How do I clean my stove?
Make sure to disconnect your stove from the tank before cleaning stove. You may spray the stove with a degreaser and/or use a garden hose. You can also wipe it down with a damp rag or soapy sponge (or scrub brush). You may get the stove completely wet with out damaging it. It is best to clean the stove after every use. Allow stove and burners to dry completely before use.
How do I check for gas leaks?
To test for a leak, pour soapy water over the valves, manifold, and propane hose. Turn on your propane tank and watch for bubbles to form.
How do I clean out my burner?
Disconnect the stove from the tank, then blow out the burner with either an air hose or a garden hose. This will push everything out that may be stuck inside the burner. (It is safe to do it either way.) You may also use a wire to help remove cobwebs from inside the burner. If you use a garden hose it is recommended that you allow the burner to dry before use.
How do I light my stove?
First make sure everything is tightened. Make sure to tighten the hose onto the stove with a wrench. Remove/open all lids and accessories from over burner. If using a long nose match, light match and place through lighting hole then turn on gas. If using a grill igniter, turn knob on stove to warm then push the ignitor button to light stove.
The inside of my lid appears to have the paint peeling off.
The inside of the casting was never painted when the unit was manufactured. As a barbecue is used and the food drippings and sauces burn, there will be a certain amount of carbon (smoke) that builds up on the inside of the castings. The carbon may peel off in time. This build up can be cleaned off with a stiff brush and degreaser.
My Weber grill is experiencing excessive flare-ups. What could cause that?
Food drippings coming into contact with the hot flames of the burner cause flare-up. Some flare-up is normal, but excessive flare-ups are most often caused by a build up of grease catching fire. To avoid large flare-ups, or possible grease fires, it is best to keep the briquettes (or Flav-R-Cast"/Flav-R-Wave") clean by flipping them over periodically. The heat of the burner will burn off any excess grease on the bottom side. Also, ensure that the bottom of the casting is kept clean of any grease or cooking debris.
The regulator on my propane gas grill is occasionally humming. What could cause this?
Most propane grill regulators use a rubber diaphragm to control the amount of fuel allowed to the control valves. If the propane tank has been overfilled, or it is a hot day outside, it is possible for this rubber diaphragm to vibrate. As it vibrates, it creates a humming noise. This noise, although annoying, is perfectly safe, and will go away in time.
Which are better, cast iron or porcelain-enamel cooking grates?
Both grate types have their merits, so it is mostly a matter of personal preference. Cast iron grates give you better sear marks, and hold the heat longer so you don't have to cook with higher temperatures. Cast iron grates have a longer warranty, but require more maintenance. Porcelain grates are durable, give wide grill marks and require less maintenance.
Why is it important to season cast iron grids?
Just like a cast iron frying pan it is necessary to season, and re-season, cast iron cooking grids. The oil will help protect the porcelain coating, decrease sticking, and protect the grids from rusting.
Why is cast iron considered better for cooking grids?
Although we consider all of our cooking grids to be of high quality and performance, cast iron is a much heavier metal then most barbecue cooking grids. Because of its high density, it is very effective for searing most meats, such as steak, chicken, and hamburgers. The grids are multi-level and have channeled grooves to allow extra grease and juices to run off.
Why do I have a YELLOW flame and how can I fix it?
A yellow flame can be caused by two things: bad air/propane mixture, or a dirty burner. Try adjusting the air vent, the silver round disk behind the control knob. This will allow more/less air to be mixed with the propane and will generally result in a blue flame (blue flame with yellow tips is good).
If you have tried adjusting your air vent and still have a yellow flame you will need to clean out your burner. Please note that even brand new burners can be clogged, by dust or other particles from storage or transit. To clean out your burner simply take an air compressor, and stick it in the air vent. This will flush out any problems that may be clogging the burner. If an air compressor is not readily available a garden hose may be used instead. However, with a garden hose you will need to dump the water out of the burner and wait approximately one half hour for the stove to dry, before the stove can be used.