Majority Of Barbecue Owners Plan To Fire Up The Grill This Victoria Day Weekend

    Weber(R) Shares Spring Cleaning Tips To Get Your Grill Into Shape This

    TORONTO, April 23 /CNW/ - When it comes to spring cleaning, barbecues
should be no exception. With the first official long weekend approaching,
Weber-Stephen Products Co., the world's leading barbecue grill and grilling
accessories manufacturer, has some barbecue tune-up and maintenance tips to
get you ready for the grilling season and to help add years of life to your
    In fact, the majority of Canadian barbecue owners (79%) plan to use their
grill this Victoria Day long weekend, reports the recent Weber Canadian
GrillWatch(TM) Survey completed in March 2007.
    Toronto-based Leger Marketing, on behalf of Weber-Stephen Products Co.,
conducted a telephone survey and grilled Canadians about their barbecue likes,
dislikes, and grill maintenance skills. Fifteen-hundred consumers nationwide
aged 18 and over participated in the annual survey. Some key findings to note:

    Spring Cleaning Surprises:

    -   Smokers are the cleanest! It's strange but true. Weber's survey
        revealed that Canadians who own smokers give their barbecue a spring
        cleaning and tune-up more often than any other barbecue owner (100%).

    -   Gas grills are as easy to clean as 1, 2, 3! Everyone is in agreement
        (even those who prefer charcoal barbecues), that gas barbecues are
        easier to clean (67%).

    -   Quebec vs. The Prairies - whose grills are cleanest? Grill owners in
        Quebec are the most likely to give their barbecues a thorough spring
        cleaning and tune-up (76%), whereas those living in the Prairies are
        least likely (65%).

    Gas Grill Cleaning Tips

    To help gas grill owners in all parts of the country prepare for the
grilling season, Weber offers the following recommended list of tips to get
you started:

    Store these tools close to your grill. A gas grillers toolbox should
include brass wire and stainless steel wire brushes, soap-embedded fine steel
wool pads, mild dish soap, sponge or dishcloth, plastic or Teflon(R) scraper,
1" putty knife, and fitted foil catch pan liners.

    Clean the cooking grates and Flavorizer(R) bars. Before or after
grilling, burn off any residue by simply turning the grill on high until the
smoke stops, then brush the cooking grates with a brass wire grill brush. This
should be enough to turn any accumulated debris to ashes. Occasionally
brushing the bars off with a brass grill brush or scraping them with a nylon,
plastic or Teflon-putty knife should be sufficient maintenance. Just be
careful not to gouge the porcelain-enamel finish.

    Change the catch pan liner. You can buy replacement drip pans from your
local barbecue dealer. These pans are made to fit the catch pan under the
bottom tray of your gas grill. Regularly changing the liner also discourages
animals from visiting your grill for a midnight snack.

    Remove smoke stains from the grill lid and side burner cover. Carefully
remove any smoke stains from the grill lid with a soapy, fine steel wool pad
and a very light touch. For the stainless steel side burner cover, use only
warm, soapy water and a sponge or dishcloth (even fine steel wool will scratch
it). Smoke stains are most likely to occur when your gas grill is new at the
seams of the lid, where the porcelain-enameled hood meets the endcaps. They
can also accumulate around the thermometer holder. These stains will stop
appearing after your grill has built up a natural seal from accumulated
cooking vapors.

    Clean the warming racks and control panel. A soapy, fine steel wool pad
will keep the warming racks clean and free of smoke stains and debris. It will
also remove grease spots and stains from the control panel, but use a very
light touch so as to not scratch the porcelain. Rinse thoroughly.

    Clean the bottom tray. Remove the cool (never hot!) bottom tray from
under the grill and place over a trash can. Carefully scrape the inside with a
1" putty knife or other straight, flat object. Push the residue out through
the bottom hole into the trash can. To deep clean the tray, use warm, soapy
water and a soapy, fine steel wool pad, being careful not to scratch the
porcelain finish. (NEVER line the bottom tray with foil, as grease can
accumulate in the creases in the foil and cause a grease fire.)

    Check all gas fittings and hoses for leaks. Make sure all burners are in
the off position. Turn on the gas supply. Do not ignite the burners while leak
checking. Check for leaks by wetting the connections with a soap and water
solution and watch for bubbles. If bubbles form, or if a bubble grows, there
is a leak. If a leak is detected, retighten the fitting with a wrench and
recheck for leaks again. If a leak persists, turn off the gas and do not
operate the grill - and call the grill manufacturer's customer service
department for guidance. When leak checks are complete, turn the gas supply
off at the source, and then rinse all connections with water.

    Never wax or paint the lid. The finish on your grill is baked-on
porcelain enamel, so you never have to wax or paint it. Just wipe the lid down
with warm, soapy water when it gets dusty or dirty. Easy!

    Never use oven cleaner on your gas grill. Oven cleaner is not friendly to
the painted surfaces of your grill; it can remove the paint.

    Charcoal Grill Cleaning Tips

    Weber's survey results demonstrate that taste (37%) and "quick to heat
up" (11%) are key barbecue preferences for charcoal owners. For those
dedicated charcoal lovers, including Quebecers (21%) and Atlantic Canadians
(21%), who are the most likely to prefer charcoal barbecues according to the
survey, here are some helpful hints to follow:

    Clean the cooking grate. After the coals have died out, brush off any
loose particles on the warm (not hot) cooking grate with a brass grill brush.
For more thorough cleaning, use a wet, soapy, fine steel wool pad with only
slight pressure. Rinse thoroughly and dry.

    Remove cold ashes from the bottom of the kettle. This prevents airflow
problems next time you grill. Ashes also absorb moisture, which may cause
premature rusting of the One-Touch(R) Cleaning System.

    Clean the inside and outside of the bowl and lid. If you allow cooking
residue to burn off the inside of your grill every time you use it, you
shouldn't have to work as hard at scrubbing the inside. You can simply brush
off flaking baked-on grease with a brass wire grill brush. If you want to get
your grill in sparkling condition, either inside or out, warm soapy water and
a sponge or dishcloth are usually sufficient. If necessary, lightly scrub the
porcelain-enameled parts with a soapy, fine steel wool pad. Be careful not to
scratch the porcelain.

    NOTE: Survey results have been compiled by Leger Marketing based on a
sample of 1,500 Canadian respondents age 18 and over who own an outdoor grill.

    Weber-Stephen Products Co., headquartered in Palatine, Ill., is the
premier manufacturer of charcoal and gas grills, grilling accessories and
other outdoor room products. In 1952, founder George Stephen sparked a
backyard revolution with his invention of the Weber(R) kettle. More than 50
years later, the family-owned company remains the industry leader with its
Weber(R), Weber(R) Q(TM), and Ducane(R) brands. As a leading exporter of
grills, Weber brand products are sold worldwide at selected home centres,
hardware stores, department stores, patio stores, and other retail outlets.
Weber has the strongest consumer outreach program in the industry with its
Weber Grill-Line(SM) (1-800-474-5568)(*), through its Canadian distributor
Onward Manufacturing (1-800-265-2150), and a content-rich website with
grilling tips, techniques, and original Weber recipes at

    (*) The Weber Grill-Line is closed on Christmas day.

For further information:

For further information: Theresa Stahl, (905) 336-5700,; Beth Merrick, (416) 654-9881,

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