Weber grills are built to last, but like any piece of equipment they need routine maintenance in order to perform optimally. Follow the simple care guidelines below to ensure the best performance and longest life possible out of your Weber grill.
Grill Care for Every Time You Grill
Before each use, use tongs and a paper towel soaked in cooking oil to lightly coat grill grates. This provides grates with a protective coating and helps to keep foods from sticking to grates.
For charcoal grills, remove cold ashes from the kettle after each use.
After each use, turn the grill to high to burn off food residue, then follow by brushing grates with a high quality brass wire grill brush. Clean any grease drippings on the outside of the grill with soapy water and a sponge. Leaving grease drippings on the outside of your grill can damage the paint and other surfaces.
Note that cast iron grates require different care procedures. Cast iron grill grates need to be seasoned frequently to avoid rust. To season cast iron grill grates, coat each grate with a solid vegetable shortening, then place over indirect heat for 1 1/2 hours. Do not use the burn off method after cooking with cast iron grill grates. Using the burn off method after grilling can cause cast iron grates to rust. Instead, do a burn off every time prior to cooking.
Routine Maintenance for Gas Grills
Use warm soapy water and a sponge or dishcloth to remove smoke and grease buildup from the lid and side burner cover of the grill. Smoke and grease buildup resembles flaking paint, however for safety Weber grills are not painted on the inside.
Remove the bottom tray and drip pan from the grill and clean using warm soapy water. If needed, these parts can be soaked in a soapy water solution to help remove heavy debris.
Clean the Flavorizer bars with a brass wire grill brush. If needed, remove the Flavorizer bars from the grill and clean using warm soapy. Rinse soap residue from Flavorizer bars with water before placing back in the grill.
Wash burners and cooking box with warm soapy water.
Wash the outside surface of the grill with warm soapy water. Rinse soap residue from grill with water after washing.
If needed, use a wet dry vacuum to remove any debris left in your grill from cleaning.
Never use abrasive or harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaning pads or citrus products to clean your Weber grill.
Routine Maintenance for Charcoal Grills
Use a grass wire grill brush to remove smoke buildup from the inside of the kettle. Smoke and grease buildup resembles flaking paint. If needed, wash the inside of the kettle using warm soapy water.
Wash the outside surface of the kettle with warm soapy water. Rinse soap residue from grill with water after washing.