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Caring for your Weber

Caring for your Weber braai

Caring for your Weber braai will ensure you continue to get great results every time for many years. Both charcoal and gas braais are relatively easy to maintain and doing so will maximise your braai’s performance and prolong its working life. Here are our helpful tips on how to keep your Weber braai functional and efficient.
Weber Charcoal braai: Cleaning & Maintenance
Charcoal braais are easy to maintain. To ensure yours performs at its best, clean regularly as described below.
Charcoal braaier’s Toolbox
Store the following tools near your braai for quick, easy, regular cleanups:
Brass wire braai brush
Fine steel wool pads
Mild dish soap
Sponge or dishcloth

Every time you braai:
Clean the cooking grate — after the coals have died out, brush off any loose particles on the warm (not hot) cooking grate with a brass braai brush or a handful of crumpled aluminium foil. For more thorough cleaning, use a wet, soapy, fine steel wool pad with only slight pressure. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

Remove cold ashes from the bottom of the kettle as this prevents airflow problems next time you braai. Ashes also absorb moisture, which may cause premature rusting of the One-Touch Cleaning System.

As needed:
Clean the inside and outside of the bowl and lid. If you allow cooking residue to burn off the inside of your braai every time you use it, you shouldn’t have to work as hard at scrubbing the inside. You can simply brush off any flaking baked-on grease with a brass wire braai brush. If you want to get your braai in sparkling condition, either inside or out, warm soapy water and a sponge or dishcloth are usually sufficient. If necessary, lightly scrub the porcelain-enamelled parts with a soapy, fine steel wool pad. Be careful not to scratch the porcelain.

Never wax or paint the lid. The finish on your braai is baked-on porcelain enamel, so you never have to wax or paint it. This finish is glossier and much more durable than paint, and wax will only streak when the braai gets hot. So just wipe the lid down with warm, soapy water when it gets dusty or dirty. Easy!

Weber Gas braai: Cleaning & Maintenance

Gas braais are relatively easy to maintain. There are steps to periodically take to ensure years of hassle-free performance. We cover them all below:
Charcoal braaier’s Toolbox

Store the following tools near your braai for quick, easy, regular cleanups:
Brass wire braai brush
Fine steel wool pads
Mild dish soap
Sponge or dishcloth
1″ putty knife
Fitted foil Catch Pan Liners

Every time you braai:
Clean the cooking grate — before or after braaiing, burn off any residue by simply turning the braai on high until the smoke stops, then brush the cooking grates with a brass wire braai brush. Please note: cast iron cooking grates require slightly different care.

As needed:
Change the Catch Pan Liner. You can buy replacement Drip Pans from your local Weber dealer. These pans are made to fit your catch pan under the bottom tray of your Weber gas braai. Regularly changing the liner also discourages animals from visiting your braai for a midnight snack.

Remove smoke stains from the braai lid and side burner cover. Carefully remove any smoke stains from the braai lid with a soapy, fine steel wool pad and a very light touch. For the stainless steel side burner cover, use only warm, soapy water and a sponge or dishcloth — even fine steel wool will scratch it. Smoke stains are most likely to occur when your Weber gas braai is new, at the seams of the lid where the porcelain-enamelled hood meets the endcaps. They can also accumulate around the thermometer holder. These stains will stop appearing after your braai has built up a natural seal from accumulated cooking vapours.

Clean the Flavorizer Bars. You really don’t ever need to remove the Flavorizer Bars from your braai to clean them, since preheating the braai and burning off residue by turning the braai on “high” is enough to turn any accumulated debris to ashes. Occasionally brushing the bars off with a brass braai brush or scraping them with a nylon or plastic putty knife should be sufficient maintenance. Just be careful not to gouge the porcelain-enamel finish.

Clean the warming racks and control panel. A soapy, fine steel wool pad will keep the warming racks clean and free of smoke stains and debris. It will also remove grease spots and stains from the control panel, but use a very light touch so as to not scratch the porcelain. Rinse thoroughly.

Clean the outside of the endcaps and cookbox. You should clean up grease drippings on these exterior surfaces as soon as possible. Grease is toxic to painted surfaces. Use mild, soapy water and rinse thoroughly. Harsh or lemon-based cleaners can ruin the paint finish on the endcaps and cookbox.

Clean the bottom tray. Remove the cool (never hot!) bottom tray from under the braai and place over a trash can. Carefully scrape the inside with a 1″ putty knife or other straight, flat object. Push the residue out through the bottom hole into the trash can. To ‘deep clean’ the tray, use warm, soapy water and a soapy, fine steel wool pad, being careful not to scratch the porcelain finish.

Never wax or paint the lid. The finish on your braai is baked-on porcelain enamel, so you never have to wax or paint it. This finish is glossier and much more durable than paint, and wax will only streak when the braai gets hot. So just wipe the lid down with warm, soapy water when it gets dusty or dirty. Easy!

Never line the bottom tray with foil as grease can accumulate in the creases in the foil and cause a grease fire.

Never use oven cleaner on your gas braai. Oven cleaner is not friendly to the painted surfaces of your braai; it can remove the paint.

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