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New grates seasoning question??

Postby FLAVOLS » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:08 am

I just had some stainless steel mesh grates made for an outdoor brick pit. My question is what is the best method to get any residue off these grates before cooking?
Is it wipe down with oil then burn anything off or something else I should do to get any machined oil off these grates.
Any help is much appreciated.
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Postby SteerCrazy » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:16 am

most people do grease down their pits and in your case grates with a cooking oil, get your fire hot and let the grates season for a few hours
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Postby FLAVOLS » Thu Dec 11, 2008 10:19 am

I appreciate it!
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Postby Papa Tom » Thu Dec 11, 2008 12:56 pm

I would get them really hot once before I treated them with veggie oil to distill off any manufacturing oils. Or you could just wash them with dish soap and water to get the petroleum based oils off.
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Postby OSD » Thu Dec 11, 2008 1:05 pm

Papa Tom wrote:I would get them really hot once before I treated them with veggie oil to distill off any manufacturing oils. Or you could just wash them with dish soap and water to get the petroleum based oils off.


I agree. :D Dawn dishwashing liquid works great. Has a degreaser in it. :D
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Postby SteerCrazy » Thu Dec 11, 2008 2:09 pm

listen to the old guys Flavols, they know what they're talking about 8) :lol:
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Postby Papa Tom » Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:10 pm

I'll post another tip here, I've posted it before but have never heard any feedback so doubt that anybody has used it but it works. For those nasty grates that you don't look forward to the mess of cleaning here's what you do. I know you'd never let them get that bad so these are the ones off'n the used pit you bought or found at the curb. Get a big heavy duty garbage bag and put the grates in then toss in a cup or two of ammonia twist seal and let it set at least overnight. The ammonia will clean the grease and carbon like magic.

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Postby OSD » Thu Dec 11, 2008 5:24 pm

Good tip, PT. :tup: I've never done it, but I know someone who did. He bought a smoker that hadn't been used or cleaned in a couple years. He put the bag of grates out in the sun and left it for 2 days. Amazing how it will clean dirty grates. :D He washed them off and they almost looked new. :D

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