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? (50)


Karen B

My Genesis is about 12 years old but since I only use it a couple of times a year, and since I keep it covered, and since I clean it after every use (who wants to leave it for weeks to perhaps draw pests), it's in very nice condition. However, I saw porcelain grates at Lowe's the other day and thought they would be easier to get cleaner than my stainless. Now I've discovered there are also cast iron porcelain, which I doubt I bought because I paid just $44.99 for mine. I haven't removed them from the box so would like to know if I should keep the stainless, keep the ones I bought, or try to find the right size of cast iron/porcelain!!

Thanks for your opinion


Kevin Kolman

I am very happy to hear you keep your Genesis clean!! You might be the first person I have heard who makes it a point to clean regularly. Personally, I don't think you will find grates easier to clean then stainless steel. I do like the porcelain and PECI cast iron grates too but find myself using the stainless more. They are all easy to clean with a stainless steel brush. I would keep the stainless steel and the ones you bought. No reason to exchange unless you really want the PECI. One thing I have found is PECI does cook food quicker because of how they retain heat. Keep the questions coming and if you need any last minute advice you can find us here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin's backyard and always Happy Grilling.


Nora N

I just bought new grates for my Q320. Like others here, my grates got very rusty in spots where the porcelain had come off. I ONLY used a Weber brush on the grates and cleaned them immediately after cooking or after preheating. I just bought a nylon brush and a brass brush, hoping that they will not damage the porcelain. I would like to keep this from happening again. Any advice?


Kevin Kolman

Congrats on the Weber Q3200!!! I have one that I use at least once a week. I recommend using a Weber stainless steel brush to keep the grates clean. I would definitely not use a brash or nylon brush because the grates will tear those brushes apart. Brass is a very soft metal and will not do a good job at all for cleaning the grates. What I would recommend is calling our Customer Service department and explaining your situation. They will be more than happy to help. The number is 800-446-1071. If you need anything else please let us know here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin Kolman’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


Rakesh C

I just go a weber genesis E-310 with porcelain enamel cast iron grill grates. Do we need to clean all the grill parts after every use? Also the grates should be clean with warm water or just can be scraped off with the brush and clean with water once in a while?


Kevin Kolman

Congrats on the new Weber Genesis E-310 and welcome to the Weber family!! I would not recommend cleaning each part after you grill. Keep the grill on high for 10-15 minutes before each cook will help burn off any of the excess residue from prior cookings. I would recommend though using a Weber stainless steel grill brush for the grates and the bars. The grates should be cleaned after every cook and the flavorizer bars once a month. I would preform a deep clean quarterly and yes, warm soapy water and mild detergent soap are good. Just make sure you dry the grates off completely. Hope this helps, congrats on the new Genesis, keep us posted here or find me on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!!


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.


edward m

Hi Kevin,

I have just purchased a spring green weber master touch and i love it so want to keep it in great shape, so i have some cleaning questions for you.

1. what can i use to clean inside the bowl as sometimes the residue left inside after cooking really sticks and i am scared what to clean it off with as don't want to scratch the bowl and take the color off.

2. Can i clean the charcoal grate and the blades on the one touch cleaning system ?


Ed Mitchell


Kevin Kolman

Congrats on the Master Touch!! I have one myself same color and its one of my favorites. To answer your questions:

I like to use the Weber Grate Cleaner. This does a great job cleaning out the bowl and the one touch system. If you are noticing a bigger build up you can always us a plastic paint scraper, warm soapy water, mild dish detergent and a mild scouring pad. This will keep your grill looking brand new!! Also a little glass cleaner on the outer lid and bowl will also help keep the shine. Hope this helps and if you need any more help you can find me here or on Facebook and Twitter at Kevin’s Backyard and always Happy Grilling!


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!!


Alan G

I have a Genesis 330 grill I purchased just about 2 years ago. A few days ago I cleaned the entire inside of the grill - removing the grates, flavorizor bars and the burners. I put everything back in reverse order without a hitch - or so I thought. I went to use the grill today for the first time since the cleaning and I think there is a problem. After turning on the propane tank I turned the far left burner on first (Like I always do) and heard a hissing noise. I turned the burner off and on again and heard the same noise. I checked the propane tank to make sure all was connected properly and it was. I detached and reattached the valve to the tank again and proceeded to turn on the grill and heard the noise again but this time I ignited the grill and lit but it was a very strong "ignite" and seemed stronger than usual. The remaining burners lit/functioned without incident. I am wondering If when I removed the burner and put it back I may have done something wrong.

Any help would be appreciated.

FYI, the burger I cooked came out great- but the flame seemed stronger than usual.



Kevin Kolman

Sounds like you did everything right. Maybe there was debris or water in the tube which caused the hissing? Not too sure about the strong ignite though. How is it working now? It could be working better now because of your cleaning. The food debris in the grill can cause the unit to not perform at its best. The burners do eventually have some scaling on them due to impurities in gas. The ports of the tubes can become smaller thus allowing less gas. That is a perfect example of why we need to make sure we keep our grills clean. Let me know if you need anything else. You can always find me 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.


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