While a Weber grill is known for durability because it is made of good quality materials, it will practically last you a lifetime if you know how to take care of its vital parts and save you a lot of money in the process in terms of cost of replacement parts. The most important part of your grill is the grill grate, which sits on top of the heat source and where you place your food for grilling. Without it, you cannot grill anything. Here are some tips on how to take care of your Weber grill grate:
Care of Porcelain Cooking Grates
A porcelain coated stainless steel grate is preferred by some outdoor chefs because of its ability to cook food evenly. These are generally more expensive than other types of grates and the porcelain can chip off after vigorous washing. Observe extra care in cleaning this type of grate. After your grilling is done, turn your Weber grill to high for about five minutes to burn off food particles and marinade that are stuck on the grill. Then, using a wire brush that is particularly specified for use on delicate porcelain parts, clean off the food particles and marinade which have already been reduced to ashes. This special brush, which will not scratch the porcelain coating, is available at your nearest Weber grill dealer.
Care of Stainless Steel Grates
The most common and popular choice of grate is the stainless steel type because it’s fairly easy to clean. While discoloration is pretty common for this type of grate because of the heat generated in the grill, the strength of the material or the quality of your cooking will remain unaffected. However, typical grilling recipes like sauces and well as food particles can damage the grate if not removed. That is why after each use, allow your Weber grill to cool down then rinse it down with water and a nylon scrubbing pad. It’s important that you don’t use steel wool, scouring pads or wire brush. When not in use, keep your stainless steel grates from the elements with a well-fitted cover. If rust spots appear after a long period of time you can purchase a stainless steel restoration kit from your nearest Weber grill dealer.
Care of Cast Iron Grates
The choice of many outdoor barbeque cooks is the cast iron Weber grill because it’s a bit thicker and stronger than stainless steel. For this type of grate, you can use any heavy-duty brush and it can even stand the scrubbing of steel wool. From time to time, you can thoroughly clean your grate with a solution of vinegar and water. Because this type of grate rusts easily, you must dry it thoroughly then seasoned by coating it with a bit of vegetable oil and cooking it for about an hour.