All About Flavorizer Bars

One of the reasons that Weber gas grills work so well is because of a feature called Flavorizer bars. These are the inverted v-shaped pieces of steel that sit below the cooking grates and above the burner tubes.

Flavorizer bars serve four purposes:

  1. Prevent Flare-ups: Flavorizer bars quickly vaporize some of the grease that drips off the meat and sheds any excess into a drip pan below the bars. Lava rocks or other media allow grease to pool and flare-up.
  2. Even Heat Distribution: Flavorizer bars create even heating throughout the firebox.
  3. Protect The Burner Tubes: Flavorizer bars prevent debris from clogging the burner tube ports.
  4. Flavor & Aroma: The vaporized grease from Flavorizer bars adds to the aroma and flavor of grilled meats.

Types of Flavorizer Bars

Weber grills use two types of Flavorizer bars. Least expensive are porcelain enameled steel. Most expensive are 18-gauge stainless steel. Stainless steel Flavorizer bars are more expensive and will last longer, but both types will last a very long time.

Despite what you might assume, stainless steel Flavorizer bars are not rust-free. The marinades, salts, acids and high temperatures they are exposed to will cause rust to develop over time.


To clean the Flavorizer bars, start by burning off the grill at HIGH temperature for 15 minutes. This will turn most accumulated debris into ash. If you have cast iron grill grates, remove them before burning off the grill, otherwise you will burn the seasoning off the grates.

After 15 minutes, turn the grill off and let cool. Remove the bars and brush off any debris with a grill brush. A wide putty knife can also be used to scrape tough residue off the bars. Take this opportunity to clean the burner tubes, the inside of the firebox, and the drip pan.

Replace all the parts and your grill is ready to go. You may consider changing the order of the Flavorizer bars if you notice some wearing faster than others.

Flavorizer bars can be washed in hot, soapy water and scrubbed with SOS steel wool pads, but the burn-off method is easier. Weber says that citrus-based dish soaps should not be used.

Weber does not recommend using the dishwasher, oven cleaners, or a self-cleaning oven to clean Flavorizer bars.

When To Replace

Flavorizer bars do not need to be replaced until they rust through or burn through.

Know Your Model

To get the right set of replacement Flavorizer bars, make sure to know your grill’s model name and number. The dimensions of the bars and the number of bars (5, 7, 8, 11 or 13) will vary depending on the model.


Weber warrants porcelain enameled Flavorizer bars for 2 years and stainless steel Flavorizer bars for 5 years against rust through or burn through. Both tend to last several years longer than their warranties, depending on how often you grill.

Where To Buy

You can purchase original replacement Flavorizer bars at or other online retailers. They can also be purchased by calling Weber Customer Service at 800-446-1071.

There are also aftermarket sellers of replacement Flavorizer bars using heavier 16-gauge stainless steel available at

Grilled Eggplant

Eggplant grilled with SYD All-Purpose Rub
Eggplant grilled with SYD All-Purpose Rub

My wife Julie likes to make grilled eggplant. Grilling makes this bland veggie taste great and the process couldn’t be easier.

Pre-heat the grill on HIGH for 10 minutes, then brush the grates clean and reduce the temp to MEDIUM.

Cut the eggplant into 3/4″ slices. Brush with olive oil and season with salt & pepper or SYD All-Purpose Rub. Grill 2-3 minutes per side until you get some browning and nice grill marks.

Enjoy grilled eggplant by itself, as a side to grilled meats, or as an ingredient in other dishes like an orzo with grilled vegetable salad.

Cleaning Inside The Firebox

A couple of weeks ago we discussed repainting the outside of the firebox to restore it like new. It’s also possible to clean the inside of the firebox as part of a restoration project.

Assuming that you give your grill a thorough cleaning once or twice a year, there’s little you need to do to maintain the inside of your gas grill firebox. Just brush any loose material with a stiff bristle brush or scrape it with a putty knife and you’re good to go. But if you’re restoring an old, abused grill, you might want to do a deep cleaning.

Enter an angle grinder and a cup wire brush. That’s what TVWBB member AnthonyJ used when restoring the Weber Genesis Silver C shown in these photos.

Anthony removed all the parts inside the firebox and removed the firebox from the frame before cleaning the interior with that powerful wire brush.
Anthony removed all the parts inside the firebox and removed the firebox from the frame before cleaning the interior with that powerful wire brush.
This photo shows the firebox back on the grill frame, with burner tubes, igniters, and stainless steel Flavorizer bars going back into the firebox.
This photo shows the firebox back on the grill frame, with burner tubes, igniters, and stainless steel Flavorizer bars going back into the firebox.
New stainless steel grill grates complete the restoration.
New stainless steel grill grates complete the restoration.
All internal parts installed.
All internal parts installed.
Weber Genesis Silver C ready to go back into service for years to come.
Weber Genesis Silver C ready to go back into service for years to come.

Anthony spent $60 buying this grill and then replaced the following parts during the restoration:

  • Flavorizer bars
  • Burner tubes
  • Cooking grates
  • Caster wheels
  • Igniters
  • Misc screws
  • Plastic Hinge for the side burner cover

You can read more about Anthony’s restoration on The Virtual Weber Bulletin Board.

TVWGG Hot Dog Taste-Off: Final Results & Wrap-Up

Welcome to the TVWGG Hot Dog Taste-Off!


We’ve tasted all the hot dogs we’re going to taste for 2014…five divisions covering 16 all-beef dogs. If you’ve missed any of our taste tests, you can go back to the first installment for details on how we selected and judged the hot dogs and read details from each division taste-off.

Last time, Kirkland Signature beat Bar-S and Armour to take the win in the fifth and final Stray Dog Division. To wrap-up the taste-off, let’s summarize the results across all of the hot dogs we tasted and provide some closing comments.

Overall Results

Brand Price Weighted Score
Oscar Mayer $2.98 66.8572
Ball Park Deli Style $3.99 65.7372
Farmer John $3.64 64.5828
Open Nature Uncured $4.99 63.4172
Nathan’s Famous $2.98 62.88
Oscar Mayer Selects Angus Uncured $3.98 62.8572
Applegate The Great Organic Uncured $8.69 61.7028
Ball Park Angus $3.98 61.68
Kirkland Signature $10.99 61.12
Hebrew National $2.98 60.5828
Ball Park $2.98 58.2856
Bar-S $4.99 57.1428
Applegate The Great Organic Stadium $8.99 57.1428
Organic Prairie $8.99 52.5372
Armour $2.79 48.5372
Wellshire Organic $5.99 47.3828
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks

It turns out that the basic Oscar Mayer beef frank is the big winner, scoring higher than all other hot dogs in the taste test. And at $2.98 a package, they were among the least expensive hot dogs in the pack.


Here’s what we learned from tasting these 16 varieties of tube steak.

  • There are a lot of decent all-beef hot dogs out there. While there were a few stand-outs and a few bad dogs, most were decent with above average or very good scores. Personally, having tasted all these hot dogs, I would stick to the ones with scores of 60 or higher.
  • Appearance before grilling is not a good predictor of a tasty hot dog. While this was not part of our judging criteria, it’s interesting to note that some of the hot dogs that looked great before grilling did not taste great after grilling, and some of the more pale hot dogs grilled up beautifully and tasted very good.
  • Price is not a good predictor of a tasty hot dog. Some of the highest-rated dogs in our taste tests were among the least expensive. This may have to do with mass production and high sales volume for popular brands like Oscar Mayer and Kirkland Signature that drives the price down for a good quality hot dog.
  • Uncured non-organic hot dogs taste good. We got good results from the two hot dogs tasted in the Almost Organic Division that were cured using the sodium nitrate that occurs naturally in celery juice or celery powder.
  • Organic hot dogs were not superior. Highest-scoring Applegate The Great Organic Uncured was an expensive hot dog that finished 7th overall in the rankings. If buying organic hot dogs, do so for reasons other than taste.
  • There are taste differences between varieties within the same brand. We tasted three varieties of Ball Park hot dogs—regular, Angus, and Deli Style—and there were discernible differences in taste. In the case of Ball Park, the more expensive Angus and Deli Style dogs proved better than the regular variety. In the case of Applegate, the Stadium variety did not taste as good as the regular variety. In the case of Oscar Mayer, the regular variety tasted better than the Selects Angus variety.
  • Condiments level the playing field. Eating hot dogs on buns with condiments was not part of the judging, but we ate a lot of them that way after testing. Many of the subtleties you taste when eating a hot dog plain are lost when you wrap it in bread and smother it with condiments.
  • We’re tired of eating hot dogs. After tasting so many dogs in five rounds of testing, we’re ready for a break.

Thank you for joining us on this hot dog journey! Special thanks to everyone that provided comments and suggestions for hot dogs we should test in the future. Hopefully we’ll get to your favorite in 2015. We’ll broaden the tasting criteria to include dogs in natural casings, big 1/4 pound dogs, and some of the seasoned franks coming to market these days.

Now go eat some hot dogs and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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