How to Clean Weber Charcoal Grill

One of the difficult parts of owning a charcoal grill is cleaning one.

Cleaning charcoal grill means cleaning the exterior lid, the interior lid, the inside of the bowl, the grill grates, and the ash catcher. Here are the detailed steps of how to clean a charcoal grill inside out.

Weber has 3 charcoal grill types.



Compact Charcoal grill

compact series weber grill




Original Kettle Premium Grill

original premium charcoal grill




Performer Series

weber performer series grill

I will focus on the Performer since the steps for the Performer should work on the other types more or less.

What you need

  1. Scouring cloth
  2. All purpose dish cloths
  3. Bucket of warm soapy water
  4. Mild glass cleaner
  5. Cleaning gloves

How to Clean Your Weber Charcoal Grill’s Exterior

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Step 1: Wear the cleaning gloves
Step 2: Use mild detergent and an all-purpose dishcloth to wipe down the lid

Warning: Make sure that the lid and pot have cooled down before starting the cleaning.

Step 3: Rinse with water and let dry
Step 4: If you see a build up spray some mild glass cleaner

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Step 5: Use a lint-free cloth to wipe it down 

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For mild detergent, you can use a dishwashing liquid or this homemade cleaner.

Mix the following ingredients into a spray bottle.

Step 1: Pour 1 part vinegar in the bottle
Step 2:
Pour 1 part water
Step 3: Spray and apply it with a dish cloth

How to Clean Weber’s Charcoal Grill’s Inside Lid Coated Porcelain Enamel

The inside of the lid should have a paint-like black substance also known as non-toxic carbon deposits. It will not hurt you but you need to remove it to prevent accumulation.

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Step 1: Start the process after grilling
Step 2: Use paper towels and detergent diluted with water
Step 3: Wipe the coated porcelain while it’s still warm

Warning: It’s easier to clean it while it’s still warm but NOT hot

Step 4: Gently brush the paint-like charcoal residue with a stainless steel brush
Step 5: Scrub with warm soapy water using a home scrubbing pad
Step 6: Rinse

How to Clean the Inside of the Bowl

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Step 1: Use the One-Touch® system to remove any residue out of the kettle bowl
Step 2: Scrub the insides with water diluted detergent and a scouring scrubber
Step 3: Rinse with water
Step 4: Empty the ash catcher and clean it with the same detergent solution

There is also a 3 blade system that’s attached above the kettle bowl. You can use it by moving the lever forward and back continuously until all the ash falls into the ash catcher. 

weber ash catcher

How to Remove the Ash Catcher

Step 1: Put your Weber on its back
Step 2: Use a screwdriver to loosen the three locking tabs from the bowl
Step 3: Remove the ash catcher and clean it with mild detergent and a dishcloth

For the Performer series and premium kettle, all you need to do to remove the ash catcher is:

Step 1: Hold the ash catcher handle
Step2: Turn the ash catcher
Step 3: Support the ash catcher with your other hand because it will fall off
Step 4: Now you can clean the ash catcher as needed

how to remove the ash cathcer

How to Clean Weber’s Cooking Grates

Before cooking do this.

Step 1: Open all vents and preheat your grill at high heat for 10 to 15 minutes
Step 2: Use a scraper or a crumpled up foil on the grills
Step 3: Use a stainless steel bristle brush to scrub the grates
Step 4: Rinse with water finish up

Weber’s Video on Charcoal Grill Cleaning

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