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.

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What are your thoughts? (62)

03.19.17

Maria S

Hi Kevin
I am starting to get the grill ready for cooking and was wondering about cleaning my grates. They are pretty black (not shiny stainless steel color) and I have done the method you show on the video. Would you recommend power washing them?

03.19.17

Kevin Kolman

Maria,
I would not go that far power washing your grates. I would though soak them in warm or hot soapy water with a mild dish soap. The degreaser in the soap will help remove excess grease and smoke stains. Also you can use a mild scouring pad on them to help get them out of the box clean. Grate job getting ahead of the grilling season!! If you have any other questions you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter. Grill On!!

03.02.17

Nancy A

Thanks for the videos. Really helpful. I have both a Genesis gas grill (owned for about 8 years) and a Weber Smokey Mountain which I just purchased and have some questions. I try cleaning my Genesis after each grilling but maybe I did not let it dry out as the next time I opened it, it looked like it had mold and don't know what is the best way of getting rid of that. Any advice would be great. The flavorizers look rusty too and can't find out how I eould know when to replace them. On the WSM, I don't see the rotating thing you mentioned so I have been using a scoop to try to empty ashes but don't know if there is a better way. Look forward to hearing back.

03.02.17

Kevin Kolman

Hi Nancy! While it’s never fun to find mold in your grill, it’s not unheard of given the right environmental conditions, and it’s pretty easy to take care of. You’ll want to light your grill as you normally would, set the burners to high, close the lid and let the grill heat up for about 15 to 20 minutes. After that, shut off the grill and let it cool completely. Take out the grates, warming rack and Flavorizer bars and give the grates and rack a really good brushing with a stainless steel wire Weber grill brush. For the Flavorizer bars, the best tool to use is a plastic putty knife. Scrape them really well. Then, use that same putty knife to scrape the insides of the cookbox until you can’t get any more debris off of it. You’ll want to repeat the same procedure for the inside of the lid. Finally, give the burners a really good brushing with a clean, stainless steel wire Weber grill brush. If you’re still concerned about any residual mold, you can wash the grates and warming rack with a mild dish soap, but make sure to towel dry the parts. Don’t let them air dry. Your Genesis should be good to use again after performing those cleaning procedures. As far as when to replace your Flavorizer bars, we have a blog about that. You can read about it here: http://www.weber.com/weber-nation/blog/flavorizer-bars-replace-em-or-keep-em. As for your WSM, that rotating cleaning system (what we call the One-Touch Cleaning System) is only found on our charcoal kettles, not on our smokers. It sounds like you’re already doing what we’d have recommend by scooping out the ashes as needed. Let us know if you’ve got more questions and grill on!

01.01.17

Peter G

I have enjoyed grilling on my Genesis grill for about 16 years. I know how difficult it can be to remove baked on grease. However, I discovered that using a small razor blade to scrap the grease off the porcelain grill cover is a tremendous help. After removing the heavy baked on grease with the razor blade I simply sprayed it with Weber Grill clearer and wiped it down. With a little bit of effort my grill still looks like new. Happy grilling everyone!

09.20.16

Darrien F

The inside of my s330 lid is stained. I tried cleaning it with a blue scubber sponge but it didn't remove the stains. What else can I try?

09.19.16

Kevin Kolman

Darrien,
Most likely you have smoke stains on the inside of the lid. You can try using a mild dish detergent or Weber’s Grate Cleaner to help remove some of the discoloration. This has worked for me and in the past and the soap does cut through the grease and smoke stains. Hope this helps and if you have any other questions you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!

08.18.16

Anne T

I forgot to use a drip pan and when I turn the one touch lever to dispose of the ashes, it barely moves because of the grease! Do I have to take the bottom kettle off to clean the bottom kettle? And How do I clean under the one touch blades? HELP!

08.18.16

Kevin Kolman

Anne,
I would recommend using some warm soapy water and a mild dish soap. You can if you want take off the one touch system of the grill to give it a deep clean. The level can be taken off and then you can pull off the one touch. If you need instructions you can find those on Weber.com under the manuals option. Also, using the grill with charcoal in it will help burn off some of that residue making it easier for the bar to rotate. If you have any other questions you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s backyard and always Happy Grilling!!

08.09.16

Craig S

Kevin, I bought new grill grates and am looking to recycle the old ones. Do you have a suggestion on how to do it? I do not know what kind of grates (can I tell?). Please advise! Thanks!

08.09.16

Kevin Kolman

Craig,
Depends on the grill you have. I would have to see a picture. If you are on Facebook and or Twitter find me at Kevin Kolman’s backyard and send me a picture. I will let you know and you can go from there, Happy Grilling and Recycling!!

07.06.16

Carmine P

Purchased my first Weber Grill last month (Genesis S-330) and I just cannot get enough of it...grilling, searing, smoking...I'm addicted to a barbecue.

I have also become quite particular over the exterior and interior appearance. I have used the grill at least 4 times a week and have already hand cleaned the flavorizer bars, the heat shields and the grates 4 times!!

Here's my question...the grates still look fantastic with a little TLC, the flavorizer bars and the heat shield however have a film on them that I cannot seem to remove. I know I'll never be able to get them to look shiny and new again but I'm not sure if I'm doing everything I can to keep them as clean as possible.

Is this discoloration normal wear or am I not cleaning them properly

Keep up the good work, love this grill!!

07.05.16

Kevin Kolman

Carmine,
Welcome to the Weber family and very happy to hear you are using your grill the right way. Which is everyday!! When it comes to the flavorizer bars they will discolor due to use. The heat is what will cause some of that. Your cleaning really isn’t going to do any warm but it will not get them back to shinny new. I clean mine when I have build up on them and that’s about it. You have nothing to worry about and know I appreciate the fact you continue to clean and keep your Weber looking new. You are I am sure an inspiration to many! Thanks for the kind words and if you need anything else you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at kevin Kolman’s backyard and always Happy Grilling and Cleaning!!

06.08.16

Andree M

Please tell me how to clean my cast iron weber grills.

06.08.16

Kevin Kolman

The best way to clean your grates are to preheat the grill for 10-15 minutes and use a Weber stainless steel grill brush. Our brushes will not cause damage to the surface of your grates. You can also use Weber’s Grill Grate cleaner which also does a great job removing smoke stains and grease build up. Hope this helps and Happy Grilling!!

05.01.16

Joe B

So you say over and over again to use the stainless steel brushes on the Porcelain-enameled, cast-iron cooking grates, like on the E-330.

Is this brush considered a stainless steal brush? I http://store.weber.com/accessories/category/clean/grill-brushes/1546

I just feel like I would really tear up my grates using this and I'd have rusting like I did on my previous grill grates.

05.01.16

Kevin Kolman

Joe,
I appreciate the inquiry on the best approach to clean the grill. We test, retest and test again to make sure our products give the best results to our consumers. It is safe to use a Weber stainless steel brush on your grates because it will not cause any damage to them. I cannot speak for another brand on this just Weber. We look forward to hearing back from you and how well it works and always Happy Cleaning and Happy Grilling!!

04.22.16

Paul G

Hi Kevin- I have an E330 and after only two seasons my porcelain coated iron grates became rusted and chipped. I believe I was not cleaning them properly (when still hot)...I now have a new set and would like to care for them properly. Can you advise on the best way to keep these grates in good condition? Thx

04.22.16

Kevin Kolman

Hi Paul! Your grates came with a 5-year warranty so if you reach out to our customer service department at support@weberstephen.com, we'll be happy to take care of you. We recommend cleaning your cooking grates every time you use your grill. Simply preheat the grill on high for 15 minutes with the lid closed and then brush the grates clean with a Weber Stainless Steel Grill Brush. Thanks!

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