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muddpuppy01



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26 14 2:38 am    Post subject: cleaning Reply with quote

Wondering What Some Of Yall Do For Cleaning Procedures. My Grates Are Getting Greasy And Starting To Become A Real Pain Trying To Not Get Black Residue On Everything While Cooking.I Don't Really Want To Pull My Lite Coals Out The Bottom Of My Stumpster And Spray It Down With A Water Hose After Cooking.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26 14 3:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I pull my grates and pressure wash them. Are your grates not removable?
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26 14 3:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Burn the heavy junk off with a weed burner scrape the grates with a 4" scraper lightly spray with Pam. Do this while she is still hot. Clean the residue up in the bottom when it is cool.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26 14 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A wad of crumpled alum. foil works well also...
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26 14 8:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jess wrote:
A wad of crumpled alum. foil works well also...

I have started using the foil as well jess it works great. I have found that I need to rinse the grates at times because the foil breaks down and will leave small pieces behind.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26 14 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just came on the ask a similar question about my MES40 ... what is the best way to clean the inside? Oven cleaner? And are the racks safe to put in a self-clean cycle in my oven? Sorry to hijack the post, seems as good a place to post as any other Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26 14 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ComradeQ wrote:
I just came on the ask a similar question about my MES40 ... what is the best way to clean the inside? Oven cleaner? And are the racks safe to put in a self-clean cycle in my oven? Sorry to hijack the post, seems as good a place to post as any other Smile

I know folks that use the no bake oven cleaner on their grates and just rinse it out.
Personally I do not use it but they evidently have good luck with it.
My only concern is that your oven grates do not touch your food like your smoker grates do. I would imagine if residue is inadvertently left behind you will taste it on your next cook.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27 14 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This pertains mostly to a quick clean, rather than a full on. Unless you are able to thoroughly inspect your grate brush job each and every time, throw that wire brush away. I like the foil idea. Do not much like the idea of any foreign mat;l in my meal but rather a piece of foil than a steel wire. JM2CW
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 27 14 4:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just heat with a weed burner and scrape/scrub. I never use any chemicals. I don't want any chem taste in my food.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 28 14 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

k.a.m. wrote:
ComradeQ wrote:
I just came on the ask a similar question about my MES40 ... what is the best way to clean the inside? Oven cleaner? And are the racks safe to put in a self-clean cycle in my oven? Sorry to hijack the post, seems as good a place to post as any other Smile

I know folks that use the no bake oven cleaner on their grates and just rinse it out.
Personally I do not use it but they evidently have good luck with it.
My only concern is that your oven grates do not touch your food like your smoker grates do. I would imagine if residue is inadvertently left behind you will taste it on your next cook.


I wouldn't want chemicals on the racks either. How about if I just put them in the oven and put it on the very high heat self-cleaning oven mode? Would the MES40 racks hold up in that heat?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29 14 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clean it????????
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29 14 7:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weed burner and brush are the best.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29 14 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I stack my grates on top of each other, and hit them hard with the weed burner [ on gravel area or some fire proof surface ] with bottom rack propped up on a couple rocks or bricks. The grease and gook will burn HOT and thoroughly!! I simply bounce them atop each other once the grease fire goes out - the now crunchy ex-grease and gook comes right off - they are spotless! Maybe a little rusty looking from the fire, but a quick shot of pam, and all is good!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30 14 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Weed burner and Pam on my stick burner.....
no chemicals or detergents what so ever....
I think Pam is a stick burners best friend. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30 14 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an outdoor wood burning fire pit. Put several pieces of rebar across the top and then the grates. The fire does the rest. As for the inside of the pit I build a charcoal/wood fire and clean the ashes out later.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 06 14 2:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I spray the grates on my RF with Pam for grilling before each cook, After the cook I hit them at the car wash. After dry another coat of Pam. I clean my cooker up as good as the day I finished building it after every use. I think cleaning the fire box is important as well. I wash it out spottless as well. It helps to build the pit so you can clean it.

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 07 14 2:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sold on the Pam idea. When I use it on my non-stick griddle on the stove, the canola oil version builds up a sticky residue that just will not wash off without damaging the non-stick surface. Still experimenting with the high-temp Pam, but I'm not sold on it yet.

When I'm grilling and need it to not stick, a paper towel dipped in some peanut oil rubbed on the grates with tongs works better for me. As for the indoor griddle, I've gone back to plain, unsalted butter as my lubricant of choice.

Weber used to sell a Pam-like product you could spray right onto the lit grill without it flaming up. Haven't seen it for a long time and don't know if they still make it.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12 14 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am with k.a.m on this one.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 26 14 11:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not saying anyone is wrong - who am I to go agains the likes of KAM and Alien? But I bought a $15 used electric el cheapo pressure washer years ago and use it almost exclusively for washing down BBQ grates. At the auto parts stores they sell big galvanized pieces of sheet metal for putting in your driveway under a car that drips oil. I keep one of those and throw it on my grass. I put a rack on it and pressure wash it, flip it, and pressure wash the other side. The grease and stuff run into the grass and are filtered naturally. The metal protects the grass from the direct spray of the pressure washer.

The grates come out great. And it's quick and easy.

I scrape off the top of my RF plate after a cook and then pressure wash that too. The gunk and water run out the grease and washout drains into a 5 gallon bucket. Then I usually start another fire in the firebox and warm up the whole cooker just to dry things out and leave her smelling sweet.

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