How Should I Care for my Charcoal Grill?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Niki Foster
  • Last Modified Date: 20 February 2019
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Taking proper care of your charcoal grill will not only make it more enjoyable to use, but will also help to extend its life. Start by cleaning your charcoal grill on a regular basis, after each use. To make clean up easy, keep a wire grill brush, soap-filled steel wool pads, and dish soap close at hand. You'll also need a sponge or a clean absorbent cloth.

After each grilling session, clean your charcoal grill grate. Be sure to wait for the coals to die out before doing so. Start by using your grill brush to remove any loose particles from the still-warm grill grate.

When a more thorough cleaning is needed, use a wet, soap-filled steel wool pad to clean your cooking grate. Be careful to avoid applying too much pressure when scrubbing your grill. Follow up by rinsing and drying your grill grate.

Once you are sure that the coals are completely cool, remove the ashes from the bottom of your charcoal grill. Taking the time to perform this step will help to keep the air flowing well the next time you decide to use your grill. This should be done after each use.


Each time you cook on your grill, burn the residue off of the interior afterwards. By doing so, you can greatly reduce the amount of time you spend cleaning it. On an as needed basis, clean the inside and outside of your charcoal grill with warm, soapy water. Give the lid the same treatment.

Use your grill brush to remove flakes and other easy-to-remove particles. When necessary, use a soapy steel wool pad. Avoid pressing too hard, however, as doing so may scratch the surface of your charcoal grill.

To protect your charcoal grill from the elements, it may be wise to purchase a grill cover. A grill cover can protect your grill from harsh weather, bird droppings, and sap from overhanging trees. As an alternative, store your charcoal grill in a shed, garage, or other dry place when it’s not in use.



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