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My Outdoor Grill

randyjl Sep 21, 2008 06:30 AM

Maybe a dumb question, but here goes, I have stainless steel grill grates. Would it be ok to put them in my self-cleaning oven to clean?

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    joschus Sep 21, 2008 08:24 AM

    We recently bought a new Weber grill with SS grates too. I seem to recall that somewhere in the directions it says NOT to use oven cleaner on the outside of the grill. I don't think it mentioned anything about putting the grates into the oven. If I can find the manual, I'll post again. Or, can you call the maker?

    1. BobB Sep 24, 2008 01:31 PM

      It might discolor them but I can't see how it would hurt them.

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        susan1353 Sep 24, 2008 01:33 PM

        I've done it...it gets them incredibly clean. They may cause some extra sticking for the first use (the seasoning, if you will, is gone), but a liberal application of vegetable oil spray should do the trick.

        1. steakman55 Sep 25, 2008 05:40 PM

          I have cooked on outdoor grills for more than 40 years, most of them on a Weber of some variety. I never, repeat never, wash the grill, and I have never had a problem with it. I build a nice hot fire and put the grill on it, which burns off any residue of last meal, helped along with a little scraping.

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          1. re: steakman55
            ipsedixit Sep 25, 2008 10:38 PM

            I do the same thing, but sometimes will place a sheet of foil over the grill, close the lid, and let the heat do it's magic for about 1/2 hour. Voila, clean grill.

            1. re: steakman55
              treb Sep 26, 2008 05:14 AM

              I do the same, it works well. Most oven mfgr. recommend taking out the grates when self cleaning so, I don't think I'd put grill grates in the oven.

              1. re: treb
                Davwud Sep 26, 2008 09:34 AM

                This is the way to clean your grill grates.

                Not a thing wrong with sticking them in a self cleaning oven. Just that it is most often gonna be in the summer and heating up the kitchen isn't always the best idea.


              2. re: steakman55
                bucksguy14 Sep 26, 2008 01:02 PM

                I agree with steakman55. I've been cooking on Weber gas grills for about 40 years and Weber charcoal grills for about 10 years. I've never put them in the oven and any self-cleaning oven we've had included instructions specifically stating not to leave the shelves in during cleaning. Get the fire really hot, get a good metal grill brush and you have everything you need to clean those SS grates.

              3. BiscuitBoy Oct 15, 2009 07:26 AM

                Completely agree with Steak and Buck. Build a hot fire, a little pass with the wire brush and voila

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