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Old 01-25-2011, 08:39 PM   #1
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Question Help - Slippery grates on gas stove top!

I bought a new gas stove in August. It's a Kenmore and I really like it. The only thing I have had a problem with are the grates on top of the burners. They are a black, glossy finish and are very slippery. For example, when I use my stove top grill/griddle...it slides all over the place. I wonder why they don't make the grates in a rougher finish so this doesn't happen? Pans slide on it, too.

Is there a safe way to "rough up" the grates so they would be more stable, but not to rub the paint/finish off so they don't rust? Or I wonder if rougher replacement grates might be sold to replace the slick ones?

Anyone ever dealt with this and won??



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Old 01-26-2011, 09:56 AM   #2
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I think my stove was like that too! 5 years later, it's fine.

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Old 01-26-2011, 10:03 AM   #3
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Yep, my new stove was like that for a while, it's now not an issue. I'm sure they would get plenty of complaints if they were not glass smooth to begin with, because of cleaning issues.
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Old 01-26-2011, 10:37 AM   #4
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I was going to say, let me cook a few meals on it, they won't be slippery anymore

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Old 01-26-2011, 11:08 AM   #5
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Well, I've had it since August. Don't you all think if the enamel coating was going to scuff up that it would have by now??
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Old 01-26-2011, 11:27 AM   #6
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Not necessarily....Depends on the amount of use...pots/pan material, etc.
Have you tried cleaning with Bar Keepers Friend or even Comet? Maybe even a light scrubbing with an SOS/Brillo pad...None of which would damage the grates, but may give you that needed "roughness" to give your pots and pans traction......
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Old 01-26-2011, 12:15 PM   #7
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The slippery-ness of the burners may make using a two burner griddle a problem but it also makes it easier for you to move pots and pans around on the stove top.
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Old 01-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #8
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You might try spraying them with oven cleaner and leaving them in the sink for a while. I too had that problem with mine. But they don't do that any more. I never thought about why that might be but i do clean mine with oven cleaner.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:03 AM   #9
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Annie: I too have same problem you are saying as i just bought this new Kenmore propane stove and love it all except i feel the height and slipperness of the burners is a danger. I was thinking of scouring them to make them rough but was not sure if they would look ugly or rust w/o a coating on them? I have always had Kenmore and cook only w/ propane but do not remember my older stovetops having grids that were so slick.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:05 PM   #10
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i find that if you overfill a pot with some good thick sauce... spaghetti is good..
and let it boil over a few times, then don't clean the grates, your problem goes away
You might have to repeat the process a few times.

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