Spring Grill Cleaning Tune Up

Spring is here and so is the grilling season. You remove the cover from your Weber propane grill and, surprise, it looks just like you left it after your last grilling session last fall. Once the grill cooled down you most likely gave the grill grates a good brushing and replaced the cover. Then the weather changed and you never got to that thorough cleaning and winterization you had planned. Oh well, maybe next year . . .

Chances are you made it through last year with the same grill grates you had the year before and possibly even the year(s) before that. Some of the bars are now loose. The whole apparatus is a little rusty and parts of it are coated with some baked on gunk. Never even look at the warming rack because it commonly rusts before any other part of the grill. Sound familiar?

Time for a change! Along with the elbow grease you already are already planning to apply giving the grill the best cleansing of it’s life, you might need to do 3 more things to bring your grill to a “like new” condition. Replace the cooking grates, the warming rack and the flavorizer bars. If you do this using genuine Weber gas grill replacement parts parts you will be able to bring your grill back to a like new condition for a very affordable price.

Changing the cooking grates is an obvious move. They are right on top for everyone to see and they are abused every time you cook on them and then scour them with a wire brush. Often we don’t properly prepare them for cooking as well. Grates were made to be replaced.

The best replacements are the Stainless Steel Replacement Cooking Grates, not the porcelain enameled cast iron grates. If you grill a lot you may want to replace them every few years. If you have one of the following models, Spirit 700, Genesis Silver B and C, Genesis Gold B and C, Genesis Platinum B and C (2005 model year) and Genesis 1000-3500 gas grills, your grates can be changed to stainless steel quite easily – just pull out the old grates and toss them into the can and install the shiny new ones in their place.

Next up is the . Read the reviews and you will notice that this rack is prone to corrosion. Mine started rusting almost immediately even though I seasoned it with cooking oil and brushed it every time I cleaned the grill. Since it sits up high above the cooking grates you and your visitors can see it quite clearly every time you open the grill. Not a pretty sight! The cost is minimal but the satisfaction you will feel is great.

Replacing the Flavorizer Bars is not as essential unless your old bars are rusted. Corroded surfaces are the major complaint with the bars. They will retain even more of the gunk and really look gross. My bars flare up more if I don’t brush them periodically. This change will complete the transformation bringing your cooking surfaces to like new condition.

If you decide to take the plunge and replace these parts you may be tempted to replace your Burner Tubes as well. Were money no object, I would say go ahead but consider that the tubes are protected by the Flavorizor Bars. They might not need to be replaced as often.

All of these changes are quite easy to do but will make a real difference for your Weber grill, even extending it’s practical lifetime several more years. Hope this helps you plan for spring and summer grilling!

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