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Old 10-12-2008, 06:20 PM   #11
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I use the dishwasher - never had a problem.
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Old 10-12-2008, 07:15 PM   #12
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My most used burners are the cleanest.... so I rotate....
They are not painted, so I think I will try throwing them in the oven.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:13 PM   #13
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Do you grates have a painted finish?
Mine are enamel-coated cast iron.
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Old 10-12-2008, 08:23 PM   #14
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Take them out in the back yard...lay them on news paper....spray with Easy Off Oven Cleaner...allow the cleaner to work...depending on how dirty they are...an hour or two.... Rinse and repeat if necessary. Read the instructions/cautions on the can and be careful.

DITTO! Make sure it's the "cold oven cleaner". It may even take a couple days. Mine were horrid when I figured "it couldn't hurt". I left mine in the kitchen sink and just kept respraying them for a few days. They were sparkling afterwards! Now, it's much easier to keep them clean. I also sprayed the pans under the grate...does a great job! Rub off with the nylon side of a sponge. If it is stubborn just repeat! Mine are also enamel-coated.

(I see Katie E does the same thing!!!)
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Old 10-14-2008, 01:12 PM   #15
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I use to take mine to the car wash but since getting the power washer for the deck and cars I just take them to the garage.

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Old 10-14-2008, 11:59 PM   #16
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Adillo303,
Are your grates plain cast iron or enameled?
My concern is rusting if they're put in the dishwasher.
If you tell me your grates are not enameled, I will use the dishwasher.
Do you use a regular cycle with the normal amount of dw soap?
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Old 05-02-2012, 07:53 AM   #17
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Cast Iron

You can't put cast iron in the dishwasher. Scrub them down really well and let dry completely. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slather on Crisco or cooking oil all over the cast iron and place in oven for one hour. This should last about a month or so.

Try not to let pots with water overflow! This causes the rust.
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Old 05-02-2012, 08:46 AM   #18
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Oven Cleaner is, if I recall, a combination of lye and ammonia. A trick we used to use, and still use when I think about it, is to place oven grates, stove top grates, barbecue grates, etc, into a large, plastic garbage bag, with a bowl of ammonia. let it sit overnight. Everything just wipes off of the metal with a damp sponge, and there is no goop to clean up from oven spray. The fumes from the ammonia is all it takes. Everything comes out sparkling after the wipe-down. Dispose of the ammonia as you would normally. And remember, ammonia is naturally produced in nature and is part of the life cycle. In environmental classes, you learn that there is a part of the natural order called the ammonia cycle. Don't be fearful of the stuff. Just use properly, and don't use in an enclosed area without ventilation.

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Old 05-02-2012, 09:35 AM   #19
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You can't put cast iron in the dishwasher. Scrub them down really well and let dry completely. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slather on Crisco or cooking oil all over the cast iron and place in oven for one hour. This should last about a month or so.

Try not to let pots with water overflow! This causes the rust.
Mine are cast iron similar in composition to a CI skillet. They have enjoyed numerous trips through the DW with no damage.

You will not hurt CI cookware by putting in the DW. What you will destroy is the seasoning.
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Old 05-02-2012, 10:59 AM   #20
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Ours are cast iron and we hand wash them with dishes about once a week or so. They have never needed reseasoning and they have been in use for 60 years.
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