You might be surprised to see paint or some other surface finish flaking inside your grill lid. In the instance that you notice something peeling or flaking on the inner surface of your grill lid, don’t panic! this means it’s time to clean things up and take care of the problem.
So “Why is the inside of the grill lid peeling?”
Typically paint peeling on the lid is carbon flakes caused by just fatty food or grease that has stuck to the inside of the grill lid. With a little bit of elbow grease and patience, you can easily remove the peeling from inside the grill lid.
To find out more about what is the peeling or flaking on the inside of the grill lid and how to clean the peeling inside of the grill lid, read this article.
Why is the inside of grill lid peeling or flaking?
The inside of a grill lid peeling is a concerning issue to many, but the severity of the issue isn’t as bad as it may seem. Most people believe that peeling or flaking on the grill lid is ‘paint’ coming off the grill lid.
But the truth is, many grill companies like Weber don’t apply any paint or finish to the inside of their grill lid. The inside grill lid of many barbecues is coated with a baked-on enamel that holds up to high heat and doesn’t break down so it is safe to use.
As you use your grill, vapors, and grease from the grilling process can build-up to the point where it starts creating a deposit on the inside of your grill lid. That “paint” is actually the result of grease and smoke residue building up over time. When it’s thick enough, the stuff flakes off and looks like black paint.
This deposit is called Carbonized Grease. Carbonized grease, also known as carbon grease, is the black gunk that builds up when fat is heated to high temperatures.
The inside of the grill lid can become hard and start to peel off at the high heat of a grill.
And while not as harmful to your health as chips of paint, these char flakes won’t do much for the appearance of your BBQ. Luckily, cleaning your grill is usually pretty quick & easy. Just give it ten minutes with a good brush and some degreaser.
The vast majority of people are familiar with a type of grease that is a gooey, oily substance. Carbonized grease, on the other hand, isn’t oily or gooey. This material is thin and glossy on one side, while the other side has a matte finish.
The carbonized grease is non-toxic but not particularly palatable. So, if some peel drops off from inside the grill lid and onto your food while you’re grilling, the worst you’ll have is an unattractive meal.
Cleaning the INSIDE OF grill LID PEELING/Flaking
On my Weber, the grill lid is made up of porcelain. And you can use some aluminum foil and create a ball and scrub off the flakes from the inside the grill lid. The aluminum is soft which means it won’t scratch or damage the porcelain coating.
If the lid is made from stainless steel or has a powder coating, contact the manufacturer for recommendations. You can remove most of the paint peeling by using soapy water and a rag. Cleaning the stubborn carbon grease can be done by following these steps.
- Use a stain less steel barbecue grill brush with wire bristles and remove any build up you can find. This step will remove most of the accumulated carbonized grease and will help loosen the dirt before you scrape.
- Next, a plastic scraping brush can be used to remove carbonized grease that was not removed by the brush.
- In order to break down the remaining grease, spray the grill lid with a light degreaser or oven cleaner. Next, fill the pot with warm water and add soap, and wipe the inside of the grill lid.
Be careful about using any chemicals since it’s inside your cooking chamber. The manufacturer might be the best one to ask about this topic, but it seems like most oven cleaners are safe to use.
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Why is the lid of my weber gas grill peeling off?
The inside of a gas grill lid peeling is a concern for many, but it’s not as serious as you might think. Most people believe that the issue is grill paint peeling inside.
The truth is that many grill companies don’t even paint the inside of the grill lid. The surface within most barbecues is coated with a baked-on enamel which proves its strength in high heat, durability, and protection.
It is probably flakes of carbon, generally found on the surface of cast iron cookware. They come off in thick gooey bits that look like black paint.