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I just got off the phone with a dear BBQ friend down in Houston. He is an ER Doc at one of the largest ER Departments in Houston. He reminded me why I use my Nylon Bristle Cold Grill cleaning brush and NOT a wire brush of any fashion. About 15 years ago, we had a mutual friend who used a wire brush to clean his grates after every cook. He used the same brush for a couple of years. He started having stomach pains and presented himself to the ER 3 days after the stomach pains began. He was doubled up in pain. X-rays showed he had ingested a wire from his cleaning brush. Emergency surgery was performed, the offending wire removed, and he stayed in the hospital a couple of days on an IV antibiotic drip to kill the infection raging in his gut where the wire had perforated his intestine. When he got home, he emptied his firebox and ran a magnet through the lump. He found almost 20 more wires that had not remained on the grill. The take aways: NEVER use wire bristled brushes join your grate for any reason whatsoever. Since that time, I never use a wire brush of any sort to clean my grills. The last couple of years I use the following product by Char Griller and 3M and I do it on a COLD grill. Here is the product I use today. I found this at Lowe's, but I'm sure other stores of that ilk carry them. For $13 it's dirt cheap! Here are the 3M pads I use after the Nylon Brush. They cost about $6 for 3 at Lowe's. The Nylon Bristle Brush has pads that are easily replaced as follows. Here is a picture of both the new and old scrapers. Here you can see the little depressible tab just opposite the white dot in the bristles. This next photo shows the screwdriver I use to depress the tab to change things out. Now we see how the Nylon Bristle pad just pops out. Here is the empty scraper with the spent Nylon Bristle Cartridge on the left and a new cartridge in the carton before I snap it into the scraper. And finally here is the completed job. I have two of these Char Griller scrapers; one for Beauty! and one for TheBeast. I'd never use anything else. I clean Beauty! and TheBeast after every cook with a high temp burn to about 600-650F for 5 minutes. That gets everything to a point where I can put the Scraper to use the next day when everything is cool. Now I know most people use meat brushes, but that just playing with fire, no pun intended. These Char Griller scraper do a better job than anything I've ever found and they're safe!
I noticed after 2 low and slow and 2 high heat jobs that my grill has a weird light grey or whitish haze over the red it came in. I doesn't feel different, but it does look strange. Is this the paint coming off? What could it be. I haven't seen it on anyone else's pictures. Thanks, Chandra