Topic Title: Cleaning
Created on June 28, 2009 at 12:20 PM


Working on getting the cooking surface, drip pan, burner and side shelves all cleaned up. But what about the top? Soot in the smoke stack, has dripped out and I have greasy areas/spots on top the the lid. I also have the inside of the lid coated with the black film- I have just run the grill with no food and the edges of the lid are started to bubble a little- Do I use an oven cleaner (hope not)? Should I scrap it? Nothing in grill care tips on this subject. The greasy stuff on the top and the stack make the grill look pretty tacky.

Steve in OK

I was wondering about this as well. I used a putty knife to get the big hunks off the stacks.
Will the grill perform better if the scum is ALL removed from inside the lid? Or is this harmless seasoning?
I keep the rest of my grill clean, but I've never bothered with the lid much.


I've had a Holland for many years. I keep the drip pan and the cooking surface clean and make sure the drain pipe is cleaned out. Inside the lid--I don't worry about it until grease starts dripping on my food. Then I take the lid off and power wash it out. I just use warm soapy water on a warm grill and that gets the bulk of the grease off. I'm assuming your grills are the black painted ones and not stainless. By all means NEVER use oven cleaner on the black grill. I've even gone so far as to take off the chimneys and soak them in hot soapy water and use a putty knife to scrape them off. I also, after everything is cleaned and reassembled, let the grill warm up, spray PAM all over a paper towel and rub it in real good. that gives it a nice shine and also helps remove some grease. If your grill is old, it will be worth the time to spend some time cleaning it, even if you have to take it apart.

Paul Corsa

My Heritage was purchased in 1998, has been deck mounted ever since. I just ordered the EZ bottom replacement and the infrared burner. To clean the inside of the lid I'd soak a rag in lacquer thinner then lay it over the black carbon. Once softened a putty knife works. Final clean up will be with a pressure washer and soap , then a repaint. I'll try soaking the chimneys in soapy water, as even a steam cleaner hasn't cut thru all the black gunk.