What's the best method to clean a weber kettle

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by fire in the hole, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. I have the large weber kettle and over the years it has developed a build-up of thick residue inside the bowl, especially in the lid. Is there a perfered or best way to clean????
  2. gooose53

    gooose53 Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    I have to do the same thing. I was thinking of getting it hot to where the gunk is soft, then using the power washer on it. Maybe someone else will have a better idea.
  3. oneshot

    oneshot Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Use a plastic scraper when it's warm to scrape off the heavy stuff. But what ever you do, NO type of cleaners.[​IMG]
  4. harrylips

    harrylips Smoke Blower

    I use one of those steam cleaner things to clean mine. Cleans the grates really nice too. The steamer even came with a grill cleaning attachment.
  5. harrylips what type of stemmer do you use
  6. lucc

    lucc Smoke Blower

    Cleveland [​IMG]
  7. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I clean mine with a wooden shim. Like the kind you'd get at a hardware store. I think they're like 12 to a pack for a couple of bucks. They're great for cleaning the grates too. Hard enough to scrape the gunk but soft enough to not do any damage.
  8. It kinda sounds like a good scraper/scraping is the method to use. That's what I did before, I guess I was on the right track. I shore do wish there was an easier way.
    I'm going to smoke 3 racks of ribs this sunday for the neighbors.............so wish me luck.
    Thanks all.
  9. so if i clean the kettle (and wsm) and looks shiny and new, am i not cleaning away all the seasoning?

    i thought a build up was a good thing 

  10. woundedyak

    woundedyak Smoke Blower

    power washer son!
  11. grillmonkey

    grillmonkey Smoking Fanatic


    The goal of seasoning a grill is to remove manufacturing residue, and maybe bake the paint. Once that's done you can pressure wash it, steam clean it, scrape with wood shims, all with no ill effects.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2014

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