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  • Avatar MaxPower
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    Depends on how clean is clean @AR. I have been afraid of accidentally ingesting parts of the wire bristles on many of the grill brushes, so no longer use those alone. I have a wire brush that is a bunch of coils all made up of one long, continuous wire, so if some of it broke off somehow you could tell because the coils would be messed up. I most commonly use a wooden cleaner that I bought at Costco a couple of years back. It was initially shaped like a short, flat paddle, but after a couple of years of use I have worn (burned?) grooves into it that do a good job of scraping the burned on food off the grates. It only cost about $15 and at the current rate, will probably last about 20 years.

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    Lordosis Lordosis
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    It is on fire! How clean does it have to be?    I still us a wire brush but I have someone trying to talk me into one of those paddles.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    childay childay
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    Thumbs up on the grill grates BTW.  Definitely increase the heat on my gas grill.

    The a-maze-n smoker still evaluating

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    childay childay
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    I have been afraid of accidentally ingesting parts of the wire bristles on many of the grill brushes

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    I know this is a thing and have seen reports of perforation and such.  But I feel a close inspection of the grates after cleaning you wouldn’t miss a bristle unless it was dark out or your grill was super grossly chunky.

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    Avatar AR
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    Depends on how clean is clean @ar. I have been afraid of accidentally ingesting parts of the wire bristles on many of the grill brushes, so no longer use those alone. I have a wire brush that is a bunch of coils all made up of one long, continuous wire, so if some of it broke off somehow you could tell because the coils would be messed up. I most commonly use a wooden cleaner that I bought at Costco a couple of years back. It was initially shaped like a short, flat paddle, but after a couple of years of use I have worn (burned?) grooves into it that do a good job of scraping the burned on food off the grates. It only cost about $15 and at the current rate, will probably last about 20 years.

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    Unfortunately, clean seems to be cleaner than I can get it.  A long time ago, I used to have a cleaning person who would go through some sort of elaborate process every so often (involved oven cleaner).  It looked fantastic after she was done.  I’d also do some extra washing after she left to make sure there were no chemicals left on it.   I don’t know what the heck she did, but I can’t recreate the process.  Ever since then, the best I can do is pretty mediocre in comparison.

    It is on fire! How clean does it have to be?    I still us a wire brush but I have someone trying to talk me into one of those paddles.

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    I’ve got one of those paddles.  It’s OK.

     

     

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    Lordosis Lordosis
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    With cleaning the grill I have the “it’s not just good, it’s good enough” attitude.
    I have heard people run their grill grates through the dishwasher.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    Avatar Neuro-doc
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    You can flip the grill grates upside down, and burn off residue, then flip again next time you grill. Dishwasher????? That sounds like too much of a hassle.

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    Avatar StarTrekDoc
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    Had a Weber Summit in the old house.  Now have a good charbroil 6 burner that was only $600.   Gas is for convenience for the quick meal and casual user.  Dedicated grillers will use charcoal and smokers — I’m not – need quick startup, cook, and clean out.

    Searing is the best way to lock in the flavor quick and multiple burners are nice to control heat and multiple types of foods cooking on the grill at the same time.  That’s the difference between the number of burners and value.  More burners make faster and more convenient grilling — not so much the name.

     

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    Avatar MaxPower
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    What exactly are you needing to clean off that can’t be cleaned by cranking the heat up to high and rubbing it with a wire brush or one of those wooden paddles? When I do those things with the grill on high it gets them very clean. It’s helpful to do it at the end of when you’ve cooked food and the grill is very hot. If you try and do it the next time you grill, at least wait until the grill is very hot before trying to do it. I’ve never had a problem with an unclean grill doing this.

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    What exactly are you needing to clean off that can’t be cleaned by cranking the heat up to high and rubbing it with a wire brush or one of those wooden paddles? When I do those things with the grill on high it gets them very clean. It’s helpful to do it at the end of when you’ve cooked food and the grill is very hot. If you try and do it the next time you grill, at least wait until the grill is very hot before trying to do it. I’ve never had a problem with an unclean grill doing this.

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    Most common problem is with marinated meat, when the marinade is thick.

    If it’s just a burger, that’s not a big deal.  Sometime the cheese for a cheeseburger is a little stickier, but even that is not so bad.

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    Avatar Whitedress
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    Barbecue 2-3 times a month.

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    Lordosis Lordosis
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    What exactly are you needing to clean off that can’t be cleaned by cranking the heat up to high and rubbing it with a wire brush or one of those wooden paddles? When I do those things with the grill on high it gets them very clean. It’s helpful to do it at the end of when you’ve cooked food and the grill is very hot. If you try and do it the next time you grill, at least wait until the grill is very hot before trying to do it. I’ve never had a problem with an unclean grill doing this.

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    Exactly.  This is precisely what I do.  I pre heat the grill and scrape clean before I use it.

    Dishwasher

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    I do not recommend it I have just seen it done.

    “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.”

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    Zzyzx Zzyzx
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    You can flip the grill grates upside down, and burn off residue, then flip again next time you grill. Dishwasher????? That sounds like too much of a hassle.

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    grillgrates are meant to be seasoned, the oily residue theoretically adds smoky aromatics when grilling which based on what I’ve seen is clean smoke and not burnt or foul smelling/tasting.  I leave the oil be and scrape the hardened burnt pieces off the grates and occasionally vacuum out the burnt bits deep inside the bbq.  I think just before winter hits I’ll deep clean the grates for storage but I haven’t found a need to do this in peak summer season.

    What is the best way to clean GrillGrates?

    The best way to clean GrillGrates is during the warm-up of the grill. Set gas grills to medium, with GrillGrates in place and close lid. Use traditional cleaning methods like grill pads or a wire brush during warm up. We don’t recommend high-heat burn-off as you burn off the seasoning. Occasional high-heat burn off is fine- especially after a particularly slopping marinade or a lot of chicken wings etc. Periodic cleaning in the sink or in an outside bucket will help keep GrillGrates at their best. The rails of the Anodized GrillGrates clean up well on the grill with a brush and in the sink with a sponge or brillo. Do not use harsh de-greasers or caustic cleaners such as oven cleaners on GrillGrates- they can pit the hard anodized surface. Do not place hot GrillGrates in cold water as it may warp the panels. Soak in hot water and dish soap after the Grates have cooled down. For additional information please refer to our Use & Care Guidelines.

    It’s psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I’ll get a saw.

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    Zzyzx Zzyzx
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    Dishwasher 

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    I do not recommend it I have just seen it done.

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    Can I clean the GrillGrates in dishwasher?

    Do not put GrillGrates in the dishwasher. The dishwasher itself if not the culprit, but the harsh caustic detergents that can pit the hard anodized surface. Besides it can make a mess in the dishwasher! Do no use caustic dishwashing detergent or oven cleaners on the Hard Anodized GrillGrates.

    It’s psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I’ll get a saw.

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    Avatar JWeb
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    The Big Green Egg is awesome. See pics below.

    I know you already bought the Weber. But you’re worth 6 million. So you should buy the Weber AND the Big Green Egg.

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