We need to make a point here first about ,,what is a BBQ?………My die heart BBQ cookin friend ….Jim Cormack on Brandy Lake (poodle Jim) …does not consider my BBQ a real BBQ,.. ..he needs more heat control and flavor control for the ultimate taste.
Nun-the less…this is about care. Steel or Stainless Steel could all use help annually. Just a short note on Stainless. If you are looking Stainless take a magnet with you. Stainless has many grades….316 is pretty strong and rust resistant but expensive..
304 is one step down and this is the common material. If you find your magnet sticks to the stainless then there is a good chance its 430. Probably no better than steel..but shiny.
Start by gathering material like to picture..this is not a quick job. I have an air compressor hose and hose water as well.
Next..I start by taking everything off,…dials,,grates,, flavor bars or bricks, tank and all parts in the door, You usually don’t have to take out the tubes. they can be cleaned in place. Check for any burnt through holes etc,
Begin by scraping everything…..makes a big mess. Get rid of all that buildup ..I use a wire brush and scraper.
Once that is done I paint any pre painted parts with high heat paint. Not sure if this a safe thing so check with a BBQ expert. Here is everything painted and replaced. I paint under the hood as it came painted
Next ..I go at the grates…mine are stainless and again check with an expert ..but I just use wire brush and SOS pads. I wipe clean after using SOS. I also clean the flavor bars (don’t laugh Jim) However this time I replaced them after 10 years
Its time to look close at the burner tubes and check the holes…scrub with wire brush and make sure all pipes and feeder tubes are clean. The holes may vary is size. If you find a burnt through hole or feeder tubes burnt you need to replace. Its very easy to see the pattern….clean well!
Check all the dials as well..blow out where to tubes go into valves for spiders or bugs
After about 3 hours work..and its set up to run..apply (brush) high temperature cooking oil to the grill. This really isn’t necessary for Webers and similar due to coated grates,,but I do it anyways. I wanted to coat the new flavor bars with ..oil..but boss said no..hmmm. So run it with no food..for it to grip on…many add oil after every cook,