It's simple to clean our charcoal model grills using the instructions outlined below, and it will help keep your grill in good shape, cook better, and be safe to use.
The Lid: 'Peeling Paint'
Overtime, you might notice “paint-like” flakes on the inside of the lid.
During use, grease and smoke vapors slowly oxidize into carbon and deposit on the inside of your lid. Brush the carbonized grease from the inside of the lid with a stainless steel bristle grill brush. To minimize further build-up, the inside of the lid can be wiped with a paper towel after cooking while the grill is still warm (not hot).
For more info on this topic, check out our FAQ here.
The Bowl: Clean Out The Ashes
For proper air flow and better grilling, remove accumulated ashes and old charcoal from the bottom of the bowl, and the ash catcher before each use of the grill. Make sure that all of the charcoal is fully extinguished and the grill is cool before doing so.
Most of our charcoal models feature a One-Touch Cleaning System, which features a set of 3 blades attached to handle under the bowl. Moving the handle back and forth will push the ashes and coals into the ash catcher beneath the grill.
Using the cleaning system might not get everything though, and at least once a year (more often would be better), the inside of the bowl should be scraped out with a plastic/rubber scraping tool to clean off the the top of the cleaning system blades, and anywhere in the bowl that the blades can't reach.
If your model doesn't feature a One-Touch Cleaning System you'll need to rely solely on the plastic/rubber scraping tool as the means to clean the inside of the bowl, and should do so on a regular basis.
Outside: Lid and Bowl
Clean the porcelain-enameled and plastic surfaces on the outside of your grill with warm soapy water and a non-abrasive cloth.
If your grill is subject to a particularly harsh environment, you will want to clean the outside more often. Acid rain, chemicals, and salt water can cause surface rusting to appear. We recommend wiping down the outside of your grill with warm soapy water. Follow up with a rinse and thorough drying.
Things to Avoid
Do not use any of the following to clean your grill: abrasive stainless steel polishes or paints, cleaners that contain acid, mineral spirits or xylene, oven cleaner, abrasive cleansers (kitchen cleansers), and abrasive cleaning pads.