Omega Charcoal Care and Maintenance
Lining the Ash Pan
Line the ash pan with aluminium foil. This will protect the pan, help better reflect heat, and make cleaning easier when barbecuing is finished.
Running in the Barbecue (Before each use)
To help prevent food from sticking to the grill, please use a long handled brush to apply a light coat of cooking or vegetable oil before each barbecuing session.
Flare-ups occur when meat is barbecued and its fat and juices fall upon the hot charcoal. Smoke helps give food its barbecued flavour, but avoid excessive flare-up to prevent food being burned. To control flare-ups, it is advisable to trim away excess fat from meat and poultry before grilling. Flare-ups can be extinguished by applying baking soda or a salt directly onto the charcoal. Always protect your hands when handling anything near the cooking surface of the barbecue.
If a fat fire should occur in the ash pan, wait for the fire to go out. Do not attempt to remove the ash pan or douse with water.
Care and Maintenance
Clean your barbecue after use, especially before extended periods of storage. Ensure the barbecue and its components are sufficiently cool before cleaning.
- Never douse the barbecue with water when its surfaces are hot.
- Never handle hot parts with unprotected hands.
In order to extend the life and maintain the condition of your barbecue, we strongly recommend that the unit be covered when left outside for any length of time, especially during the winter months. A full range of heavy-duty Outback® covers is available for all models. Do not leave the barbecue exposed to outside weather conditions or stored in damp, moist areas.
Even when your barbecue is covered for its protection, it must be inspected on a regular basis as damp or condensation can form which may result in damage to the barbecue. It may be necessary to dry the barbecue and the inside of the cover. Any rust that is found that does not come into contact with the food should be treated with a rust inhibitor and painted with barbecue paint or a heat resistant paint. Wooden parts may also need to be cleaned and re oiled. Chrome plated warming racks etc. should be coated with cooking oil.
Cooking Grill and Warming Rack
Clean with hot, soapy water. To remove any food residue, use a mild cream cleaner on a non-abrasive pad. Rinse well and dry thoroughly. We do not recommend cleaning grills in a dishwasher.
After every use, check the pan for ash or fat build-up on the aluminium foil. Discard the ash and foil, and wash any remaining ash or fat from the pan. Failure to clean thoroughly may cause fat fires. These fires can severely damage your barbecue and are not covered by the warranty.
Regularly remove excess grease or fat from the barbecue body with a soft plastic or wooden scraper. It is not necessary to remove all the grease from the body. If you need to clean fully, use hot soapy water and a cloth, or nylonbristled brush only.
Use a non-abrasive cloth or pad and clean with hot, soapy water. Do not use scouring pads or powders as they can permanently damage the finish.
The wood used in the manufacture of your barbecue is a hardwood suited to outdoor use, provided it is treated with Teak oil or similar after assembly and on a regular basis thereafter. Hardwood will naturally weather and change its appearance. It is quite natural for small cracks to appear on the surface of the wood.
All screws and bolts, etc. should be checked and tightened on a regular basis.