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Z Grills – How to Clean

Keeping the Z Grill clean is extremely easy, and helps ensure safe and efficient operation.

Cleaning Summary

  1. Vacuuming out the fire-pot and grilling area (every 5-10 hours of operation)
  2. Wipe down any areas with grease accumulation (when needed)
  3. Wash out the grease bucket (or line with foil)
  4. Change the foil on the grease tray (when needed)
  5. Empty the hopper and vacuum out (every 40-50kg of pellets)

Watch the video below for more information:

Cleaning Stainless Steel

Z Grills 700E and 700E-XL models have stainless steel hopper and grill lids which look great but can stain over time without proper care.

A common misconception is that stainless steel cannot rust. This is not true. Especially close to the coast (up to 20km inland), where salt can be carried in the air even high grade marine grade (316) stainless steel can suffer from brown corrosion marks, often referred to as “tea staining”. Regular cleaning can help maintain the “stainless” protective coating on the stainless steel.

To keep your stainless steel lids looking great, wipe down regularly with a BBQ wipe or just soapy water and soft cloth. If tougher stains or any brown spots appear, using a metal polish cream works great. There are many brands on the market, but we have used and recommend Metal Kleen and Polish from Hillmark which is inexpensive and widely available.

Z Grill Stainless Steel Cleaning Cream Polish

Polish the stainless steel with the brushed metal grain, not in circles. Use a small amount of cream on a soft dry cloth. Polish off with a clean part of the dry cloth.

Do not wash the surface after polishing, as the cream leaves a protective coating which will help reduce future staining.

Z Grills stainless steel polish

Only use the polish on the outside of the lid. It is not important to clean the inside of the lid, but if you do, just use BBQ wipes or a wet cloth, as you don’t want any chemicals on the inside of the grill where it could impact food safety or flavour. It is unlikely the inside the of the grill will get any tea staining as the black layer from cooking forms a protective barrier.

Updated on February 9, 2021

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