that wire brush scratches the metal wouldn't that damage things? I cleaned the grates by soaking them in dish soap and have scrubbed scrubbed scrubbed with a nylon scratch pad and my fingernails. The first time it looked like new....today no matter how much I've scrubbed I can't seem to get "all" of it off. What is truly the best way to care for these grates....I just can't let myself not clean them after use.


Kevin Kolman

Hi Gail!
The absolute best way to clean the grates is to use a Weber stainless steel grill brush. We have tested, retested and retested again to ensure our brushes will not scratch or damage your PECI grates. The best way to keep them clean is to preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes. This should burn off most of the excess debris, then use the brush. I have 7 Qs at home and this is my go-to method. Keep me posted and if you have any other questions you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Ralf L

Great video Kevin. Just bought a little Q1200 gas grill and having tons of fun with it. This little guy is proving superbly versatile and especially mobile! I had loads of questions around maintenance and cleaning, so thank you for this really helpful video. Greets from South Africa, Cape Town.


Tom W

We got our kettle for our wedding in '73. (As each couple got married, we went together on a $65 original kettle for each couple.). We used ours year around in Minn, Wa, Minn, Wa, Ca, Wa and Indiana until about '93 when we gave it away (still in great shape) to young married friends and got one of the original Genesis gas grills with the 3 knobs and in-laid wood on the left end. WE ARE STILL USING IT TODAY. Last year, I restored it as documented on the web. IT IS JUST LIKE NEW EXCEPT FOR ONE RUST SPOT ON THE BACK FRAME.

I have always cleaned it as noted in the original manual - put down heavy duty tin foil and leave it on high for 15 minutes. Let it cool 12 hours and brush the powdery ashes, out the bottom into a paper bag. Presto! Done!

To keep the grills clean, I learned last year to brush them with the wire brush RIGHT WHEN YOU TAKE THE FOOD OFF!! EASY and EFFECTIVE!!


Kevin Kolman

You are one lucky guy!! I cannot tell you how many people I have talked to through my travels that have the same story!! Thanks for sharing your amazing Weber story. Just like yourself, I have given a Weber or two away to friends and it is one of the best gifts you can give! Thanks for sharing the tips on cleaning and maintenance. Keep in touch either here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Francis G

Great video. Thanks for the advice. Can you give advice on how best to clean the cloth/vinyl cover for my Weber grill? It has gotten pretty dirty over the winter. We have that red, clay soil here in Tennessee, and that has made cleaning it difficult. Any ideas?


Kevin Kolman

Thanks for the kind words we appreciate them. The best way to clean the cover is use warm water and a mild dish detergent. Also I have used Weber’s Grate Cleaner on it, which has helped remove some coloring and debris. Keep us posted and if you need anything else please let us know. You can always find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Michael L

Called today about my porcelain covered cast iron grates on my Genesis 330. All of the porcelain has flaked off and the grates are rusted. Was grilled on how I clean them, I have washed them with soap and water yearly and also brush them with a Weber brush.
Sandy said the soap and water is why they rusted and flaked off , I disagreed with her.
She is sending new ones but I am not happy that I was basically blamed for them falling apart. Then I review your website and wow to my amazement I am cleaning them as specified.


Eugene A

Down here on the space coast it's grilling season all year long. There's no break in the action as there may be in the colder climates. So, my question is -- do we just take any point in time to clean the grill? What about doing just an occasional burn off of built up grease and debris?


Kevin Kolman

I think at least once a month everyone can do a basic cleaning to help keep their grills clean and well maintained. Let me know if you have any specific questions after watching the tips in the videos. If you need anything else you can find me here and on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Nancy G

Another reminder is to check to see if your parts are still under warranty. I use my Genesis all year round, and the grill grates were chipping. A quick call to Weber showed the grates were still under warranty, and they shipped me new ones, no hassle at all. Another reason I will always own a Weber.


Kevin Kolman

You bring up a very interesting point here. It is always a good idea to inspect your grill a couple of times a year. This will help in keeping it clean and also let you know if you any areas of concern. I absolutely love our warranties and the unbelievable people who work in our customer service department. Both are second to none. Keep up all the grate work and always Happy Grilling!!


Charlie B

Hi Kevin. I recently bought a used Genesis Silver B (the model with the center lid thermometer in blue enamel, circa 2005-6, I think). The grill was in good condition; everything including the electric ignition works great. I decided to take my time and really clean it up as well as possible before I get rid of my old grill, though. Anyway, I've cleaned almost all of the grill except the inside of the cookbox. I was just wondering if you had any advice or could point me towards directions for the easiest way to go about removing the burner assembly so I can really wash out the walls of the cookbox without damaging or getting water in the burner tubes. Thanks.

- Charlie


Kevin Kolman

Congrats on getting a Weber my friend. Sounds like you are having some fun cleaning up the Silver B. Hopefully you still have some energy left to finish the rest of the grill. I can appreciate you wanting to take the tubes out, I would probably not go that far. You can use the Weber Grill Gate cleaner. Spray on for 5-10 minutes and then clean. This does a great job without having to get overly crazy with cleaning. Hope this helps if you have any questions please let me know and you can also find me on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Martin S

How should I clean the cast iron grate on my genesis e330? Will using a stainless steel brush damage the porcelain ?


Kevin Kolman

A Weber stainless steel bristle brush is the perfect way to clean those grates. We test our brushes on every surface and found these brushes work the best. Don’t worry about the brush damaging the porcelain because it will not. Hope this helps and always Happy Grilling!!


Anthony H

Hi Kevin,

We just bought a Performer Premium grill with the gourmet barbecue system and have used it 5 times. We have had no problem cleaning the grates, but we haven't cleaned in the lid or the bowl of the grill.

What would be the best way to clean the lid and bowl? Would the Weber stainless steel brush scratch the porcelain? Would a spray on oven cleaner be better?

We want to keep it looking as good as the day it arrived.

Also, where can we find a jacket like yours?

Thank you for your help,
Scott and Debby


Kevin Kolman

Very nice and congrats on the new Performer Premium. I love that grill because it is loaded with BBQ features!!
For the outside of the bowl use a glass cleaner or Weber’s exterior cleaner. Both of these work really well. For the inside I would recommend warm soapy water and a mild scouring pad or the Weber Grate Cleaner. Either of these will do a grate job!! I would not use the brush on the outside of the grill because the best way to remove the grease and debris are with the cleaners.
If you are noticing a large amount of build up inside the grill then yes use the brush.

Keep us posted and if you have any other questions you can find me on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard. Not sure about the jacket because it was a was a custom coat.

Hope this helps, Happy New Year and Happy Grilling.