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Old 03-28-2011, 10:30 PM   #1
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Outdoor Grill - Cleaning a Real Pain

I thought I had to have this grill that I purchased at Camping World last year.

Coleman Co - Coleman Red Two Burner Electronic Ignition Propane Grill Stove - Gas Grills - Camping World

The grill does a nice job. But what a pain to clean this thing. I place aluminum foil below the grill surface to catch as much grease and drippings as possible ... but cleaning the surface is a real pain. In fact so much of a pain, that I dread pulling the thing out and using it now.

Anyone on here have ideas on easy cleanup? Or do you just leave the crud on the grill surface and give a good "burn" prior to cooking the next meal?

Also attached are a couple of photos from our campout this past weekend at Bastrop State Park (30 minutes east of Austin, TX). What a great weekend for camping ... beautiful 90 degree weather.
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Old 03-28-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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I have the same problem with my grill.. its a pain to clean.

However.. if we had 90* days like you are having I would get a scraper and clean away without a complaint! lol

Maybe a cold beer too..
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Old 03-28-2011, 11:05 PM   #3
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We've looked at that grill and been very tempted...they look really cool and probably work great...but like any other gas grill, cleanup is a whole 'nother story... We have a snazzy stainless steel gas infrared grill and we have the same cleanup issues with it...a real PITA. This is one of the reasons for the most part we have just stuck with our little rectangular Weber charcoal grill (unless we can't have a charcoal fire in a particular campground). Sure it gets dirty, but it's a charcoal grill, so I don't feel like it has to be sparkling clean...just put the lid on and pack it up...next time, light the charcoal, let it heat up, scrape the grill and we're good to go! Periodically a do a heavy cleaning on it. Glad to see you're enjoying the new rig! Looks like a nice campground, too...
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I have the same grill. Using the foil helps a lot. I clean it regularly with oven cleaner, a scrubby, & water hose. Cation: the cleaner faded the blue paint when I left it on too long.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:04 PM   #5
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Thanks for all the replies. Guess I'll continue to clean this thing and drink a beer (no wait ... I can down 3 beers in the time it takes me to clean this thing).
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:30 PM   #6
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(no wait ... I can down 3 beers in the time it takes me to clean this thing).
And the problem is ????????????????

Just where can I get one of these things?

When I was growing up I remember my dad measured the difficulty of jobs around the house by the number of beers it would take to complete the task.

"That's a two beer job" "That's a three beer job"

Once we built a nice patio with a fireplace, BBQ etc. That must have been measured in cases.
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Just what is a grill?

I use a Weber charcoal starter chimney with a s/s grill on top. Its fast and easy with just a piece of newspaper needed to start. As long as you don't need to cook for a large group it works great, simply let charcoal burn out and put away, no muss no fuss. I can cook burgers to filet mignon to tuna steaks. VERY HIGH heat cooks fast.
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Jim - actually you make a pretty good point. Kinda makes for a good excuse to sit down and have a few. LOL.
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Jim - actually you make a pretty good point. Kinda makes for a good excuse to sit down and have a few. LOL.
Hey, that's a true story. Dad would send me in the house to get him a beer, He had shown me how to open it with a 'church key". I was very young. After a while, I would take a sip. Well, as time went on, the sip became half a can.

One day Dad said "Hey boy", (he was from Oklahoma, always called me boy until the day he died), "Why don't you go in and get us a couple of beers."

He was quite a guy.
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Oh, I use oven cleaner on our Coleman grill. Works well.

It's only a one beer job.
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I use one of those wire basket types and cook over the open fire. I also use the Dutch oven or an Cast iron pan. This way I don't have the greasy mess to clean up. The food tastes better over the wood also.
I only use the gas grill when it rains. For the worse, it's PBJ
I have used the inside stove about 4 times in so many years and that was to boil water for pasta.
Oh; I don't forget the Buds
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Ever used one of those 2-bit car washes? There seems to be one on every corner.
That is where I take my grill for a cleaning. I just cover or remove the regulator first
then blast away.
If the grill won't play the game my way it's not good enough for me.
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Check out the Holland Companion. Minimal clean up, occasionaly scrape off the drip pan. As for cooking, hard to beat. Guaranteed to NEVER flair up, not even with the cheap burgers.
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i gave up that outside grill years ago. i use the outside grill that most campgrounds have. i just have a elec hot plate, frying pan,fry daddy, crock pot, that i use outside.
one less mess to clean.
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