Cleaning your BBQ inside and out
Tucker Stainless Steel BBQs & Stainless Steel Furniture Range are made from 304 grade stainless steel, also known as commercial grade or hospital grade stainless steel.
It withstands ordinary rusting in architecture, is resistant to most food processing environments, and resists organic chemicals, dye and food stuffs along with a wide variety of inorganic chemicals. It is used extensively in consumer products and appliances, and equipment for domestic and commercial kitchens, hospitals, transportation and waste water treatment.
However, as with any item left permanently outside, stainless steel requires regular maintenance to keep it looking as new. Although stainless steel is generally resistant to corrosion, the surface is susceptible to cosmetic deterioration by the effects of salt water and air-borne chemicals and this may result in small brown spots appearing on its surface (this process is likely to be accelerated in coastal areas). These spots are also known as “Tea Staining” and in no way affect the strength or longevity of the product, they are simply superficial discolora
To remove brown spots or rust marks we recommend Never Dull wadding polish, by Eagle One. These marks can be easily cleaned by gently rubbing the surface of the stainless steel in the direction of the brushed finish with the Never Dull wadding and then the residual wiped off with a paper towel.
Stainless steel looks best if it's cleaned regularly with fresh water and then dried afterwards to make sure streaky marks aren't left behind. Keeping the surface clean will also help the self repairing charactor of stainless steel to stop the tea staining.
For stubborn stains you can use mild detergent and a cloth or soft brush. You can also use a 1% ammonia solution, but be sure to rinse it properly afterwards. You can remove finger prints or grease marks with stainless steel polish or a light coat of baby oil works as well. Sticky labels or any glue on the surface could trap dirt and cause tea staining, remove them as soon as possible. Eucalyptus oil works well to remove adhesives residuals.
Cast Iron Plates and Grills
Cast iron is a very porous metal and so washing the cast iron will cause it to rust. It is best to scrub the surfaces with a scraper or wire brush to remove any food scraps or loose flaking cast iron. Then wipe the surface over with some cooking oil and a paper towel.
The oil protects the surface from rusting due to moisture from rain or dew. If you do wash the cast iron then make sure you dry them thoroughly and the best way is to put them back on the bbq and heat them up for 5 minutes and evaporate the moisture from them. Once they have cooled rub them over with cooking oil to seal the surface from moisture otherwise the surface will go rusty.
Stainless Steel Plates and Grills
Tucker have produced stainless steel plates and grills which are impervious from water so you can wash them as much as you like. Be careful to still dry them after washing as surface rust can still appear on stainless steel, it isn’t bullet proof it just stains less than steel.
Our slimline drip trays in our new Tucker BBQs don't need fat absorb, just to be rinsed regularly. This simple stainless steel cassette draw in the middle of the bbq allows oil and grease to drain into. The grease tray can be rinsed in the sink after each use and even put in the dishwasher if you want. There is no need for sand or anything in the tray just rinse it after each use so it remains clean.
Drip trays on most other BBQs and full tray Tuckers should be lined with river sand or special fat absorbent found at BBQ stores. The use of beach sand will cause the trays to rust out quickly due to the salt in the sand.
It’s a good idea to clean the drip tray out frequently but it depends on the oil content in the food you are cooking. Rats and cockroaches love to frequent drip trays and this is the reason Tucker have designed our new system for oil collection.
Fat fires are one of the biggest problems with the large sand filled drip trays as people find it a difficult job to clean them, so they don’t do it often enough. They can get so full of grease that they catch on fire from heat or a small piece of meat that sets it alight. This is a sure way to damage your BBQ!
- James Brechney