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Cleaning your BBQ

On the shop floor a consistently asked question for us when it comes to BBQs Gas, Charcoal and Portable is “is it easy to clean?” and well of course our answer is “Simple” and it is just that simple we recommend you clean down after each and follow our 5 simple steps of our routine clean detailed below to keep on top of the cleanliness of your BBQ while after extended cooks we recommend you follow a deeper clean procedure and this is also detailed below.

Routine Clean

Keeping your BBQ clean is a matter of habit after each use.

You will need:

  • Grill brush
  • Drip trays

Now follow these 5 steps:

  1. Leave all burners on at full blast with the BBQ lid down
  2. After the 5-10 minutes switch off burners and lift the lid carefully(a blast of heat will come from the cookbox.)
  3. Food debris and grease will have burned off or will be reduced to ashes at this stage.
  4. Brush down grills with a grill brush until all debris is removed
  5. Check channel tray and catch pan for excess grease and food debris clean channel tray and change Drip Tray as required.

Deep Clean

From time to time depending on use the BBQ will require a deeper clean this is also a simple job.

You will need:

  • A rubber Trug or bucket half full with warm water and a washing up liquid
  • Grill brush
  • Cookbox Scraper
  • Weber Stainless Steel Cleaner or Weber Porcelain Enamel Cleaner
  • Drip trays

Now just follow these 7 steps:

  1. Before use and when the BBQ is cold take the some porcelain enamel cleaner spray and with a cloth wipe down the exterior of your BBQ to finish buff. (For stainless BBQ or parts use Weber Stainless Steel Cleaner)
  2. Now that the outside of the BBQ is clean the inside can be tackled start with the inside of the lid, you may notice a peeling of the inside of the lid don’t worry this is normal and is not paint it is built up grease deposit. Clean the inside of the cookbox with a scotchbrite sponge and warm soapy water and rinse with clean water and replace.
  3. Proceed to the grills use a light steel wool and warm soapy water to clean down grills and apply the same technique on the flavorizer bars and heat deflectors on Genesis and Summit Models.
  4. The edges of the cookbox may be caked with a grease use a Weber cookbox scraper to scrape away the grease push towards the channel tray while cleaning.
  5. To clean the burners take a grill brush and brush in the direction of the burner holes to unclog.
  6. You can now complete the clean by removing the channel tray. Scrape down the channel tray with cookbox scraper and wash with warm soapy water and a scotchbrite sponge to finish rinse with clean water and replace.
  7. Remove Drip Tray and Drip Tray holder and dispose of used catch pan and replace with new wipe down hold of any excess grease.

Storage tips:

For storage it is advised that your BBQ is covered when not in use with a suitable fitted cover to protect it from the elements

Prior to covering allow to cool fully

If storing away for extended periods take a cloth soaked in cooking oil and rub down clean cooking grates and Flavorizer bars this will help prevent surface rust on cast iron elements and and areas where enamel may be chipped.

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