Originally Posted by SodiumPentathol
Well, my fiance "rescued" a bbq from the neighbours who were trying to throw it our because the element inside was burnt out.
Element burnt out? This screams ELECTRIC GRILL to me, and I don't think I would build a fire in it and cook food for human consumption unless all the electrical components have been removed.
To clean it, I would go buy a can of oven cleaner, spray it thoroughly inside and out, let it sit for a few hours, then wipe it clean.
That said, you can buy a charcoal burning grill brand spanking new for less than the cost of your labor, at minimum wage, to clean this one up. Run over to K-Mart or Wally World and buy a servicable unit for under 45 bucks American.