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How are you cleaning your grill?

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How are you cleaning your grill?

I understand the safety concerns with the old wire brushes , but These new plastic bristle brushes are garbage.

How are you all cleaning you grill in between uses?
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fdl wrote: I understand the safety concerns with the old wire brushes , but These new plastic bristle brushes are garbage.

How are you all cleaning you grill in between uses?
"new" brushes. Stay clear of any brushes. Wood scrapper and maybe some crumpled aluminum foil. If they get really dirty I scrub them with an sos pad in the utility tub.

Once done apply a touch of oil
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The wood scraper is sufficient.
The secret is to clean it after each use or before you relight the BBQ. Food residue doesn't bake onto the grill until its cooled then reheated to high temps.

If you start with a clean grate then religiously clean it after you use it and before you relight the BBQ then you will be much happier.

Religiously. Do not break the streak.
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I still use the old wire brushes. After I'm done I get a soaking wet paper towel with tongues and wipe them down, then I get paper towel with oil and re-lube my 23 yr old cast iron grills.

Never a problem all these years...
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sunnybono wrote: I still use the old wire brushes. After I'm done I get a soaking wet paper towel with tongues and wipe them down, then I get paper towel with oil and re-lube my 23 yr old cast iron grills.

Never a problem all these years...
Same here. Wire brush that I soak in water. I brush the grilles while they are still hot, right after I cooked. Wipe with a clean paper towel and wipe with oily paper towel. I do find metal bristles in the tub when I clean it, but never had issues with bristles in food.
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blexann wrote: "new" brushes. Stay clear of any brushes. Wood scrapper and maybe some crumpled aluminum foil. If they get really dirty I scrub them with an sos pad in the utility tub.

Once done apply a touch of oil
This

We too have moved to a wood scraper ... after a close encounter with a wire brush bristle ... aka NEEDLE

It was a lucky miss, that it was caught while chewing and not swallowed.

Was enough to convince us to change methods

As @Quentin5 says the trick is being consistent in your cleaning ... got to do it EVERYTIME

Also oiling the grill is helpful before cooking.

We too occasionally take out the grills and give them a thorough soak, scrub & rinse.
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PointsHubby wrote: This

We too have moved to a wood scraper ... after a close encounter with a wire brush bristle ... aka NEEDLE

It was a lucky miss, that it was caught while chewing and not swallowed.

Was enough to convince us to change methods

As @Quentin5 says the trick is being consistent in your cleaning ... got to do it EVERYTIME

Also oiling the grill is helpful before cooking.
I have found oiling to be a mixed bag, a spray of Pam seems to help sticking only slightly while causing flameup.
We too occasionally take out the grills and give them a thorough soak, scrub & rinse.
Good idea.
One can also soak the grill for a couple hours in water and pressure wash it.
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Picked up a welding brush, on year 3 of it. Works well and the bristles are big, so they are big and hard to miss. I'll likely get a new one next year.
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sunnybono wrote: I still use the old wire brushes. After I'm done I get a soaking wet paper towel with tongues and wipe them down, then I get paper towel with oil and re-lube my 23 yr old cast iron grills.

Never a problem all these years...
Only needs to happen once...

Wood scraper over here as well.
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Light grill
When hot, scrape with wood scraper then spray with vegetable oil
Cook food
When done shut off gas, close burners, close lid

Repeat next time.
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Nylon bristle brushes work great for me. I use it immediately before grilling, followed by a generous application of peanut oil in a spritzer. Food doesn't really stick much, so the grills stay fairly clean. If you do have issues where your grills are a total mess due to neglect, just run it on max with the lid down for a while after grilling and it'll eventually burn the gunk to carbon. Once cool you can get it off easily.
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Method likely depends on what grill you have.

With Cast Iron you want to season the metal, with Stainless Steel you probably want to clean it to a shine each time.

I have cast iron and do it the same way @13inches does it. Quick scrape after it’s hot to get rid of the big bits, quick wipe of oil (if food isn’t fatty) and good to go.
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I decided to call Canadian BBQ Boys. They can't make it out until July 28th. I have a 20+ yr old Weber Genesis 1100 that I want a deep clean. Cost is $199 and lets see how it turns out!!!
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What is a good process for a deep clean? Broil king has a video as does Weber but a friend mentioned pressure washing everything… anyone else try this?
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I have a Weber with cast iron grids that have triangular elements. I use a cheap Richards window scraper to clean the flat sides of the elements and it works really well. I also use it to scrape grease from under the lid and the sides of the aluminum chassis. I have it under the BBQ and I also have one inside that is only used on the glass cooktop. I get the cheap replacement blades from Amazon.

https://www.rona.ca/en/richard-scraper- ... lsrc=aw.ds

I also have a brush with natural bristles - I'm not sure what they are made from, but it is holding up pretty well. It works better than the old wire ones that seemed to mat down quickly after use.

When the grill was new, I used to burn off grease and debris by running it on high for a time, but that seems so wasteful of gas. I rarely do that now. And I don't think that grids need to be pristine. A thin coating of grease prevents ever having rust.
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Before it's hot, I scrape of the bigger stuff with a metal spatula then the fine stuff off with a nylon brush. I use charcoal so everything that falls in the pit is burned away before i put food on. If i want to really clean out the whole thing (kamado) I do a "clean burn".

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