How to not clean your MES grates

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by scubadoo97, Nov 25, 2009.

  1. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    Just a warning to those that may try this. I usually clean my grates in the sink after use or before reusing. I had to do a self cleaning on my electric oven and decided to toss in two MES grates in there to clean as well. Figured they would come out all nice and clean.

    All looked good until I went to wash the soot off. Most all of the chrome was burnt off exposing rusty ferrous metal. I knew they weren't stainless steel but most grates aren't. Bummer [​IMG]
  2. plj

    plj Meat Mopper

    I almost did the same thing a couple days ago, but my wife stopped me. Apparently if men would read the directions (for the self cleaning oven), we would know that the self cleaning cycle will ruin the grates/racks.

    And now I feel bad that I didnt think to put out a warning, maybe I could have saved your grates. :( Sorry.
  3. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    I leave the oven racks in when cleaning. It dulls the shine on them but the chrome doesn't burn off. The instructions to my oven say you can leave them n but it will dull them.

    I was cutting some chrome shelves from a wine cooler yesterday to accommodate cigar boxes and the chrome was pretty thick in relation to the total diameter of the metal rods. Seems the MES chrome is very superficial
  4. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I do mine in the dishwasher, works fine. Self cleaning ovens often exceed 600 degrees.
  5. gruelurks

    gruelurks Smoking Fanatic

    Chalk me up as one who did this in his gas grill. I actually forgot I was burning them off and when I came back a 1/2 hour later they were toast. :-(
  6. ronp

    ronp Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Wow thanks I was going to do that. I have cleaned them on my gas grill, I guess I was lucky.
  7. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Sorry to hear that, man. My oven instructions say no grates, so I've never put them in.
  8. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Good to know. There was a thread here the other day telling people to put them in the oven. Thanks for overturning this...with proof.
  9. deltadude

    deltadude Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    brillo pad and dishwasher.........
  10. "clean your racks"?

    what do these foriegn words to me mean? [​IMG]

    I mean a brillo pad every 4-5 smoke to get the chunkers off, but heck I don't even wipe down the inside of my smoker but once a year.........or is that every 2 ?
  11. gnubee

    gnubee Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  12. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I always just crank up the grill and let it get really hot and then take a scaper/ brush and brush off the grates bafore every uses. Now for the smoker I just wash them with a good stiff brush and let er rip. And smoke on
  13. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    In all fairness to the thread the other day...I believe they specified it was good to clean cast iron grates. Not positive, but that's what I recall.

    aw, I sound like a freakin' lawyer...just shoot me
  14. hoser

    hoser Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Mea Culpa.....I just checked that old thread, and they mentioned cast iron, but did not warn off about chrome grates.

    Sorry if I misled anyone.
  15. rambler

    rambler Smoke Blower SMF Premier Member

    I throw mine in the dishwasher after each use. Works great!
  16. scubadoo97

    scubadoo97 Smoking Fanatic

    No problem. Like I said I've always kept my oven grates in place when doing an oven cleaning with no problem. MES grates just won't hold up. Just putting out a warning.

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