Steve, that is actually NOT paint on the underside of the lid.I had the same exact thing on my Weber, so I called them about it. They said that it was actually just the grease/smoke that gets baked into the top of the grill from all the cooking. After scraping and further inspection, I agreed with them!They were funny about it though. They said, "of course it is not paint, we wouldn't let that happen at Weber".
Thanks Brian!Thats a great comment.
I just Googled that and found this on the Weber Grill site:"Q. I see what I think is peeling paint inside the lid of my grill! What should I do?A. Don't worry, it ain't paint. The inside surfaces of our grill lids are not painted; they are coated with a baked-on porcelain enamel which cannot peel. What you are noticing is a deposit of grease and smoke that collects during normal use. During use, the grease and smoke vapors slowly oxidize into carbon and collect on the inside of your lid. This deposit will eventually peel, and looks very similar to paint. The peeling normally starts in the center of the lid and spreads outward. It may come off in sheets or flakes, and is shiny on one side and dull on the other. These carbon deposits are non-toxic, but you might want to regularly remove the build-up. Fortunately, the peeling is easy to remove. Simply brush off all loose particles with a brass brush before you start grilling. To prevent future build-up, after every grilling session, while the grill lid is warm—not hot—wipe it with paper towels or a mild soap-and-water solution. "http://www.weber.com/bbq/pub/support/charfaq.aspx
I love Weber as company! I've called them on two occasions, and spoke to a PERSON in no time at all. I won't buy any other brand (if I even ever need to buy another grill!)
Hey Steve, so interestingly enough, I used to sell Weber grills when I worked for my parents at their hardware store. I tend to know a lot about them. the other Brian is right that it's not paint, and it is Weber's #1 note on their FAQs on their website.Two, it's a shame you're not using the porcelain-coated cooking grate, Weber specially designed them to put a great sear on your food, plus if you have a quality brass brush, they're easy to clean. I never take mine out of the grill, I just heat it up, scrape off the last meal, close the lid for a few more minutes, then toss tonight's dinner on it. Whatever's left on the grates adds to the flavor.The downside to your disposable approach is a) it's disposable, b) don't get the good sear marks, c) since the holes in the mesh are smaller, it interferes with the drippings— the bars beneath your cooking grates (called "flavorizer bars") are designed to catch drippings, and "vaporize" them, and send the flavor back into your food. D) Using cooking spray on the mesh directly increases your chance for a fire, esp if you spray it when it's hot. Weber recommends putting a little cooking oil directly on your food to reduce sticking, plus porcelain doesn't stick as much as cast iron or stainless steel.Another thing I was thinking about (perhaps I should make this comment into my own blog post) is that this is a trouble with all our new media tools: someone can make a post like this and scare people about getting paint in their food, without fact checking. and cause the customers and the company stress.Not that old media's never made a mistake, but usually there's some sort of editorial control. Of course, I too have been guilty of jumping the gun in a post, and having to retract a statement, too.Just some thoughts. Also, a good idea as to why to have a good local relationship with a small business. Can't get this kind of info a Home Depot, plus they sell custom Weber grills, with downgraded parts! Beware!
Thanks Brian. I updated the main post ot point people to the comments...Thanks again.