Tips on How to Clean an Infrared Grill

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Tips on How to Clean an Infrared Grill

Infrared burners have a rectangular shape and are like large boxes that house the gas burner. The box is capped with ceramic tiles that hold very many tiny holes.

The tiny holes allow the gas to come through them and get burned into the flame that we see.

The gas brings about a small amount of pressure in the infrared housing so that there are those flames. The housing and tile is covered with a screen.

The purpose of the screen is to stop larger pieces of food from landing on the burner when they drop through the cooking grids but also spread the weight of any other falling objects.

This will prevent the force of the drop from cracking the tile. Also, keep checking the burner and the protective screen for it to work effectively.

When you do not check the status of the burner, you will find that there can be uneven heat distribution, or the burner might not work at all.  

Just like any other type of grill, the infrared grill also requires cleaning.

Cleaning helps in maintaining the quality of the gas grill, which assures you the efficiency of the gas grill even after a long period of time.

The only thing you are required to do is to be more careful when cleaning the infrared surface and the heating element.

During the grilling season, the infrared grill should be at least cleaned twice or three times.

You should check for any damage to the heating element and any signs of wearing in the grate and the infrared plate.

Tips on How to Clean an Infrared Grill

Tips on How to Clean an Infrared Grill

Infrared burners have a rectangular shape and are like large boxes that house the gas burner. The box is capped with ceramic tiles that hold very many tiny holes.

The tiny holes allow the gas to come through them and get burned into the flame that we see.

The gas brings about a small amount of pressure in the infrared housing so that there are those flames. The housing and tile is covered with a screen.

The purpose of the screen is to stop larger pieces of food from landing on the burner when they drop through the cooking grids but also spread the weight of any other falling objects.

This will prevent the force of the drop from cracking the tile. Also, keep checking the burner and the protective screen for it to work effectively.

When you do not check the status of the burner, you will find that there can be uneven heat distribution, or the burner might not work at all.  

Just like any other type of grill, the infrared grill also requires cleaning. Cleaning helps in maintaining the quality of the gas grill, which assures you the efficiency of the gas grill even after a long period of time.

The only thing you are required to do is to be more careful when cleaning the infrared surface and the heating element.

During the grilling season, the infrared grill should be at least cleaned twice or three times.

You should check for any damage to the heating element and any signs of wearing in the grate and the infrared plate.

You should replace the worn-out parts for efficient grilling. Make sure that you buy the replacing parts from a trusted supplier or the manufacturer.

You should first clean the electric heating element and the gas grills.

 This can be done by removing the residue using steel wool or a wire brush.

You are also required to unblock all the hindrances that could be on the burner’s openings in the gas elements.

For those infrared grills that have a grate, just apply some of the elbow greases.

Take out the grates and whip a firm wire brush over both sides to eliminate the cooking remains if the grates are made of metal.

The grates may also be porcelain coated or made of cast iron. In this case, you should use a brush that has soft nylon bristles to prevent scoring the surface of the grate.

Then turn on the heat.

Heat the grill to the highest temperature to ensure that all the remnants are burned off.  Wait for the grill to cool, then use the grill brush to do away with the stubborn particles that will be left on the grill.

Then, now focus on the infrared heating surface. The best choice of chemicals is a non-abrasive one, despite the material the heating surface is made from.

The heating surface might be made from glass, ceramics, or even metal. Gently brush off all the food particles and ash then clean with the non-abrasive chemicals.

Cleaning the emitters

This procedure of cleaning the emitters is mostly applicable to Tru-Infrared gas grills. Start by scrubbing the emitters using a brush to take out any food remnants. 

Choose a good quality brush like the Char-Broil® Cool Clean Brush. The next step is to remove the emitters from the grill and clean them in warm soapy water using a sponge.

Then wipe them with a dry cloth and put the clean emitters and grates back on the grill.

You can remove grease stains by pouring baking soda on the grease stains then wetting the baking soda using a spray bottle that is filled with water.

Let it sit for 20 minutes then wipe it clean using a sponge.

Seasoning your emitters and grates

You might consider seasoning the emitters and the grates. In this case, apply a light coating of cooking oil to the emitters and grill grates using a folded paper towel and tongs.

Then turn the gas back on and fire up all the burners to medium heat. Wait for about 30 minutes and make sure that the lid is closed for the process of seasoning to take place effectively.

Cleaning using the burn-off method

Another way to clean the infrared grid is to use the burn-off method. 

After grilling your meat, it would be better to burn off all the leftover grease, and food remains that has accumulated on the grill grates over the grilling period.

You will be required to turn the grill to high temperature and then close the lid. Let the grill be heated for around 15 minutes.

This is enough time to burn down all the food that remains in ash. After that period of time, turn off the grill and let it cool for some time.

Using a nylon brush, remove the remnants of food particles after the grill cools down.

You can use the metal scraper on the backside of the grill brush to remove the baked-on particles.

You can also consider tapping the infrared emitter plates and the stainless steel grilling grates together to remove the ash and food remains.

After cleaning the infrared emitter plates and the grill grates, do not forget to coat them with a light coat of a high heat cooking oil.

When you coat the grill grates with a high heat cooking oil, this ensures that food will not stick on your grates during your next grilling session.

The deep cleaning procedure

The deep cleaning comes when you also want to clean the glass plates. It would be better if you used a ceramic cleaning cream.

Examples of ceramic cleaning creams include Golden Ventures Cerama Bryte, ELCO/Weimann Cooktop Cleaning Crème, and whirlpool cooktop cleaner.

For the bits that might have stuck on the stainless steel, we would recommend you to use a metal polish like Brite Works Metal Polish. 

Rub the metal polish on the stainless steel and leave it for some minutes. After some time, buff away using the polish.

Keep checking the drip tray regularly, especially when smoking, barbecuing and roasting on low since the debris and drippings burn off a little bit more slowly. 

Make sure you get to wipe all the grease that comes from the drip tray to avoid a grease fire.

When it comes to scooping the grease, you can make your work easier by using the flat end of the Grate Rake.

When it comes to the grates, consider using the grilling stone, which is a magnificent and an all-natural way of cleaning the grates. 

You can also clean the grates using the Grate Rake, which is effective in removing nearly all of the food particles.

Cleaning the gas grill burner

Make sure that you disconnect the natural gas tank or the liquid propane tank before taking out the burner for cleaning.

Take out the screws and the cotter clip that holds the gas grill in place. Place the clips and screws in a safe place and lift the burner from the grill.

Use soapy water and a wire brush to cleanse the outside part of the burner. In case there are stubborn remnants, polish them using a metal scraper.

Get a paper clip and unblock any clogged ports.

Avoid using a wooden toothpick since it might break off and cause the port on the burner to clog.

If you find that some little obstructions like insects are in the burner ports and hindering the flow of gas through the burner, just try blowing the burner with compressed air in a can. 

If the obstructions are tough to come out, then you can ask for assistance.

Let the burner dry. Make sure you follow the instructions given on how to put back the burner correctly and carefully after cleaning it.

Also, make sure that the burner has been successfully positioned with the gas supply opening. Do not try to relight the grill if the burner is not correctly placed inside the gas supply opening.

Lastly, fix back the gas burner using the cotter clips and screws that you put aside when you were disassembling the burner for cleaning.   

Cleaning the grease tray on the gas grill

You should regularly empty the grease tray, wipe it, and wash it with a solution made of a placid detergent and some warm water.

Aim at preventing the grease from accumulating to being excess since it will overflow and come out of the grease tray.

If it is not prevented from overflowing, things will be messy when it comes to cleaning.

Place a small amount of sand at the bottom of the grease tray. The sand will absorb the excess grease making it easier when it comes to cleaning.

Regarding the nature of fire, the grill grate is going to change its color from the silvery stainless steel color to a bronze color or a golden brown color.

When this happens, do not assume it to be dirt. There has been no proof that turning off the color belonging to the grill grate could have any negative effect on the quality of the gas grill. 

The only thing affected is the color. The change of color is just a sign of a regularly used gas grill.

Cleaning the grill grates

Regular cleaning of the grill grates will ensure that there is no accumulation of rust, and this will lead to tastier food when you grill.

It is advisable to scrub the grill grates after every use and also deep cleaning the grill at least twice per year.

Since different materials make the grates, you should consider cleaning your grill grates according to their type.

Cleaning of porcelain grates

The good thing about porcelain grill gates is that they hold heat perfectly and are rust-resistant and so you would want to maintain their efficiency by keeping them clean.  

When scrapes or chips appear on the porcelain, the metal underneath is most probably going to be exposed. This will let some water seep in, and the results are going to be, rusting.

If you choose to cook with metallic tools, be cautious not to pickle or scratch the grates.

Avoid wire or metal brushes when it comes to cleaning the porcelain grill grates. Instead, use a nylon grill brush or a brush with soft bristles.

Burn off any food remnants that are on the grates. Leave the grates and let them cool down then scrub them using the brush with soft bristles or a nylon cleaning brush.

Cleaning of cast iron grates

When it comes to the cleaning of cast iron grates, you should understand that they are sturdy and can endure any other thing except for water.

Iron is susceptible to rusting. When you are cleaning cast iron grates, first burn off any food remnants that are on the grill grates.

 After that, let the grates cool down and scrub using a nylon cleaning brush. Dry them and apply some vegetable oil to avoid the iron from rusting.

The cast iron grill grates withstand high temperatures; they are long-lasting and have an even cooking surface making them one of the most preferred grill grates.

Cleaning stainless steel grates

Just like the cast iron grill grates, the stainless steel grates can withstand intense heat.  The stainless steel grates are also resistant to rust. 

You will only be required to keep a brush around, for you to keep them clean.

You may consider covering the top part of the grates with a tough enough piece of aluminum foil and then heat the grates on high for around ten or fifteen minutes.

The aluminum foil helps to concentrate the heat on the grates to scorch off the food residues. Leave the grates to cool down and use a nylon cleaning brush to scrub the stainless steel grates.

When you get that your grill grates have stubborn food residues that are stuck on your grill grates, it would be better to soak the grill grates in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. 

The mix of vinegar and baking soda is effective in breaking down the stuck food remnants on the grill grates. 

You will be needed to mix one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar in a trash bag.

Then cover up the grates in the trash bag using a rubber band. Leave the grates to soak overnight. The following morning or day, take out the grates and wash them off with water.

You will see that the stubborn food remnants are now starting to fall off, but in case they do not, just scrub them. This will make your work easier since they will be softened and easy to come out.

Then use cold water to rinse and then tap the grates for them to dry.

Protecting the outside of your gas grill

You would consider using a cover and also placing the gas grill under a roofed area when the grill is not being used. The cover should be able to protect it from rain, dust, and wind.

Without protecting the exterior, the grill will lose its quality and even its appearance.

For those who have a portable gas grill or a tabletop grill, I would urge you to move it to the shed or the garage when the grill is not in use.

Consider using any stainless steel cleaner to keep it looking appealing to everyone’s eyes.

So, some of the things you should consider are:

  1. Before cooking, use a wire brush or a grill scraper to scrape off any debris and scrub any grease on the grill grates.
  2. After you are done cooking and removing your food from the grill, leave the burners that you used to cook on high for five minutes. This will ensure that all the remaining food bits and grease are burned to ashes.
  3. When you are about to turn off the burners, give the grill another quick scrape and some scrubbing to get rid of any remaining scorch.
  4. You can also work with a paper towel to wipe the behind wall of the grilling area, and the inside of the hood after the grill has cooled down.
  5. Do not forget to have a cover to protect the outside part from harsh weather conditions and also from dust.
  6. Do not subject the ceramic plates to any moisture and also ensure that you do a 5 to 10 minutes burn off.
  7. Do not allow the infrared burner to get wet. Do not use water or liquid chemicals to clear the ceramic burners.

After all that, your grill is clean, and you can be sure that its quality will be maintained. You can maintain the quality by deep cleaning the grill once per month and also scrubbing the grill grates after every use.

You should replace the worn-out parts for efficient grilling. Make sure that you buy the replacing parts from a trusted supplier or the manufacturer.

You should first clean the electric heating element and the gas grills.

 This can be done by removing the residue using steel wool or a wire brush.

You are also required to unblock all the hindrances that could be on the burner’s openings in the gas elements.

For those infrared grills that have a grate, just apply some of the elbow greases.

Take out the grates and whip a firm wire brush over both sides to eliminate the cooking remains if the grates are made of metal.

The grates may also be porcelain coated or made of cast iron. In this case, you should use a brush that has soft nylon bristles to prevent scoring the surface of the grate.

Then turn on the heat.

Heat the grill to the highest temperature to ensure that all the remnants are burned off.  Wait for the grill to cool, then use the grill brush to do away with the stubborn particles that will be left on the grill.

Then, now focus on the infrared heating surface. The best choice of chemicals is a non-abrasive one, despite the material the heating surface is made from.

The heating surface might be made from glass, ceramics, or even metal. Gently brush off all the food particles and ash then clean with the non-abrasive chemicals.

Cleaning the emitters

This procedure of cleaning the emitters is mostly applicable to Tru-Infrared gas grills. Start by scrubbing the emitters using a brush to take out any food remnants. 

Choose a good quality brush like the Char-Broil® Cool Clean Brush. The next step is to remove the emitters from the grill and clean them in warm soapy water using a sponge.

Then wipe them with a dry cloth and put the clean emitters and grates back on the grill.

You can remove grease stains by pouring baking soda on the grease stains then wetting the baking soda using a spray bottle that is filled with water.

Let it sit for 20 minutes then wipe it clean using a sponge.

Seasoning your emitters and grates

You might consider seasoning the emitters and the grates. In this case, apply a light coating of cooking oil to the emitters and grill grates using a folded paper towel and tongs.

Then turn the gas back on and fire up all the burners to medium heat. Wait for about 30 minutes and make sure that the lid is closed for the process of seasoning to take place effectively.

Cleaning using the burn-off method

Another way to clean the infrared grid is to use the burn-off method. 

After grilling your meat, it would be better to burn off all the leftover grease, and food remains that has accumulated on the grill grates over the grilling period.

You will be required to turn the grill to high temperature and then close the lid. Let the grill be heated for around 15 minutes.

This is enough time to burn down all the food that remains in ash. After that period of time, turn off the grill and let it cool for some time.

Using a nylon brush, remove the remnants of food particles after the grill cools down.

You can use the metal scraper on the backside of the grill brush to remove the baked-on particles.

You can also consider tapping the infrared emitter plates and the stainless steel grilling grates together to remove the ash and food remains.

After cleaning the infrared emitter plates and the grill grates, do not forget to coat them with a light coat of a high heat cooking oil.

When you coat the grill grates with a high heat cooking oil, this ensures that food will not stick on your grates during your next grilling session.

The deep cleaning procedure

The deep cleaning comes when you also want to clean the glass plates. It would be better if you used a ceramic cleaning cream.

Examples of ceramic cleaning creams include Golden Ventures Cerama Bryte, ELCO/Weimann Cooktop Cleaning Crème, and whirlpool cooktop cleaner.

For the bits that might have stuck on the stainless steel, we would recommend you to use a metal polish like Brite Works Metal Polish. 

Rub the metal polish on the stainless steel and leave it for some minutes. After some time, buff away using the polish.

Keep checking the drip tray regularly, especially when smoking, barbecuing and roasting on low since the debris and drippings burn off a little bit more slowly. 

Make sure you get to wipe all the grease that comes from the drip tray to avoid a grease fire.

When it comes to scooping the grease, you can make your work easier by using the flat end of the Grate Rake.

When it comes to the grates, consider using the grilling stone, which is a magnificent and an all-natural way of cleaning the grates. 

You can also clean the grates using the Grate Rake, which is effective in removing nearly all of the food particles.

Cleaning the gas grill burner

Make sure that you disconnect the natural gas tank or the liquid propane tank before taking out the burner for cleaning.

Take out the screws and the cotter clip that holds the gas grill in place. Place the clips and screws in a safe place and lift the burner from the grill.

Use soapy water and a wire brush to cleanse the outside part of the burner. In case there are stubborn remnants, polish them using a metal scraper.

Get a paper clip and unblock any clogged ports.

Avoid using a wooden toothpick since it might break off and cause the port on the burner to clog.

If you find that some little obstructions like insects are in the burner ports and hindering the flow of gas through the burner, just try blowing the burner with compressed air in a can. 

If the obstructions are tough to come out, then you can ask for assistance.

Let the burner dry. Make sure you follow the instructions given on how to put back the burner correctly and carefully after cleaning it.

Also, make sure that the burner has been successfully positioned with the gas supply opening. Do not try to relight the grill if the burner is not correctly placed inside the gas supply opening.

Lastly, fix back the gas burner using the cotter clips and screws that you put aside when you were disassembling the burner for cleaning.   

Cleaning the grease tray on the gas grill

You should regularly empty the grease tray, wipe it, and wash it with a solution made of a placid detergent and some warm water.

Aim at preventing the grease from accumulating to being excess since it will overflow and come out of the grease tray.

If it is not prevented from overflowing, things will be messy when it comes to cleaning.

Place a small amount of sand at the bottom of the grease tray. The sand will absorb the excess grease making it easier when it comes to cleaning.

Regarding the nature of fire, the grill grate is going to change its color from the silvery stainless steel color to a bronze color or a golden brown color.

When this happens, do not assume it to be dirt. There has been no proof that turning off the color belonging to the grill grate could have any negative effect on the quality of the gas grill. 

The only thing affected is the color. The change of color is just a sign of a regularly used gas grill.

Cleaning the grill grates

Regular cleaning of the grill grates will ensure that there is no accumulation of rust, and this will lead to tastier food when you grill.

It is advisable to scrub the grill grates after every use and also deep cleaning the grill at least twice per year.

Since different materials make the grates, you should consider cleaning your grill grates according to their type.

Cleaning of porcelain grates

The good thing about porcelain grill gates is that they hold heat perfectly and are rust-resistant and so you would want to maintain their efficiency by keeping them clean.  

When scrapes or chips appear on the porcelain, the metal underneath is most probably going to be exposed. This will let some water seep in, and the results are going to be, rusting.

If you choose to cook with metallic tools, be cautious not to pickle or scratch the grates.

Avoid wire or metal brushes when it comes to cleaning the porcelain grill grates. Instead, use a nylon grill brush or a brush with soft bristles.

Burn off any food remnants that are on the grates. Leave the grates and let them cool down then scrub them using the brush with soft bristles or a nylon cleaning brush.

Cleaning of cast iron grates

When it comes to the cleaning of cast iron grates, you should understand that they are sturdy and can endure any other thing except for water.

Iron is susceptible to rusting. When you are cleaning cast iron grates, first burn off any food remnants that are on the grill grates.

 After that, let the grates cool down and scrub using a nylon cleaning brush. Dry them and apply some vegetable oil to avoid the iron from rusting.

The cast iron grill grates withstand high temperatures; they are long-lasting and have an even cooking surface making them one of the most preferred grill grates.

Cleaning stainless steel grates

Just like the cast iron grill grates, the stainless steel grates can withstand intense heat.  The stainless steel grates are also resistant to rust. 

You will only be required to keep a brush around, for you to keep them clean.

You may consider covering the top part of the grates with a tough enough piece of aluminum foil and then heat the grates on high for around ten or fifteen minutes.

The aluminum foil helps to concentrate the heat on the grates to scorch off the food residues. Leave the grates to cool down and use a nylon cleaning brush to scrub the stainless steel grates.

When you get that your grill grates have stubborn food residues that are stuck on your grill grates, it would be better to soak the grill grates in a mixture of baking soda and vinegar. 

The mix of vinegar and baking soda is effective in breaking down the stuck food remnants on the grill grates. 

You will be needed to mix one cup of baking soda and two cups of vinegar in a trash bag.

Then cover up the grates in the trash bag using a rubber band. Leave the grates to soak overnight. The following morning or day, take out the grates and wash them off with water.

You will see that the stubborn food remnants are now starting to fall off, but in case they do not, just scrub them. This will make your work easier since they will be softened and easy to come out.

Then use cold water to rinse and then tap the grates for them to dry.

Protecting the outside of your gas grill

You would consider using a cover and also placing the gas grill under a roofed area when the grill is not being used. The cover should be able to protect it from rain, dust, and wind.

Without protecting the exterior, the grill will lose its quality and even its appearance.

For those who have a portable gas grill or a tabletop grill, I would urge you to move it to the shed or the garage when the grill is not in use.

Consider using any stainless steel cleaner to keep it looking appealing to everyone’s eyes.

So, some of the things you should consider are:

  1. Before cooking, use a wire brush or a grill scraper to scrape off any debris and scrub any grease on the grill grates.
  2. After you are done cooking and removing your food from the grill, leave the burners that you used to cook on high for five minutes. This will ensure that all the remaining food bits and grease are burned to ashes.
  3. When you are about to turn off the burners, give the grill another quick scrape and some scrubbing to get rid of any remaining scorch.
  4. You can also work with a paper towel to wipe the behind wall of the grilling area, and the inside of the hood after the grill has cooled down.
  5. Do not forget to have a cover to protect the outside part from harsh weather conditions and also from dust.
  6. Do not subject the ceramic plates to any moisture and also ensure that you do a 5 to 10 minutes burn off.
  7. Do not allow the infrared burner to get wet. Do not use water or liquid chemicals to clear the ceramic burners.

After all that, your grill is clean, and you can be sure that its quality will be maintained. You can maintain the quality by deep cleaning the grill once per month and also scrubbing the grill grates after every use.

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