How to clean our stainless Cookout BBQ’s

Cleaning stainless steel


Stainless steel as its names suggests 'stains less than steel' and needs to be cleaned regularly to prevent tea staining (a brown discolouration that forms on stainless surfaces) and rust.

Stainless is protected by a thin layer of chromium oxide. When dirt, salt and grease build up on this coating, it does not work properly and can lead to corrosion. Consistent upkeep and cleaning of your stainless BBQ is a necessity to keep it looking its best.

What type of stainless are our BBQ's made from?


Our Australian made BBQs are manufactured from high quality stainless steel.

The outer body and lids are built from 316 marine grade stainless; the BBQ plates are made using duplex grade stainless steel and, in the Eclipse the BBQ plate is cast iron with a glass enamel finish and the Epicure is duplex stainless with a glass enamel finish.

As the name suggests, 'stainless' steel stainless less then steel but it must be cleaned regularly.

Be sure to rub the BBQ in the same direction of the grain to achieve a uniform finish.

Cleaning your Cookout BBQ


We recommend that all exterior surfaces of your Cookout BBQ should be cleaned or wiped regularly to prevent tea-staining and to prolong the high finish of the stainless steel.

If the BBQ has not been cleaned for long periods, you may notice a brown discolouration starting to form on the stainless steel surfaces - this is called tea-staining and it can be prevented by following our cleaning guide below.

How to clean each BBQ model

Portable BBQ covers and storage bags


To further protect your portable Cookout BBQ we recommend using our specially designed, locally made, water resistant portable BBQ cover.

Made of high grade Nylex, which is a PVC coated polyester and UV treated material our portable BBQ cover is water resistant, highly durable, available in 3 colours and designed to be used with our gas and electric portable BBQ range.

If you are looking for a portable BBQ storage solution, we also offer large BBQ storage bags.

Cookout BBQs manufactured prior to 2015


If your Cookout BBQ was manufactured prior to 2015 then the gas control may need to be oiled / greased regularly to prevent it from becoming jammed or ceased (later model BBQ's have the addition off a stainless shroud and rubber grommet to protect the controls from ceasing). Remove the gas control by lifting up. Apply a small amount of lubricant grease around the shaft of the control, where it enters through the top of the control box. This will prevent the control from taking in water and corroding.

General BBQ external cleaning guide


A general guide to cleaning the external parts of your Cookout BBQ

  1. The exterior surfaces should be cleaned or wiped down regularly to prevent tea-staining and to prolong the high finish of the stainless steel.
  2. If tea-staining occurs, it should be attended to in the early stages as it will be much easier to remove. If left, it will gradually get worse until it turns to rust.
  3. Washing the exterior of the barbecue using a wet cloth and warm soapy water will help to remove general contamination found in the air such as dust, dirt, and salt. Do not pour water directly over the BBQ controls.
  4. When applied to the external surfaces, silicone-based polishes are ideal to help the stainless steel form a protective layer to prevent tea-staining and rusting. Apply and work the polish with a soft cloth then remove the polish with a second clean, soft cloth. Do not use silicone-based products on the cooking surface.
  5. The BBQ control should be oiled/greased regularly to prevent it from becoming jammed or ceased. Lift the gas control knob to remove it. Apply a small amount of lubricant grease around the shaft of the control where it enters through the top of the control box. This will prevent the control from taking in water and corroding.
  6. Don't forget to use your BBQ cover or bag when not in use (if applicable).

General stainless BBQ plate cleaning guide


A general guide to cleaning the stainless BBQ plate

  1. After cooking and while the BBQ plate is still hot, pour a small amount of water onto the plate. Do not have your hands or arms too close to the BBQ plate as the water will steam and may cause burns if too close.
  2. Let the water steam and scrape off excess burnt food with a BBQ scraper. Although the plate is extremely durable, care should be taken to avoid damage when using sharp utensils. Do not use steel wool.
  3. To remove burn marks, mix a small amount of white vinegar and water together and pour onto the plate. This is more effective while the BBQ plate is still warm and be careful if the BBQ plate is hot the vinegar solution will quickly evaporate causing an unpleasant acidic smell. Work this into the surface with a non-scratch scouring pad to bring the plate back to its original finish.
  4. Oven cleaner may be applied to the BBQ plate when it has cooled down. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions. The longer you leave the oven cleaner on the plate, the better it will work – 10 to 15 minutes is ideal. 

     Please Note: Blackening and burning of the stainless BBQ plate is normal and cannot be prevented when using the BBQ.

A few DO NOT's


Failure to properly maintain your Cookout BBQ will void all warranty

  • - DO NOT use steel wool. Steel wool is generally made from carbon steel and will damage the stainless steel surface leaving it prone to rusting.
  • - If using an abrasive pad make sure it is a green or blue Scotch-Brite or similar product. Be sure to rub the pad in the same direction of the grain to achieve a uniform finish.