How to Clean a Pellet Grill

How to Clean a Pellet Grill

So you’ve purchased a Pellet Grill because you know they deliver unbelievable flavour and high-quality performance, but are you getting the most of your Camp Chef Pellet Grill? One of the best things you can do for the longevity and performance of your pellet grill is to ensure you’re cleaning it properly.

Keepin’ it clean

It’s all about the Ash-Cleanout system when it comes to Camp Chef Pellet Grills. The Ash-Cleanout system is faster, easier and more intuitive than any other pellet grill on the market.

For an effortless and quick cleanup between cooks, all you have to do is pull a knob to empty the ash into the cup. It’s that easy but it’s important that you do it because it prevents extra ash from being blown around the grill (and on your food), it makes start-up faster and it prevents flame outs from occurring. 

You’ll also want to spot clean your pellet grill between cooks. This is as simple wiping away grease spots and food residue from the side shelf, and scraping down the grill grates and drip tray. 

Staying on top of quick cleans between cooks will prevent having to perform deeper cleans as often. We suggest a deep clean every 50 hours of cooking. So if you only cook on your pellet grill occasionally you may only need to clean your grill once every few months. If you’re anything like we are, and you use your pellet grill on a regular basis, then you’ll find you might need to do a deeper clean more often. 

Here’s how:

Exterior Clean 

  1. Always ensure your grill is unplugged from the power source and completely cool. 
  2. Empty the pellet hopper so that your pellets stay dry and avoid coming into contact with any cleaning products, because toxic, but also your food will taste like cleaner. You’ve been warned. 
  3. Wipe off any cleaning products with a clean paper towel or cloth. If you’re cleaning stainless steel wipe with the grain. If you’re cleaning a painted surface wipe in circles. 
  4. Repeat the process if there is any remaining grease. 
  5. Rinse thoroughly if you used soapy water. 
  6. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before reloading pellets and cooking. 

Interior Clean

Follow steps 1 and 2 as above before getting started. 

  1. Open the lid of your pellet grill and remove the cooking grate, extra racks, drop tray and heat diffuser plate. We recommend taking a picture of how these pieces are installed so that you can put them back after cleaning. 
  2. Use a vacuum with a hose detachment to remove any loose ash or debris. 
  3. Look for places where grease has built up and use a chain mail scrubber and plastic scraper to dislodge and remove it. 
  4. Use hot, soapy water and a cloth (preferably one you don’t mind throwing out after) to wash the interior of the grill and all of the attachments that you removed. 
  5. Allow it to dry for at least 24 hours before reassembling, reloading pellets and cooking.

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