If you want to keep cooking up a storm with your Traeger Flat Top Grill, it's essential to make sure it stays clean and well-maintained.
You should clean your Flat Top Grill after or before each cook. We recommend it after when the griddle is still hot as it makes it easier.
Clean your Flat Top Grill and replace the grease keg liner regularly. Never remove the grease keg until the Flat Top Grill has completely cooled.
Do not close the lid when operating or hot. Let the Flat Top Grill cool completely before closing.
To clean your Flat Top Grill, you will need the following:
Pro Tip: Your Flat Top Grill needs to be re-seasoned after each cook. Save time by doing both steps at the same time.
2. Using a scraper, scrape the entire cooking surface clean, directing any bits of food, grease, and water into the grease chute. Repeat as needed until all debris has been removed.
3. Apply a thin layer of Traeger® Flat Top Grill Seasoning & Cast Iron Conditioner or a high-smoke-point oil like canola, grapeseed, or flax oil. The conditioner must cover the whole cooking surface (including the walls and edges).
PRO TIP: Be sure to condition the side walls of your cooktop for added protection and rust prevention.
4. Turn all knobs to the OFF (o) position, close the lid, and turn the propane tank valve closed. Closing the propane tank valve after every cook is best practice for safe storage.
To clean the body of the Flat Top Grill, turn off the grill and let it cool.
Once the Flat Top Grill is cool, use a cloth or paper towel and Traeger® All Natural Cleaner to wipe any messy areas on the Flat Top Grill body.
DO NOT use Traeger® All Natural Cleaner or any other cleaning solution on the cooking surface.
5. If needed, empty the EZ-Clean Grease Keg and install a new Traeger® keg liner.
6. Once the Flat Top Grill is completely cool, cover it with a Traeger® Flat Top Grill Cover.
A good initial seasoning and post-cook seasonings are crucial for preventing rust; however, if your Flat Top Grill becomes rusty, follow these steps:
1. Use a green scouring pad and water to remove rust. If rust cannot be removed with the green scouring pad, you can use 220-grit sandpaper to remove rust from affected areas.
2. Using water and a cloth, wipe off all of the rust residue. The cooktop should be free of any loose debris created in Step 1.
Wipe up all water from this process with a clean, dry towel or cloth. Before performing Step 3, make sure no water is present on the cooking surface. Do not attempt to evaporate the excess water by heating the grill.
3. Re-season your cooktop
Sometimes grime and/or insect debris such as spider webs accumulate in the burner tube or portholes, especially after periods of non-use or storage. A clogged tube can lead to poor performance or fire beneath the appliance.
1. Remove the burners from the Flat Top Grill by unscrewing the two fasteners on the burner brackets. With the burner removed, insert a pen/pencil into the clogged burner inlet hole to clear out any debris that may have accumulated.
2. When storing the Flat Top Grill or before an extended period of nonuse, remove the burners and wrap them with aluminum foil to reduce the risk of insects entering the burner holes.
Remove all foil before you reattach the burners and use the Flat Top Grill again.
Your Flat Top Grill can be stored in two orientations:
Use the Traeger® Flatrock Flat Top Grill Cover for protection when storing. When using the Traeger Flatrock® Flat Top Grill Cover, the shelves must be folded down.
If living in a region with temperatures that go below -20°F/-29°C, store the Flat Top Grill in a warmer area like your garage during those colder times of the year.