The interior of our lids are made of aluminum and are not painted. If you are noticing what looks like black peeling paint, this is a deposit of grease and smoke that collects during normal use. During use, the grease and smoke vapors slowly oxidize into carbon and collect on the inside of your lid. This deposit will eventually peel, and looks very similar to paint. The peeling normally starts in the center of the lid and spreads outward. It may come off in sheets or flakes, and is shiny on one side and dull on the other. These carbon deposits are non-toxic, but must be regularly removed. Fortunately, the peeling is easy to remove:
Three methods for cleaning the interior of the lid and the burner box:
- Simply brush off all loose particles with a brass brush before you start grilling. To prevent future build-up, wipe lid with paper towels or a mild soap-and-water solution after every grilling session. Do this while the grill lid is warm – not hot!
- For heavily soiled lids that require more effort, remove all interior parts, and spray the interior lid and burner box with a BBQ degreaser. Allow the degreaser to penetrate the build-up. This may take approximately 10 minutes. Depending on the build up, you may need to spray the interior a second time and wait. Using a grill brush, crumpled aluminum foil, or a paint scraper- scrub away the build-up. Do not use steel wool or harsh chemical cleaners that may leave a toxic residue on the interior of your BBQ.
- Lay a piece of aluminum foil across the entire cooking surface with the shiny side up. Light the BBQ and preheat on high. Close the lid. Essentially creating a high heat self cleaning environment. After 15 minutes- shut down the grill. Using a grilling glove- remove aluminum foil and crumple up in a ball. Use the aluminum foil, a long handled brush or plastic paint scraper to scrub the interior of the lid, and remove the build-up.
After removing most of the build-up, clean the interior of the burner box and lid with dish-soap and flush with water.
Once clean, inspect all interior parts. If there are any signs of corrosion you can touch-up with Black BBQ paint, found in your local hardware stores paint aisle. Also, lightly spray the interior burner box with cooking spray to protect. This should only be done when all parts are removed for cleaning.