How do I routinely clean my grill?
The “Grill Interior”, “Check the Igniter”, and “Check for Leaks” sections apply to all grills; painted and stainless. Please refer to the “Cleaning Stainless Steel” section for the proper care of stainless steel grills and surfaces.
The Grill Interior:
- Pick a nice day and spread newspapers over your work area. Be sure the gas is off at both the control knobs and the LP tank or natural gas source.
- To clean your grill, you'll need to disassemble parts of it. If you've lost your assembly manual, keep good notes or take pictures on the order and placement of parts, because you're going to put it back together. You can always find your assembly manual in our Grill Support Center.
- Remove the grids and flame tamers/vaporizer bar. Disconnect the igniter wires and wrap them in aluminum foil for their protection. Now remove the burner.
- Mix detergent and warm water, or use a grill cleaner. Scour the interior of the grill top and bottom castings with a scrub brush. When the accumulation of smoke and grease is gone, rinse the pieces with water, then air dry. Now you can remove the foil from the ignition wires.
- Clean the inside and outside of the burner. This is necessary because spiders or other crawlies will nested in the gas tubes and created obstructions which could prevent proper gas flow. So: - Lay the burner down with the gas tube(s) face up. If you see cracks or holes (other than the port holes) in the burner tubes or seams, don't clean it - replace it. - If the burner passes visual inspection, you can knock off loose debris and clean it gently with a wire brush. - Force water through the gas tubes with a garden hose. Watch the port holes along the sides of the burner to be sure water comes through each hole. If it doesn't, open the clogged port with a wire or an awl. - Run a flexible brush into the gas tubes if you think it's necessary to remove webs.
- The cooking grids can be cleaned with hot soapy water as well. If your grid is excessively rusted or chipped, or has broken welds, replace it.
- When everything is dry, reassemble. Now aren't you glad you kept those notes on reassembly?
The Grill Exterior:
- Soap and water once again; don't use a grill cleaner because it could damage the paint.
- If your grill is suffering from white spots or corrosion, scrub them gently with a 50/50 solution of vinegar and water. A light coating of cooking oil evenly applied can actually restore the original color.
- If your grill looks beyond all hope, wash it, lightly sand it, and refinish it with heat resistant grill paint. Allow it to dry thoroughly before you fire up for your next barbecue.
Check The Igniter:
- Use a degreaser on the wire and electrode if covered in residue.
- Check for loose wires at the electrode and generator.
- Electrode tip position - Traditional/Quickset models - Tip gap should be 1/8”-1/4”. - Performance/Advantage models - Tip gap should be 1/8”-3/16”. - Replace battery on Electronic Ignition units if not used for extended periods or if weak spark exists.
Check For Leaks:
- Turn all gas grill control knobs to OFF.
- Be sure regulator is tightly connected to LP cylinder.
- Completely open LP cylinder valve by turning hand wheel counter clockwise. If you hear a continuous rushing sound, turn gas off immediately. There is a leak at a connection. Turn off tank valve and correct before proceeding.
- Brush soapy solution onto valves/regulator/tank/hose and connections.
- If growing bubbles appear, there is a leak. Close LP cylinder valve immediately and retighten connections. If leaks cannot be stopped, DO NOT try to repair - call for replacement parts.
After each use, let your grill cool and then wipe the grill with a soft, damp, soapy cloth and rinse with clean water. It is important to remove any food particles or marinade from the stainless steel surface of your grill. Most marinades are highly acidic and can damage stainless steel. DO NOT USE STEEL OR WIRE WOOL. Always rub or wipe in the direction of the grain or polish lines in the stainless steel surface, not across them. Do not let stainless steel cleaners come in contact with painted or plastic surfaces as damage may occur. To clean, polish, and protect your stainless steel grill on a weekly basis use Char-Broil® Stainless Steel Grill Cleaner. For quick, convenient cleaning, use Char-Broil® Stainless Steel Grill Wipes.
Stubborn Stains and Rust
Stubborn stains, discoloration and possibly rust and rust pitting can occur from cooking, exposure to harsh outdoor conditions, or extreme cooking temperatures. For stubborn rust stains and grease stains, you can restore your grill with the Char-Broil® Stainless Steel Restoration Kit.