We recommend cleaning the grill after every 2-3 cooks – at least every 20 hours of cooking. However, you may need to clean it out more often when cooking greasier foods or after a long cook. Keeping your grill clean isn’t only about appearances. It’s necessary for proper grill maintenance. A clean grill is more sanitary and ensures that your grill will work the way you want it to.
How you clean a grill:
- Spray the grill grate and inside the chimney with an all-natural degreaser/cleaner
- Remove and clean both sides of the grill grates using a cleaning cloth or heavy-duty paper towels. Avoid using wire brushes, which can damage the grates.
- Dispose of old foil or drop tray liners.
- Remove and wipe down the drip tray and the heat baffle
- Vacuum the inside of the grill and the firepot thoroughly
- Empty the hopper and vacuum out any sawdust from the hopper and the auger tube
- Scrub the inside of the chimney using a cleaning cloth or heavy-duty paper towels
- Spray the inside and outside of the grill with the all-natural degreaser/cleaner and allow to soak for several minutes before wiping clean with a paper towel or cleaning cloth.
- Do NOT clean the Thermocouple or RTD unless there is a visual build-up on it that needs to be removed.
- While we recommend Traeger All Natural Cleaner, you may also use any non-chemical or a mixture of diluted dish soap, water, and vinegar.
- Reinsert all components, including the heat baffle, drip tray, drip tray liners/foil, new buckets liners, and the grill grates, and you are all set!