Napoleon barbecues are built to last. From their solid design, and high-quality stainless steel, a Napoleon owner is sure to get years of rewarding meals. Just like any other appliance though, your grill needs periodic care and maintenance.
Don’t get caught with a grease fire!
Check your drip pan. This pan will slide out, and you can easily scrape off whatever build-up has dried and collected on it. Checking and cleaning this once a week is suggested; but suggest
Keep an eye on your drip tray. This is the small aluminum tray that collects the grease that drips down from the tray above. These are disposable and only cost a few dollars for a pack of five. Tip: Put a few drops of water in the bottom, and a single tray will last you a long time!
Clean your grills before and after you grill. A grill brush is a must. Burning off the debris that has collected while you cook is a great step, and you see those tough-to-scrape leftovers easily peel away after being cooked on high-heat for a little bit longer.
Few things can be as rewarding as the result of a spring and fall deep clean on your barbecue. This spring, I tackled our Napoleon to remove all of the build up that remained from late season cooking.
Take the pieces of the barbecue apart that you feel comfortable doing so, but don’t be timid about removing the main portions – the rack, the grills, the sear plates, the guard, drip pan and the burner constitute almost the entire barbecue, and are all pieces that are easily removed (and replaced). Don't forget the holes in your sear plates should be near the front - this allows for the heat to distribute evenly throughout and can cause problems if put in backwards.
After I had removed all of the above pieces, I noticed that the collector box and its accompanying electrode just needed a good brushing and that was all I did to get my spark igniting in the proper place again. I lacked a brush to venturi brush to put through the burner, as well as the included pin to clean out the burner holes, so I brushed it down on the outside and poked a pin through any of the holes that had build-up collecting on it.
All the other pieces (which were made from stainless steel) I let soak in a bucket of vinegar and water. To get that even deeper clean, vinegar and baking soda with an overnight soak with clean them even better. While these soaked, I finished cleaning the rest of the barbecue by scraping and scrubbing the inside container, cleaning the shelves with stainless steel cleaner. With a good stainless cleaner, a damp cloth, and a dry one to polish, you can have the outside of your barbecue looking like new! Do the same to your lid if it’s stainless, but if you have a porcelain lid, a damp cloth should do the trick. Take it a step further by adding a drop of dish soap to a bucket of water, or by using White Off (the same stuff used on a electric stove glass top).
Additional tip: If vinegar and water doesn’t seem to do the trick, try putting them in a bag (check for holes!) and adding baking soda with the vinegar. (For everyone thinking of science-class volcano projects - yes - some barbecues may need a volcanic reaction in order to get it clean!) Put the bag in your tub overnight in case of any spilling, and in the morning, that seemingly permanent build-up should wipe off and leave your stainless looking almost brand new.
Cleaning and realize that you need parts for your Napoleon barbecue. In addition to the full line-up of Napoleon barbecues, we keep a large stock of parts - from burners to piezo ignitor buttons to collector boxes - and can order in many parts for any that we may not have. Come visit us in Wyoming, Ontario, or call 519-845-9915 with any questions or concerns.