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So, the first burn off didn't accomplish much. The gunk on ALL the surfaces is measurable, literally was scraping off chunks. I got frustrated and piled the basket high with charcoal this morning and let her rip. White smoke billowing red hot coals, I didn't check the heat because I knew it would stress me out. Hours later and the dome is actually clean! The bottom that was behind the box and ring is still black but there is no more thick stuck on mess.

 

I am seasoning the grate. I had no choice but to clean it to scratch. The spaces in between the ribs were barely open because they were filled in with who knows how many dinners. Yuck!

 

Thank you all for the help with this.

 

What would I use on a hairline crack to keep it from growing?

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Several members have repaired cracks, firebox and body, with furnace cement, JBWeld, and a few other products I can't remember.  I recall the most successful repairs to the body involved removing some material on either side of the crack with a dremel-type tool, thus creating a sort of v-shape with the crack in the middle of the "V" and then filling in to full depth.

If the crack goes all the way through to the outside of the body, I guess making the "V" on both sides, filling in on both sides, and then cosmetically touching up the outside would be required.

 

I'm sure there are others here who know a lot more about this than I do.  I suggest you keep searching repairs and see what others have done.

 

 

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I have a Kamado Joe Classic III on order. It has a 304 stainless steel cooking grate. I understand I can clean the grate with a 600+ degree run. But is that the “best” way?  Could I safely run that grate through the dishwasher to get a good cleaning?

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:welcome: Navychop.  I suppose you "could" run a stainless steel grate through the dishwasher, but I have to ask why would you, especially when a grill brush, a billy bar, or even a piece of aluminum foil balled up do a fine job at keeping the grate clean.  

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The grate on my grill is made of cast iron, which I treat exactly like I do my many cast-iron skillets.  (The grill itself, an Akorn Junior, is also made of metal.)

 

I simply keep my grill and grate clean.  Next morning after every cook, I scrub the grate and wipe down the inside of the firebox, then arrange things so that air circulates freely. The whole ceremony takes five minutes.  Years later, the grill still looks almost like new.  I've "re-seasoned" the cast iron grates a couple of times: you would not need to do that with stainless steel.

 

A rolled-up clump of aluminum foil is "an old Waffle House trick" that actually works very well.  So does a simple scraper or piece of steel wool.  Dish soap is just fine even on cast iron.  If you've got some piece of gunk that for some reason you want to burn off, use a blowtorch.  But a flat-bladed screwdriver would probably dislodge it.

 

A dishwasher could be used, yes, but it probably would not get rid of "baked-on" residue.  Two minutes of "elbow grease" would.  (Then, "dishwash it if you want to.")

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Thank you. I will try manual cleaning of the SS grate. My old Weber had chromed grates (I think).  
 

I just hope my KJ Classic 3 actually shows up tomorrow.  

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A cast iron grate should be re-seasoned after a trip through the dishwasher (and a thorough drying), or after any intense scrubbing process involving soap.  (But if properly seasoned,  nothing should stick to it anyhow.)  The Lodge website contains definitive information on this, but it's basically a light spray with canola oil, wipe off excess with a paper towl, bake in the kitchen oven at 450ºF for an hour, turn off the oven and let it cool down naturally.  There will be some amount of smoke because this exceeds this oil's so-called "smoke point," and you need that chemical/polymerizing reaction to occur.

 

https://www.lodgecastiron.com/discover/cleaning-and-care/cast-iron/all-about-seasoning

 

Should you ever see rust on a cast iron grate, remove it with sandpaper or a wire brush and re-season.

 

Does not apply to stainless steel of course.

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Just at  face value, I would rather face the blow back of blowing my nose on Super Mans Cape, than putting my BBQ grates in my Wife's dishwasher . "Just saying!"

 

The best thing I have found to easily clean BBQ grates and other gear with baked on grease and sludge is to soak them over night in a strong solution of Brewers Wash. The next morning or day I pull them out of the soak and hit them with a solid stream from the garden hose. That's it, no scrubbing or scraping involved. I would say, even with a conservative estimate, they come out about 80 to 90 percent clean. You could spend extra time on the sludge that remains, but my attitude is "Why Bother". I have done this several times and usually do it at least once a year. I bought the Brewers Wash in bulk on line. Here are before and after pics of my CGS AR. IMO the results are pretty impressive. 

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Hmmm ... I haven't heard of "Brewer's Wash" before.  Can you post a link?

 

(I can only imagine what kind of gunk a "brewer" might need to "wash" ...)

 

I don't think that a dishwasher would be good for baked-on cooking residue, anyhow: I don't think that "a blast of hot soapy water" would do the trick, and the residue might clog up the drain.  Steel wool, dish soap and elbow grease usually does it for me, but an "overnight soak" makes good sense.

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You can search PBW, the acronym. If you don't have a local homebrew store, places like MoreBeer, Northern Brewer etc. will have it, and it frequently goes on sale.

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On 5/17/2022 at 3:19 PM, MikeRobinson said:

Hmmm ... I haven't heard of "Brewer's Wash" before.  Can you post a link?

 

(I can only imagine what kind of gunk a "brewer" might need to "wash" ...)

 

I don't think that a dishwasher would be good for baked-on cooking residue, anyhow: I don't think that "a blast of hot soapy water" would do the trick, and the residue might clog up the drain.  Steel wool, dish soap and elbow grease usually does it for me, but an "overnight soak" makes good sense.

 

7 hours ago, GrillnBrew said:

You can search PBW, the acronym. If you don't have a local homebrew store, places like MoreBeer, Northern Brewer etc. will have it, and it frequently goes on sale.

Yeah, you can just search Amazon for Brewers Wash or Professional Brewers Wash PBW, and several options. I buy it in bulk for several uses. Home Brewers and Professional Brewers use the stuff to clean stainless steel and glass tanks, supply lines, etc. Food Safe and yet cleans extremely well. 

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