As you have invested a great amount of your money and dedication in your pallet grill, a greasy and rusty view of your cherished grill will not be a happy occasion for you.
Therefore, cleaning your best cooking appliance occasionally after a rough patch of grilling would be a wise idea for your grill maintenance. In this article, we will explain how to clean your pellet grill.
How To Clean Pellet Grill Outside
If you want to clean your pellet grill deep, it is better to start cleaning from the top. This is because as you start cleaning or scrapping the debris off your grill, it starts falling onto your grill bottom and grates. In contrast, if you start cleaning the inside first, it will be greased and flaked with the removed debris cleaned from the top again.
The first step to clean the outside of your pellet is, preparing the tools and cleansing agent ready for cleaning the grill. Then open the lid and start scrapping the buildup on it. Next, make space for cleaning the outside area of the grill station by removing the grates from it.
You can scrape it with a putty knife, but we suggest using a plastic scraper or narrow wooden piece to get rid of the buildups. However, using a metal scrapper can ruin the paint or cause gauges on your grill surface.
Then, spray a little degreaser or oven cleaning agent on the grill’s lid surface and other outer parts. Let the cleaner soak into the residual dirt for few minutes and use a nylon scrubber to scrub off the debris from stubborn places. Now vacuum the scrapped debris and buildup from the area where they have spattered on.
How To Clean Pellet Grill Inside
There might be less dust inside the pellet grill but excess grease for the lid installed in the grill to cover it from the wind. However, the risk of forming molds increases because of less air circulation, and chunks build up inside the pellet grill, causing fire sparks and dysfunction.
You have to be a little cautious while cleaning inside the pellet grill. You can use your metal or wooden scrapper on the buildups in the places underneath the drip tray and baffle plate. It is always wise to use foil paper wrapped with the drip tray.
However, if it is not covered, you can remove the debris off the grill and clean off the grease with a scrubber. Next, make sure to clean and unclog the square drain with the scrapper. Finally, knock off the chunks of buildup from the wall inside the grill.
When you are done scraping the buildups inside your grill, make sure not to use any water or liquid in it. Instead, wipe off the fire pot with a rag and remove the dirt from the auger surface with a non-abrasive scrubber. Finally, use a vacuum to clean off all the debris from the whole area.
How To Clean Pellet Grill Grates
As you put the foods directly over the grill grates, it very important to clean the grates of your pellet grill now and then. This will preserve the freshness of your food while enjoying the luscious taste from your grilling. However, for keeping it clean, follow these tips to clean the grates perfectly-
Remove Grate From The Grill
Before cleaning the grates, remove them from the pellet grill. You can superheat the grill grate along with the whole thing to burn the buildups, molds, or food residue on it. In addition, you can always remove it without heating it and carry on with degreasing and scrapping the buildups if there no molds on it.
Soak it into soap water or spray a cleaning agent on the surface of the grate. It will weaken the stubborn grease and remaining food from your previous grilling.
Scrap and Scrub
For cleaning the dirt and grease off the grill grates, scrub it with a nylon scrubber. However, metal scrubbers can break into very tiny invisible pieces and mix with your food cause you harm while digesting it. Therefore, it is better to avoid using them.
Wash With Water
Wash off the remaining grease and scrapped off debris with water. You can use a hosepipe to clean it or soak it into a tub full of water. However, you can always put your grates into the dishwasher, but if you do not have it, follow the methods we have shared to sparkle your grill grates.
How To Clean Pellet Grill Auger
To clean the auger of your grill pellet, you need to remove the bottom panel, control board, detach the hopper, separate the motor, and then unscrew the bolts holding the auger in place.
The main part of cleaning your pellet grill auger is to know how to disassemble it and clean it. We will give you a quick view of dissembling the auger setting and bring out the auger to clean it.
There are few steps to open the auger settings and clean them, these are:
- First, unplug the pellet grill and let it cool before you start any dissembling. Make sure to follow this initially to save yourself from any hazards.
- Remove the bottom panel of your pellet by removing the Phillips screws.
- Then remove the two Philips head screw attached to the control board.
- Push the panel of the controller through the bottom of the hopper.
- Remove the two screws that hold the hopper from front and back.
- Place the hopper of your grill on a stand or support as it is attached to the power cord.
- Remove the Allen bolt to detach the motor from the auger.
- Remove the last auger screw that holds the auger in its place.
Use a set of vise-grips or a pipe wrench to turn the auger counterclockwise and pull it off its position. Use extra pressure on turning the auger if it is jammed in there.
With little modification, almost all designs of pellet grill have the same settings but if you think you cannot manage it, contact an expert to clean your pellet grill auger.
After removing the auger from its setting, clean it with sandpaper and brush off any rust or debris on it. Next, vacuum the small particles and use a towel to remove all the grime from the debris.
Lastly, clean inside the auger tube with a clean piece of cloth, and you are all set with your cleaned auger to kick-start your grill pellet. When you have finished the cleaning, reassemble the parts of the auger and connect the plug in to see if it is working or not.
How To Clean Pellet Grill Thermometer
Use a towel or paper tissue to clean the thermometer. You can spray a little cleansing agent on it and wipe off the grease from it. This thermometer plays an important role in determining the temperature and decides how to use pellets on your grill. Forming grease on the thermometer will give you a bad temperature review, making sure it wipes it nicely.
Caution For Cleaning
Try to use plastic or wooden scraper instead of metal ones, as they tend to ruin your grill paint and gauge on the surface.
Do not use abrasive scrubbers to save your ceramic coating and grill surface.
Do not use metal scrubbers as they can break into small pieces, and the remnants of those metal pieces can get into foods and reach your stomach.
Avoid using water inside the places of your pellet as it can make it rusty if any moisture remains there. Instead, it is better to vacuum the debris from the grill and wipe off the grease with a towel or paper tissues.
Do not use plastic scrapes immediately after heating it. Instead, let your grill cool down first for scrapping the debris stuck in its wall.
However, the greases and builds up comes off easily when it is hot. You can use a wooden scraper or smooth metal scrapper not to harm your grill.
A clean pellet grill provides you with the true texture of juicy goodness and the luscious taste of grilled meats. Therefore, keep your food fresh and grilling tastier by keeping the inside and outside of the pellet grill clean. Clean the grates, thermometer, and the auger carefully with the right tools without harming your pellet grill.
Follow the steps we have discussed in this article to clean your pellet grill and shine it exquisitely to use it on a fine summer day.