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Was wondering what everyone did to clean the stainless grates after a low n slow. Coming from the Akorn obviously it had the cast iron.

 

I tried scraping last night after removing the butt being low and slow a lot of it wasn't really charred and was still hanging from the bottom of the grates like snot lol. I don't really want to wash them or put them in the dishwasher after every cook but don't want to cook on food from 2 cooks ago either. I think higher temp cooks problem will take care of itself I am more wondering about after low and slows which can be a little sticky with rubs and BBQ sauce.

 

 

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I just take them out and wire brush clean both the top and the bottom. They aren't "dishwasher" clean, but they are perfectly safe to use. I also take a wadded up paper towel with vegetable oil and rub it on the heated grates using tongs after preheating before each cook. Stuff seems to come off easily using that technique.

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If I have the time I remove the grates, pull out the heat deflector(s), replace the grates and open the vents to activate the self-cleaning oven feature.  Run at 550 for about 20 minutes and 90 percent of the gunk burns off.  If the deflectors need to be cleaned as well then put them on TOP of the grates, gunk-side down.  

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I guess you could consider me anal attentive, but I soak mine in water overnight in most cases, then use an SOS pad in the morning. After that I put them in the dishwasher. As a qualifier, I use my kamados mainly for LNS and indirect cooking applications. For that reason I really try to keep my grates as clean as possible. The D&C grates make it super easy to fit in the dishwasher. It might be overkill, but it's what I do.

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nothing wrong with that! Same reason people ask me why I wash my cars each week. On a side note I did see someone suggest an aluminum garbage can lid from a hardware store or a large galvanized bowl from an Ag Supply, its big enough to soak grates easily but only a few inches deep

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nothing wrong with that! Same reason people ask me why I wash my cars each week. On a side note I did see someone suggest an aluminum garbage can lid from a hardware store or a large galvanized bowl from an Ag Supply, its big enough to soak grates easily but only a few inches deep

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6 hours ago, RMJAMR said:

nothing wrong with that! Same reason people ask me why I wash my cars each week. On a side note I did see someone suggest an aluminum garbage can lid from a hardware store or a large galvanized bowl from an Ag Supply, its big enough to soak grates easily but only a few inches deep

 

I have a plastic drip pan made for a water heater that I bought at Lowes. I use it to soak the  grates for my WSM after a cook. It's about two inches deep. I would let them soak in it then hit them with an SOS pad. 

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If you want them back to factory clean buy PBW.  It's the best stuff and let it soak. 

 

I dont believe that high heat cleaning is the answer as it adds undue stress to your Kamado.  

 

I let mine soak soak in PBW overnight and it's good to go.  It jmrinses off the next day without scrubbing 

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 why not put them in the self cleaning oven ? set and forget. the cast iron grates are perfect for this, SS might turn a different color but otherwise leaves them perfectly clean

 

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