Cleaning Grates

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by jspryor, Feb 5, 2012.

  1. jspryor

    jspryor Fire Starter

    So I discovered that the easiest way to clean my grates for my 22.5 WSM is to throw them on my gas grill and give them a good brushing when hot. Anyone else done this? Btw, cleaning grates is my least favorite thing about smoking.
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    You had this posted in Food Safety...I moved it to Charcoal Smokers...Great Tip, BTW...JJ
  3. I never tried that. I throw mine in the dishwasher when I am done cooking.
  4. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    When I first bought my WSM I added tabs to the bottom and used the top grate to BBQ, lot's of heat, however after a few times the "stainless" plating burned off and then the steel warped, ...what I have found to work very well is place the grates in a large black garbage sack and spray with oven cleaner, close the sack and leave in the direct sunlight for 3-4 hours (or longer, I've left them days), take them out and then spray with water and brush what ever is left with a nylon bristle brush.


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