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  • #522
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    Chef Michael
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    Everyone seems to do it differently. If we put our minds together we might learn something!

  • #529
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    Chef Michael
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    Pressure washing! It works. May be a good idea once a year or so if you are an avid griller.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Profile photo of Chef Michael Chef Michael.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Profile photo of Chef Michael Chef Michael.
  • #680
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    DB
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    Power wash on occasion is what I do also.

  • #1146
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    Bryce
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    Ok Brad you have my attention.  Are you using any soap in the pressure washer or are you just getting the grilled on “crud” that gathers in the slots on the grates that the grate tool does not get off?  Wonder if taking it to a self service car wash that has pressure washers would work as well.  Not going to buy a pressure washer just to clean grill grates.

    Thanks for your reply.

  • #1147
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    Tommy
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    I brush my GrillGrates after they get real hot with a brush the after cooking I brush them down with a grill brush and do nothing more because they need no other cleaning

  • #1148
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    Brad Barrett
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    Frankly Bryce I have only pressure washed once at home and once years ago at a car wash. (I took my buddy Tom’s disgusting GrillGrates off his grill to a car wash and back without him noticing- he gave me grief for washing off all his flavor).   I find soaking in hot soapy water is enough- but I have not done that in months.  Keep meaning to clean my Weber Genesis set that I have been running hard since last April.  Disclaimer:  I am not a clean freak…

  • #1152
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    DB
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    I did not use soap the couple times mine were power washed, don’t won’t to get them to clean

  • #1632
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    Wade
    Participant

    I pressure washed mine once and they are probably due due again. I usually simply spray them down with a regular hose and a spray nozzle before placing them on the grill to cook and use the Grill Tool to clean up the channels after cooking. EZPZ

  • #1633
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    Brad Barrett
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    I just hosed off a bunch of used GrillGrates from photo shoots and various old grills.  Ready to go into our friends and family pile.  We’ll sell used GrillGrates out of the warehouse all the time!

  • #1821
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    RelGol
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    I dont like the holes being blocked on the grillgrates, so I use a 1/2″ wood chisel to scrape out the gunk. I’m still looking for a tool that’s spoon or scoop shaped to make it easier to take the gunk out of the rails; ideas, anyone?

  • #1822
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    Bryce
    Participant

    I suggest that you get the Grate Tool. Wonderful for cleaning the grill grates in the areas you are concerned with. Also look into one of the Grate Brushes as well. I have no trouble usually just turning the Grate Tool over and scraping the gunk off the grates. Do it when the grill is very hot makes it easier. Then there are times when I have a bunch of gunk collecting up toward the top of the grates and I just pull the grates off the grill before heating and scrape and dumb the gunk into a garbage can.

    Hope that helps. You can look for the Grate Tool and other accessories in the Grill Grate Store.

  • #1826
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    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    Thanks Bryce for your input- Same here sometimes you just have to go after it. I find myself getting very sloppy sometimes with marinades cause I know its flavor today and burned on carbon later but not fire starter! I’ve learned after a messy grilling to NOT burn off- it will take 30 minutes, smoke out your neighbors and is totally unnecessary. Just close the lid and enjoy your grilled meal and its basted goodness. The next grilling brush the GrillGrates COLD that will knock out 90% of the big stuff and as Bryce says either dump it out or it goes into your grill to either burn up or in the case of my Weber Genesis it goes into a tray that needs cleaning 1-2X a year. During warm up get the rest of it and by the time you are hot no smoke, clean GrillGrates!

  • #1827
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    JD
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    Brad, what warehouse do you sell used grates out of? Just got a new 6 burner charbroil and need a couple 17″ ones. I can always get new ones but I’d like seasoned
    ones.

  • #1828
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    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    Cartersville, GA. Give us a call or send over your exact dimensions we should have a few from photo shoots and returns. 877-380-2527.

  • #2104
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    Patrick
    Participant

    How do i keep my grates from sticking?

  • #2121
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    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    Hi Patrick- you should not see sticking with GrillGrates-  A couple of thoughts

    1. If they are brand new- use a little canola oil the first time or two- then stop using it.  Too much oiling can cause sticking
    2. You may not be hot enough? OR
    3. Turning too soon?  Allow the sear to kick in.
    4. The Grate Tool is really helpful too.  If you feel resistance and sticking give it another minute or two
    5. OR Wiggle the tool abit under the food- I do this with fish- helps to dislodge if there is sticking.
    6. Oil the food as well.
    7. Lastly- if you had a very hot cook previously that could have burned off a lot of the seasoning- making for a dry rail- then a bit of canola is called for.  I find that after cooking steaks at max temp- the GG can be dry.

    I hope that helps and please let us know!

    brad

     

  • #2187
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    Eric
    Participant

    I grill 4-6 times a week year-round, and am not a neat freak. I found that the upside down grates I use for veggies and stuff were amazingly clean between the rails. Now, when I set out to clean the grates, I simply turn them over, rails down, and fire up the grill. After letting them heat up, I bang ’em a couple times with a wood crab mallet and most of the heavy burnt on stuff drops right off. Then, I let them cool a bit and hit them with a grill brush and a detailer. Now, I just rotate them through the cycle of 3 rails up and 2 rails down after each grilling session and have reduced the build up tremendously!

  • Author
    Posts
  • #522
    Profile photo of Chef Michael
    Chef Michael
    Keymaster

    Everyone seems to do it differently. If we put our minds together we might learn something!

  • #529
    Profile photo of Chef Michael
    Chef Michael
    Keymaster

    Pressure washing! It works. May be a good idea once a year or so if you are an avid griller.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Profile photo of Chef Michael Chef Michael.
    • This reply was modified 1 year, 6 months ago by Profile photo of Chef Michael Chef Michael.
  • #680
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    DB
    Participant

    Power wash on occasion is what I do also.

  • #1146
    Profile photo of Bryce
    Bryce
    Participant

    Ok Brad you have my attention.  Are you using any soap in the pressure washer or are you just getting the grilled on “crud” that gathers in the slots on the grates that the grate tool does not get off?  Wonder if taking it to a self service car wash that has pressure washers would work as well.  Not going to buy a pressure washer just to clean grill grates.

    Thanks for your reply.

  • #1147
    Profile photo of Tommy
    Tommy
    Participant

    I brush my GrillGrates after they get real hot with a brush the after cooking I brush them down with a grill brush and do nothing more because they need no other cleaning

  • #1148
    Profile photo of Brad Barrett
    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    Frankly Bryce I have only pressure washed once at home and once years ago at a car wash. (I took my buddy Tom’s disgusting GrillGrates off his grill to a car wash and back without him noticing- he gave me grief for washing off all his flavor).   I find soaking in hot soapy water is enough- but I have not done that in months.  Keep meaning to clean my Weber Genesis set that I have been running hard since last April.  Disclaimer:  I am not a clean freak…

  • #1152
    Profile photo of DB
    DB
    Participant

    I did not use soap the couple times mine were power washed, don’t won’t to get them to clean

  • #1632
    Profile photo of Wade
    Wade
    Participant

    I pressure washed mine once and they are probably due due again. I usually simply spray them down with a regular hose and a spray nozzle before placing them on the grill to cook and use the Grill Tool to clean up the channels after cooking. EZPZ

  • #1633
    Profile photo of Brad Barrett
    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    I just hosed off a bunch of used GrillGrates from photo shoots and various old grills.  Ready to go into our friends and family pile.  We’ll sell used GrillGrates out of the warehouse all the time!

  • #1821
    Profile photo of RelGol
    RelGol
    Participant

    I dont like the holes being blocked on the grillgrates, so I use a 1/2″ wood chisel to scrape out the gunk. I’m still looking for a tool that’s spoon or scoop shaped to make it easier to take the gunk out of the rails; ideas, anyone?

  • #1822
    Profile photo of Bryce
    Bryce
    Participant

    I suggest that you get the Grate Tool. Wonderful for cleaning the grill grates in the areas you are concerned with. Also look into one of the Grate Brushes as well. I have no trouble usually just turning the Grate Tool over and scraping the gunk off the grates. Do it when the grill is very hot makes it easier. Then there are times when I have a bunch of gunk collecting up toward the top of the grates and I just pull the grates off the grill before heating and scrape and dumb the gunk into a garbage can.

    Hope that helps. You can look for the Grate Tool and other accessories in the Grill Grate Store.

  • #1826
    Profile photo of Brad Barrett
    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    Thanks Bryce for your input- Same here sometimes you just have to go after it. I find myself getting very sloppy sometimes with marinades cause I know its flavor today and burned on carbon later but not fire starter! I’ve learned after a messy grilling to NOT burn off- it will take 30 minutes, smoke out your neighbors and is totally unnecessary. Just close the lid and enjoy your grilled meal and its basted goodness. The next grilling brush the GrillGrates COLD that will knock out 90% of the big stuff and as Bryce says either dump it out or it goes into your grill to either burn up or in the case of my Weber Genesis it goes into a tray that needs cleaning 1-2X a year. During warm up get the rest of it and by the time you are hot no smoke, clean GrillGrates!

  • #1827
    Profile photo of JD
    JD
    Participant

    Brad, what warehouse do you sell used grates out of? Just got a new 6 burner charbroil and need a couple 17″ ones. I can always get new ones but I’d like seasoned
    ones.

  • #1828
    Profile photo of Brad Barrett
    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    Cartersville, GA. Give us a call or send over your exact dimensions we should have a few from photo shoots and returns. 877-380-2527.

  • #2104
    Profile photo of Patrick
    Patrick
    Participant

    How do i keep my grates from sticking?

  • #2121
    Profile photo of Brad Barrett
    Brad Barrett
    Keymaster

    Hi Patrick- you should not see sticking with GrillGrates-  A couple of thoughts

    1. If they are brand new- use a little canola oil the first time or two- then stop using it.  Too much oiling can cause sticking
    2. You may not be hot enough? OR
    3. Turning too soon?  Allow the sear to kick in.
    4. The Grate Tool is really helpful too.  If you feel resistance and sticking give it another minute or two
    5. OR Wiggle the tool abit under the food- I do this with fish- helps to dislodge if there is sticking.
    6. Oil the food as well.
    7. Lastly- if you had a very hot cook previously that could have burned off a lot of the seasoning- making for a dry rail- then a bit of canola is called for.  I find that after cooking steaks at max temp- the GG can be dry.

    I hope that helps and please let us know!

    brad

     

  • #2187
    Profile photo of Eric
    Eric
    Participant

    I grill 4-6 times a week year-round, and am not a neat freak. I found that the upside down grates I use for veggies and stuff were amazingly clean between the rails. Now, when I set out to clean the grates, I simply turn them over, rails down, and fire up the grill. After letting them heat up, I bang ’em a couple times with a wood crab mallet and most of the heavy burnt on stuff drops right off. Then, I let them cool a bit and hit them with a grill brush and a detailer. Now, I just rotate them through the cycle of 3 rails up and 2 rails down after each grilling session and have reduced the build up tremendously!

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