Worn Out Grill Cover

Weber Gas Grill Cleaning and Barbecue Repair

★ Grill Cleaning – Hard Work and Weber Replacement Parts

Spring is here and so is the grilling season. I pull off the well worn cover from my Weber gas grill. Surprise! It looks just like I left it after my last outdoor cooked meal last fall. After it cooled off I most likely gave the grates a good brushing and simply covered the grill, fully planning to clean it up after the next grilling session.

Worn Out Grill Cover
Worn Out Grill Cover
Then the weather changed and I never got back to that thorough grill cleaning and barbecue repair I had planned. Oh well, next year will be different . . .

Chances are you are a lot like me. You made it through last year with the same grill grates you had the year before and maybe even the year(s) before that. Some of the bars are now loose. The whole apparatus is a little corroded and parts of it are coated with some baked on gunk. Do not even look at the warming rack because it generally rusts before any other part of the grill. Sound familiar?

Nothing to do but go all out. Remove all the junk that accumulates in the racks like your smoker box and wood chips. Then take off all the utensils hanging from the grill. Pull out the drip tray and the old tin foil drip pan attached to it. Get the high pressure sprayer and thoroughly clean the cast iron box and all of the surfaces. Use a wire brush where stuff has accumulated and spray it again. Then use cleaners on the shelves and flat surfaces until you can actually read the proper internal temperatures for meats which are printed by your grills gas knobs (at least on my old Weber Genesis Gold).

If I’m really being serious about this, I ask my wife to check it out. She’ll almost always find something I missed. Might as well get it now!

– Time for a change! Grill cleaning only goes so far

Along with the elbow grease you already are already planning to apply giving your barbecue grill the best barbecue repair of it’s life, you might need to do a few more things to bring your grill to a “like new” condition. Replace the cooking grates, the warming rack, flavorizer bars and the igniters at the very least. Sometimes the burner tubes will also need replacement. 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 sensible price. If you don’t, your grill will always look and cook like it is waiting to be retired.


★ After a complete Grill Cleaning use genuine Weber Replacement Parts

✓ Cooking Grates

Cooking Grates
Cooking Grates

Changing the cooking grates is such an obvious move when doing a barbecue repair. 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. The obvious truth is that 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 couple of years if not every year.

If you own 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 remove the old grates and chunk them into the can and lay down the perfect new ones in their place.


Rusted Out Stainless Steel Grates
Rusted Out Stainless Steel Grates

Heavy Stainless Steel BarsThis is exactly what I did for years until I made the ultimate change. The factory grates never held up well but rusted and separated so I invested in a set of heavy duty stainless steel large gauge bars. That was 3 years ago and these bars are still looking and working amazingly well.

You can’t believe what a change it is to cook on these because the hold the heat so well, giving excellent grill marks, and don’t lift off the grill if meat sticks to them. (Make sure of the dimensions to be sure they fit your specific grill.) They are pricey but well worth the cost!

✓ Warming Rack

Warming Rack

Next is the Warming Rack. Read the reviews and you will see 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 would do a grill cleaning.

Since it sits up high above the cooking grates you and your guests can see it quite clearly whenever you open the grill. Not a pretty sight! The cost is minimal but the satisfaction you will feel is great.


✓ Flavorizer Bars

Rusted Out Flavorizer Bars
Rusted Out Flavorizer Bars
Flavorizer Bars

My rule when I do barbecue repair is that replacing the Flavorizer Bars is not really necessary unless your old bars are falling apart. Rusted surfaces are the major complaint with the bars. Within a short time they will retain the gunk that drips off the grill and really look gross no matter how good a grill cleaning you do.

My bars will flare up more often if I don’t brush off them periodically. If you do decide to change them it will complete the transformation bringing your cooking surfaces to like new condition.


✓ Igniters


An Igniter are another item that just disintegrates over time. You go to light your grill one day and have to go find a lighter to use. Lucky for me that my wife keeps the big one to light candles. We also keep them to light the chiminea in winter so we usually have them handy. Still, its just another distraction you don’t need when you are all set to cook.

When you open up your grill for the annual Grill Cleaning it is a good time to replace this convernience item. They are relatively inexpensive so just do it now.


✓ Burner Tubes

Flavorizer Bars

If you decide to take the plunge and do a complete barbecue repair, 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 may not need to be replaced as often.<.p>

After I remove the Flavorizer Bars I take a brush to the Burner Tubes to open up all the holes that are supposed to be there. This will also expose the holes that are not supposed to exist! Next I turn the grill on and ignite it with the gas on high. If I can see gas coming out of odd places it time to replace the tubes.


★ A thorough Grill Cleaning and Barbecue Repair can make a huge difference

Grill Looking Like New
Grill Looking Like New
Ready for the Next Meal
Ready for the Next Meal

A really good grill cleaning and these simple changes is quite easy to do but will make a real difference for your Weber grill. Add a new mat under the grill and a new cover over it and you are done. The cleaning and new parts even extend it’s functional life many more years.

This article is all about my Weber grill that I’ve had just about forever, but the ideas really apply to whatever kind of grill you have just as well.

I hope this helps you plan for better spring and summer grilling!


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