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Old 06-20-2015, 08:58 PM   #11
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The Dangers Of Using A Wire Brush On The BBQ

I've used crumpled aluminum foil with tongs. I also have used my short-bristled grill brush, and really haven't paid much attention to whatever it left behind. Guess I will now!
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:40 PM   #12
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The only way I see that you leave bristles behind like that video is:

1) he bought a cheap brush that is very poorly made - probably in a Chinese sweat shop

2) he didn't do a very good job of cleaning and left glue like gunk all over the grate. When I use my wire brush, the grill is preheated and everything stuck to it is burned down to ash. All I'm really doing with the brush is knocking off some lumps that turn to powder as I scrape. The brush leaves nothing behind on the surface of the grate, because there is nothing there to hold any bristles that might break off.

3) he set that up for the video. He is showing a half dozen left on the grate after a little bit of scraping? Something doesn't jive. That is put out as a "report", but I see it as mostly fiction. If he is truly a reporter, then he should be fired.

I've used one brush for years and if it lost bristles at the rate his did, it would have been bald in a couple of months. I call foul and fake. He may actually have swallowed a bristle somehow, some way (like maybe using the brush on one part of the grate while cooking something next to it?), but I think that it was a one off rare occurrence, not something that any reasonably aware person should have to worry about.
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Old 06-20-2015, 09:56 PM   #13
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RP, my first thought was I hope he doesn't lose his hair that fast. It looked like he had loosened those bristles. I am not a griller, although I do love a good grilled burger. But I would think if those bristles were coming out on their own without him loosening any of them, then there had to be some glue holding some of them. Those that were held tight should have just broken in half instead of coming out whole, if he was brushing really hard.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:43 PM   #14
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I grill probably 20 times a year, and have for decades. I'm not saying it can't happen, but never before have I heard of anyone swallowing a grill brush bristle.

I do like RP and others have said and burn stuff off first. I use the scraper side of my grill brush more often than the brush itself. It gets replaced every few years or so.

I couldn't find the exact one I have right now, I got it from Home Depot. It looks a lot like this one, but with a longer handle. Not expensive, but does the job.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:47 PM   #15
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...This would never have made the news if he didn't happen to be a reporter.
Yup.

I always thought you were supposed to clean the grate in the same directions the rails run? Less chance of a bristle coming loose. Then aren't you supposed to go over the cleaned grate with an oiled paper towel so that your foods don't stick while you're grilling? That would have knocked off/picked up any other tiny stray fibers.

Don't have to worry about using a grill brush though. Our grate is just a wee bit shorter than our basement utility tub is wide. After the grill cools we take the grate down the bulkhead steps and put it into hot, soapy water to soak. A quick brushing with a nylon dish brush usually does the trick. If not, I finish it off with an SOS pad. Oh no, I'm gonna die from metal shards!
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Yup.

I always thought you were supposed to clean the grate in the same directions the rails run? Less chance of a bristle coming loose. Then aren't you supposed to go over the cleaned grate with an oiled paper towel so that your foods don't stick while you're grilling? That would have knocked off/picked up any other tiny stray fibers.

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Well, that's certainly the way it's going to get more stuff off. I figure his wife told him he had to brush the grill and he never thought about why and just did it.
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Old 06-20-2015, 11:27 PM   #17
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A few years back management here took away the brushes (without explanation) and gave us the grill stone. The men were very upset. But after using the stone that one Saturday, they were happy. I would have to assume it was all about the bristles coming out of the brush. To the men, it just didn't seem very manly to use a stone for cleaning. Nothing like a good hard brushing to get anything clean. One of the guys suggested that they soak the grills in an engine cleaning solution. That idea got shot down real fast.

We women have to laugh at the men here. They think women know nothing about grilling. Only men know how to do it right. Blah, blah, blah. They were sorry they opened their mouth by the time we got done with them.
Let'snot turn this into an us against them argument. Not all guys are idiots, and not all women are geniuses.

Though I'm much better with the grill than is DW, it's only because I made it my mission to learn that Webber Kettle, and every technique that can be used with it. But that's the way I am with everything. I know men who regularly turn burgers into hockey pucks on the grill, and I knew a woman who coated her steaks with baking soda before grilling then.

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I think the best way to clean the grill is fire. Get the coals roaring hot. It will remove all the organic material that might have stuck to the grates.

Fire is nature's cleanser.
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Stay away from this grill brush! Didn't lose any bristles, just didn't get the promised steam.

http://www.amazon.com/Grill-Daddy-Cl...he+grill+daddy

I'll stick to the "next fire" cleaning method and standard grill brush.
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I think the best way to clean the grill is fire. Get the coals roaring hot. It will remove all the organic material that might have stuck to the grates.

Fire is nature's cleanser.
I have no problem leaving my grill dirty until the next time I use it. Then I turn it on full blast to pre-heat and walk away. 10-15 minutes later any food residue is ash and I just brush it off. Then I oil before cooking.
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