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? (20)

08.25.13

Craig L

I have a Black Genesis E-310 that is 2 years old. My flavorizer bars and cast iron grates are starting to rust a bit. At what point is it time to replace them?

Thanks,
Craig

04.30.13

Daniel B

Greetings Kevin,


I purchased a Weber Genesis Special Edition (black housing, stainless cooking grates, warming rack, flavorizers) last year and always keep it covered with the Weber grill cover designed for the Genesis.


What is the recommended frequency for cleaning the Flavorizer bars and interior? I have stainless and I cleaned them every few months (use grill on average 4-6 x a month), but it looks as if 4 of the 5 have all darkened and are starting to rust.


For the interior lid and main housing, what recommendation do you have if the carbon isn't coming off with plastic putty knife and washing with soap and water?


Lastly, for the stainless cooking grates, the top comes clean using normal recommended cleaning of 15-20 min on high and using stainless Weber T Brush, but the underside is not coming clean as easily. Any recommendations?

04.29.13

Kevin Kolman

Hi DBO333,

Congratulations on the Genesis Special Edition. Without a doubt, that is one of my favorite grills. You are on the right track with cleaning your Flavorizer bars every couple of months. I would recommend using the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner on the bars with a mild scouring pad. This should help with removing some of the surface rust.

For the inside of the lid, I would recommend using the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner as well. Spray it on and let it sit for one to two minutes. This will take off all of the corrosion you are noticing on some hard to clean areas. Be sure to use a mild scouring pad when doing this, and of course, make sure the lid are grill are completely cool to the touch.

For cleaning on the underside of the grill, I would also recommend the Weber Grate Grill Cleaner. Again, spray this on and let it sit for one to two minutes, then using the scouring pad to remove any debris. Spray on again, then wipe with a clean paper towel. This will get everything looking brand new in no time.

If you have any other questions, please let me know.

Happy cleaning!
-Kevin

04.15.13

Larry A

Thanks for the reply Kevin. I was just concerned about using stainless steel brushes as I was told they could ruin the finish on the porcelain enameled cast iron grates.
Larry

04.13.13

Larry A

Kevin,
I have a Weber Genesis with cast iron grates (I believe they are porcelain coated). Can I clean them with a stainless steel grill brush or can I only use a brass brush?
Thanks
Larry

04.13.13

Kevin Kolman

Hi Larryaless1,

Thanks for the question. The absolute best way to clean your grates is to preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes. After this, use a Weber stainless steel bristle brush. I would not recommend the brass because it will not do a very good job of cleaning the grates. We have tested the stainless steel bristle brushes and have found they remove debris and keep the grates cleaner than any other brush. I hope this helps.

Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

02.02.13

patsy M

Kevin,
I have a baby Weber Q and did not clean the cast iron grill this past fall. Can I clean it in my self cleaning oven to remove the hard grease?
MCL

02.02.13

Kevin Kolman

Hello MCL,


Please do not put your grates in the oven. The best way to clean your grates is to preheat your grill for 10-15 minutes before brushing them with a stainless steel bristle brush. This will clean off any excess debris that may have been left on your grill from prior cooking.


Happy Grilling!
- Kevin

11.25.12

Hub K

Hi Kevin,
I have Genisis Silver (about 20 years old). The black paint on the outside of fire box is flaking off. Can I clean it and spray with black rustoleum, or is that just a waste of time?
Hub in Del Mar, CA

11.25.12

Kevin Kolman

Hello Hub,
Interesting question. Is the area you are noticing peeling inside the lid, or down near the Flavorizer bars? Happy Holidays!


Happy Grilling!
-Kevin

10.08.12

Rick S

Hi Kevin,


I was told to clean my porcelain coated, cast-iron grates only when they are cool. I'm getting my third replacement set under warranty since they keep rusting. I used to clean them hot but was advised to brush them when cold using a brass brush. That did not help with the rust issue (I live in Hawaii). I am going to switch to stainless steel grates when my warranty expires. What can I do to extend the life of these porcelain grates?

10.07.12

Kevin Kolman

Hello Rstark,

Wow, sounds like you are having a little grill adventure. The absolute best way to clean any Weber cooking grates is to pre-heat the grill for 10-15 minutes. After the pre-heating process is over, you should then use a Weber stainless steel grill brush to clean off any excess debris. Please follow these instructions to help with the issue you are having. If you have any other questions lets us know. Mahalo and Happy Grilling!!!

-Kevin

07.04.12

Brent H

You say in the video not to use foil on the big catch pan. Why? Does it somehow change the heating patterns in the grill or create hot/cool spots? Just wondering...

07.03.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Bhaydamack: Great question. We do not recommend using foil because it could cause performance issues. It can cause the grease and food debris to not channel down correctly to the disposable drip pans. It's more of a performance and safety issue. Great question and always Happy Grilling!! -Kevin

06.25.12

Brian D

I just got a new Genesis grill to replace a 4 year old Spirit. I would like to keep this one running for a long time. Could I clean the inside of the grill box (not the grates) with a chemical oven cleaning once in a while or is that a bad idea? Soapy water doesn't seem to get all of the grease off.

06.25.12

Kevin Kolman

Hi Brian:
First, congrats on your new Genesis! Although 4 years is not long, I cannot be upset with upgrading to the new Genesis. It's one of my favorite grills.
I would not recommend using any type of over cleaner inside your gas grill. The best method is to keep the grill on high for 15-20 minutes. This should help burn off any excess debris turning it to white ash. I know using soap and water can be difficult but if done periodically will make your job much, much easier. Stay away from the harsh cleaners and simply remember to preheat your grill- scraping away any food debris with a Weber stainless steel grilling brush. This will keep the grill running for a long, long, long, time. If you have any other questions please let me know. Congrats again on the new Genesis and Happy Grilling!!-Kevin

06.22.12

kenneth c

Liberated a Genesis 8133 that somebody was throwing out. Upon first inspection it appears that the ONLY thing wrong with it is that the flavorizer bars need to be replaced. My main question is in regards to the warming racks. Is it really necessary to replace them if they no longer have the plated finish or can they be cleaned and treated like the grates where you simply heat them up and brush them off.