I use the BBQ all year round for cooking home grown trout (from my aquaponics system) and use greaseproof paper on the hot plate, rather than Al foil. Before each use I have the gas on high and give the hotplate a wipe with paper towels before oiling again, and it stays clean and rust-free.
Love the BBQ but I don’t get too fancy when cleaning it.
I treat my BBQ like crap, it’s a Weber . It has a habit of just lasting and lasting. If anything does go wrong, you can always call them up and they pretty much send out replacement parts instantly, many many years after purchase. Or at least that has been my experience.
If it’s getting too dirty or has been left for too long, then I just crank up burners and leave it for a while. Then come back and give it a quick scrape and some rice bran oil (has a high smoke point).
We’ve updated our BBQ review (member content) in time for summer. With barbecues varying in price from $150 to around $2000, it’s handy knowing which ones perform the best. We also have this BBQ buying guide to cover all the features, what to pay and what size to choose.
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We have a heavy cover that goes over the 4 burner stainless steel BBQ which keeps it relatively clean all year round. Just use warm dishwashing detergent water with a microfibre cloth to clean the SS from time to time.
We also seal the cast iron plate and grill with spray canola oil immediately after use (or occasional washing if it needs it)…doing so allows a build up of an oil layer which stops rust and also creates a non-stick coating. It saves a lot of effort in keeping the BBQ clean as it is ready each time one wants to use it. Doing this initially does not take much effort and after a while when the coating is formed, is very easy to maintain with minimal effort.
Being in Brisbane, we have BBQ weather all year round…in fact BBQs are possibly better in winter as one can gather a big sweat standing over a BBQ on a humid and hot summer day/night.
I can’t imagine living somewhere that you couldn’t BBQ all year round! why do people choose to live in such inhospitable climates?
We do the same with the cleaning and replaced the grill with hotplates and got a huge cast iron baking tray with lid for the third hotplate - did have a problem with rodents scampering on the hotplates until I ordered some metal baking trays the same size as the plates and seasoned them as well - they sit on the plates when not in use.
To clean - I turn it on flat out for 10 or so minutes with the lid down, then use a paint scraper to take off the rubbish - never seems to go through the seasoning.
Hi. I notice you have done a new barbecue comparison. I am tossing up between the Weber Q2200 and the Ziegler and Brown Ziggy Twin Burner. While you did review the Weber is there any reason you didn’t review the Ziggy this time?