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fishingbouchman
02-29-2012, 09:52 AM
Tried doing some looking around on here but not seeing it. I need to work on my searching skills. Now that I have a few cooks under my belt wondering how often and how to clean her. Want to keep it working, cooking, and looking good.

~Little things like do you use wire brush to clean the grates?
~How often do you clean the drip tray.
~Saw a post by Sparky and the use of Dog power but wondering if there is anything better out there. My lab has been doing a great job on the drip bucket, that thing is spotless.

Thanks

Chili Head
02-29-2012, 10:10 AM
I use a metal putty knife on the drip pan. If I've cooked something big like a brisket or a butt I clean it after each use. If I'm making burgers or something that hasn't left a lot on the pan I'll wait to clean it. I usually clean it every three cooks regardless because the fire pot needs cleaned out too. I have a small shop vac I use to clean the fire pot out and the ash in the bottom of the grill.

Scallywag
02-29-2012, 10:14 AM
Every few cooks i get the shop vac out and give everything else a good scrapping as well

squirtthecat
02-29-2012, 10:17 AM
Ditto. And I use Greased Lightning on the powder coated areas...

NorCal Smoker
02-29-2012, 08:18 PM
Ditto to Chili and Scallywag on the shopvac. At least weekly, unless I have cooked brisket or pork butt which requires more often). I have tried numerous cleaners (including Greased Lightening) on powder coated areas, none have worked as desired, but are adequate.

sparky
02-29-2012, 08:59 PM
were suppose to be cleaning them? i thought that what HIGH was for.

bflodan
02-29-2012, 10:17 PM
I do the same thing that Chili said and I also wipe down the whole thing with Simple Green after every use..

fishingbouchman
02-29-2012, 11:06 PM
Guess I have some work to do this weekend. Does it come off easier while things are still hot? How about the grates?

Scallywag
03-01-2012, 07:09 AM
were suppose to be cleaning them? i thought that what HIGH was for.
LOL.. I like the way you think my man...

BBQDad
03-01-2012, 05:31 PM
Yep...vac every other cook...depending on the length of cook....greased lightning works wonders on powder coat

scooter
03-01-2012, 06:10 PM
I'm lazy so I use foil. After each weekend of use I:

1) refoil my grease pan
2) wire brush my grates
3) vacuum out the firebox with a shopvac or other vacuum that has a filter rated to contain ash
4) Hit every other surface with Greased Lightning
5) Polish the SS with Weimans SS polish

oven cleaner will do wonders for a messed up, unprotected grease pan. Be careful about using the high setting to "clean" your MAK. It could put a hurting on your powdercoat and the result would be prematurely turning it from black to gray.

sparky
03-01-2012, 08:20 PM
not yet. :)

Rip
03-02-2012, 06:29 AM
Sparky, we're on to you...when your grill gets too dirty you just buy another one! :)

sparky
03-02-2012, 12:48 PM
Sparky, we're on to you...when your grill gets too dirty you just buy another one! :)

thats not true buddy. i have so many because of the business i started. SPARKY'S SMOKE-N BBQ. my wife got me my business license, catering license and food handling cert. i just pimp myself out to parties and whatnot. have maks will travel. i only do it if i like the ppl.

RickB
03-02-2012, 03:30 PM
thats not true buddy. i have so many because of the business i started. SPARKY'S SMOKE-N BBQ. my wife got me my business license, catering license and food handling cert. i just pimp myself out to parties and whatnot. have maks will travel. i only do it if i like the ppl.

Do i see a comp team coming on?

NorCal Smoker
05-20-2012, 08:38 PM
I know I responded earlier saying I tried Greased Lightening and didn't have much luck, but I was wrong. I was at one of the major hardware stores today and saw Greased Lightening. It was not packaged like anything I own (read as I never really owned it, just thought I did). I purchased it and it is better than anything I have found. #500 looks as good as it did after the first cook. I apologize for misrepresenting what I was actually using. As usual, you folks are very helpful in choosing, cooking on, and maintaining a grill!

sparky
05-21-2012, 10:48 AM
Do i see a comp team coming on?

h#!! no. to much work. i like it in my backyard better and i can have a few FT's and what-nots.

NorCalQ
05-29-2012, 02:55 PM
I just picked up some SD20...hope it works!

NorCalQ
05-29-2012, 05:10 PM
Wow! Just tried the SD20 on some really stubborn smoke spots that wouldn't come up with SS cleaner or Simple Green and it worked fantastic. As it foamed, you could see the brown stuff coming up with the foam. After, it just wiped off...amazing!

sparky
05-29-2012, 06:41 PM
wheres you get it from norcalq?

Chili Head
05-30-2012, 12:30 PM
I ordered a can yesterday from amazon sparky. My SS is a dark smokey mess..hope it works lol.
http://img.tapatalk.com/46e1a114-75b0-83cc.jpg
http://img.tapatalk.com/46e1a114-75e0-0a01.jpg

sparky
05-30-2012, 12:35 PM
i hope that stuff works. show some before and after pics buddy. my grill has a little more stains than yours chili. i kinda think that those stains are like tattoos for my 2 star. its part of her journey.

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj593/mak1star/memorial%20day%20weekend/pretty003-1.jpg

http://i1269.photobucket.com/albums/jj593/mak1star/memorial%20day%20weekend/pretty008.jpg

cleaned some off w/ just water.

Chili Head
05-30-2012, 12:43 PM
I agree about the journey LOL. When I first got 390 I wanted her clean all the time..kinda like a new car ya know? " drat she's dirty better clean her"! After the newness wore off and she's broken in good I hate to get rid of her character. I'll spiff her up twice a year though :D

sparky
05-30-2012, 12:47 PM
don't tell scooter. lol.....