How to Properly Clean Your MAK Grill

A popular topic in the pellet grilling community is how to properly clean your pellet grill. Almost every MAK grill owner has witnessed their grill’s transformation from shiny to grimy. Most of us can remember the day we first constructed our MAK like it was yesterday. After construction is complete, you’re finally able to put your tools down and just stare at it. It sits there majestically in your backyard, the sunlight gleaming off the surface as it beckons you to fire it up and start cooking.

Eventually, after countless days of grilling, the shine begins to fade. Each part becomes coated in a slick layer of grease, the grates are crusted with charred bits of smokey residue and the sides begin to fade to a rich charcoal color. To us, all this grime is a work of art because a dirty grill is a well-loved grill. We do, however, understand that not everyone shares this viewpoint. Some would much rather keep their grill in that initial shiny state for as long as possible. That’s why we’ve provided you with answers to all your MAK grill cleaning inquiries!

Which Cleaners Should I Use?

We’ve tried out a variety of cleaners on the MAK in order to see which types work the best without any long term negative effects. After years of testing different products and collecting customer feedback, these are our top picks:

  1. Mild soap and detergent
  2. Mr. Muscle
  3. Bar Keeper’s Friend
  4. Weiman Stainless Steel Wipes

* Important: Do not use commercial degreasers or corrosive oven cleaners—anything corrosive that drips onto the powder coat will cause it to fail. 

Which Tools Should I Use?

Some grease stains are harder to clean than others. We know the frustration of scrubbing and scrubbing until your arm aches and still not making any progress. The type of tool you use to clean your MAK grill can make a huge difference. Here are our top cleaning tool picks:

  1. Soft bristle brush
  2. Stainless steel brush
  3. Steel wool
  4. Nylon scouring pad.
  5. Putty knife for cleaning out the grease trough around the FlameZone pan.

Important: Steel brushes can cause serious bodily injury if a bristle gets into your food and is accidentally ingested. Never leave your steel tools outside in the rain where they can oxidize and never use one that has any sort of rust on it.

Can I Pressure Wash My Pellet Grill?

Yes, you can! We feel that it’s easiest to first pull out the components and pressure wash them individually, then wipe down the body with one of the recommended cleaners listed above. If you really want to pressure wash the body itself, we’d recommend removing the Pellet Boss and all electrical components before washing. We do want to caution that the pressure washing process can be very messy, so make sure you do it outside or somewhere you can easily clean up afterward.

How Often Should I Clean My Pellet Grill?

Honestly, you can clean it as much or as little as you want. Some pellet grill owners wash it after every cook. We realize that’s not always realistic, especially after a full day of smoking. It really depends on your own personal cleaning preferences. As mentioned above, we personally prefer our grills on the dirtier side. Each grease stain and leftover charred bit reminds us of all our glorious smokes. Also, the leftover smoked bits can add a little extra flavor to future meals!

Extra Tips for Cleaning Your Pellet Grill

Here are a few Extra Tips for Cleaning Your Pellet Grill.

  • When cleaning your commercial thermocouple, be sure not to bend or break it; clean with a nylon scouring pad or steel wool.
  • Regularly scrape your grill grates and empty your firepot after 10-20 normal (short or hot’n’fast) cooks or 1-3 long (low’n’ slow) cooks to avoid grease fires or excessive ash.
  • You may need to soak some of your removable components in water before trying to remove large or baked-on deposits of food.