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Jan 21, 2014 12:37 PM

Cleaning gas range grates

I have moved into a new house (well new to us. the house is about 7 years old) that has a gas range. This is my first experience with a gas range and I am LOVING it. However, the grates have some build up of grease that I would like to clean off. Not sure how the best way because I don't know what the grates are made of. They look and feel like cast iron. And I don't know if they are coated with anything. I have put some 409 on them and scrubbed with a green scrub pad. It helped, but I would still like to get some of the sticky off. It reminds me of when I don't leave my CI pans baking long enough and the seasoning layer is sticky, instead of hard.
I have considered oven cleaner, and clean it like a regular grill, but I am afraid of damaging it. The previous owners did not leave the owners manuel, so not sure how to care for it.
I am also feeling my way through baking in a convection oven. (Lucky for me it also will bake like a regular oven) Another new path for me. AND I have a dishwasher that I am quickly getting the hang of. (Though I still find myself hand washing a lot of things.) I am also adapting to granite counter tops. Another strange thing for me. But I think I like it. (unlike the garbage disposal that I do NOT like. For it is a vicious thing. >:o/) Just trying to learn how to best care for the granite. I find myself constantly putting mats between the granite and what ever I am setting on it.

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  1. I don't know if it's considered a proper method but I put my grates in a sink full of hot, soapy water using dish detergent and let them soak awhile using a nylon scrubbie if necessary

    1. Put them in a plastic bag, pour a cup of ammonia in, seal the bag and let them sit for a few hours. Outside is good, black plastic bag in the sun is better.

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        1. re: sparrowgrass

          The ammonia works like magic!! I put mine in a large garbage bag and pour in a cup of ammonia. I sit it out on the patio over night. In the morning, the ammonia has just disappeared and there is no smell. I rinse the grates in the sink and just wipe away the few spots that don't rinse away down the drain. They look like new. No scrubbing and no mess. I can't imagine using and scrubbing the stuff that will eat your skin!! There is no reason to use that!!

        2. We do ours outside with oven cleaner and garden hose...yours I do not know.

          We also run our grates thru dishwasher.

          Convection makes a nice crispy chicken skin! Yum!

          Granite countertops are hard on glasses is what I find!

          Never did like garbage disposal, we compost.

          Enjoy your new home!

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          1. re: Raffles

            >We also run our grates thru dishwasher<

            Do they not rust? This is a Kitchenaid range. Don't know where I might find the model number. Maybe I could look up a manual for it.

            Oh. And I am puzzled about the exhaust fan over the stove. It does not go anywhere but blows out above the cabinets. I have 10ft ceilings, so there is maybe 2 ft or so of space above the cabinet. But what good is an exhaust fan if it does not exhaust outside the house? Reminds me of smoking sections in a restaurant that was in the same room as the non smoking section. How does that help anything? The smoke is still in the room.
            Anyway. Not using the exhaust fan. I have no desire for smelly, damp, greasy air to blow out on my cabinet tops and ceiling.

            1. re: dixiegal

              For the model number, sometimes they're on the inside side of the oven or broiler door. My Maytag has a set of informative labels on the upper left rear of the control panel. They swing up when you need to check them.

              There are a lot of manuals online, and I suspect you'd find yours there as well.

              1. re: sr44

                >For the model number, sometimes they're on the inside side of the oven or broiler door.<

                My stove is separate for the oven. It's strange. The stove is gas and made by Kitchenaid. The oven is electric - Jen-Air. Not sure about the built in microwave. The refridgerator, which I don't like the style of (don't like the freezer drawer on the bottom, AT ALL), is Amana, the disposal is Kenmore and the dishwasher is Kitchenaid. I guess they were not hung up on any particular brand. LOL. Except the Jen-Air oven. Previous owner said she would def get another one. She loved it.

                Thanks for all the cleaning tips. I will be waiting until the weather warms up, so I can take the grates outside. But I so love the gas range. My favorite thing in the kitchen. Like cooking over a camp fire or something. Oh and there is a wood burning stove for heating in the family room. Can't wait to set a pot of beans or stew on that baby. The 'polar vortex' hit before we could get the chimney cleaned and some wood brought in. So it may be next winter before we can put that to good use.

                1. re: dixiegal

                  Nothing strange about that configuration. You want a gas range and an electric oven, because both are more precise for their purposes.

                  And all the brands you have are very good. Sounds like you've never used a gas range before. You are in for a treat. Better than camping for sure.

                  I have a nice kitchen (Viking range; GE electric oven), but I have a deep case of kitchen envy from your description

              2. re: dixiegal

                more than likely your "exhaust" fan is there to draw the grease into its filter instead of having the grease spread throughout your kitchen. it, also, probably has a light fixture in it so that you have better lighting while your cooking.

                1. re: dixiegal

                  Our "exhaust" fan vents to our attic space. We never use it. I'll deal with a messy kitchen and stinky in the house to avoid funk in the attic.

                  1. re: autumm

                    and burn your house down,,,, have it fixed!!!!

                    1. re: Raffles

                      Only 2-3 k to have another hole drilled through the roof. I'll hold off on the frying till I get my permanent kitchen in 10 years or so

                      1. re: autumm

                        $2-3k to drill a hole and extend the exhaust a few feet? It's seriously JUST a hole, a piece of pipe, and some flashing.

                        Has someone actually priced this for you? Seems like $2-3 hundred at best.

              3. We inherited a well used restaurant range that was covered with years of cooked on grease. Before we moved it into the house we applied multiplel applications of a heavy duty degreaser (Johnson Brand I think). Coupled with nylon scrubbing pads and hours of rubbing we got the stainless steel portions back to something that shined again. The cast iron grates took three or four times as long with even more applications of the degreaser using metal scrubby pads (not fine Brillo pads but much much coarser ones). Wear HD gloves and goggles as the degreaser can dissolve away skin. In the end it was worth a weekend for an 8 burner with 2 ovens that looked well seasoned but clean.

                1. Look up a local restaurant supply business. Go there and buy a can or cans of Carbon-Off. That product and considerable patience will restore CI and porcelain-coated CI to whatever state they are in after all the abrasives have been used.