Spring Cleaning? Let’s go over the basics of keeping your Primo ceramic grill at its peak performance.
Each time it is used charcoal creates a small amount of ash. You will need to remove the ash to maintain proper air flow, depending on the type of grilling you do and the size of the Primo grill. Prior to removing the ashes, the charcoal must be completely extinguished.
Options for Removing the Charcoal:
1. Place a metal bucket under the draft door and carefully shovel out the charcoal ashes with the ash tool into the bucket. (Visit Anderson’s for a metal bucket and/or ash tool)
2. Take out the fire and cooking grate, then use a shop vac to remove the ashes from the grill.
3. Remove the internal components and use a ash tool to remove the ashes.
Cleaning the Exterior of Ceramic Grill
Use a solution of mild detergent and water or glass cleaner with a paper towel to remove dirt and grime on the ceramics and hardware. Medium grade pad of steel wool can be used to remove surface rust if it should appear on unfinished hardware. Brush a small amount of rust inhibiting paint (gloss black) for painted grill parts.
Cleaning the Interior of Ceramic Grill
Over time the interior of your grill will blacken with a substance called "creosote". Creosote is the natural result of using charcoal and does not need to be removed unless the build-up begins to flake off. Mildew or mold may develop, if you live in an area with high humidity and do not use your grill for an extended period. Because your Primo grill works like a self-cleaning oven, mold and creosote can easily be removed:
1. Simply heat the grill to +500°F for half and hour and allow the grill to cool completely.
2. Carefully, remove the internal components of the grill
3. Brush the interior of the grill with a soft brush.
4. In the bottom of the grill, remove the collected residue that collects
5. Place the internal components.
Cooking Grate Cleaning
The best method for keeping food from sticking to the grate is a porcelain coated cooking grate.
On a cold or slightly warm grill run a half of a lemon over the cooking grates and wipe with a paper towel to remove soft food residue. Alternatively, use Primo's Grate Cleaning Bar to food residue on the top, sides and bottom of the cooking grate rods. Because it can damage the porcelain coating, never use a standard wire grill brush.
Top Vent Cleaning
A greasy build up around the daisy wheel and on top of the vent may appear, if you do lots of low temperature cooking. A clean cloth can be used to clean off the build-up, while the top vent is very warm.
Over time the gasket material where the base and dome meet on the grill will degrade. Depending on the amount of cooking you do it may need to be replaced every few years. To replace the gaskets, simply purchase a gasket replacement kit and follow kit instructions. Gasket replacement takes about 30-45 minutes.
Extended and Off Season Storage
A grill cover is recommended for outdoor and indoor storage during extended periods of non-use.
"Flash Back" Prevention
When cooking at high, hot temperatures you may completely seal off one or both of the air vents on the grill. If the Primo dome is lifted under these circumstances, oxygen will be rapidly pulled into the grill by the heated charcoal and create a rush of white heat from the grill known as a "flash back", which may cause a burn injury. To prevent a potentially dangerous flash back:
1. Carefully reopen both air vents completely (bottom draft door and top door) and wait 10 seconds.
2. Open the grill dome 1/2 in.for 3 seconds, and then it can be safely opened fully.
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