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How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill????

Posted by Ann_T (My Page) on
Mon, Sep 9, 02 at 20:02

I took my grill apart today and totally cleaned all of the insides. Since everything is stainless, I sprayed it with oven cleaner. What a job. The timing was good, because I had noticed recently that the trays that hold the ceramic bars were cracked and I called DCS and they immediately sent me out two new trays. (Covered under warranty) They arrived today. My Grill is 4 years old and this is probably only the 4th time I have done this. I just wondered how often everyone else does this. I keep my grids clean and the pull out drip tray but I don't often take everything out including the burners and do a REAL cleaning.

How often would you recommend doing this?

Ann.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

I guess no one wants to answer this guestion. So i will move it on down the page. LOL

Ann.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

Sorry Ann, I personally haven't had my Virco long enough to disassemble it and give it the cleaning you describe. I use my grill on the average about 3 times a week or so. I have cooked everthing from burgers and dogs to rotisseried chicken, ribs and even indirectly slow smoked a few briskets, picnic roasts and chickens. I typically keep the grates brushed and the drip pan clean, that's about it. Have had this grill since late May only. I suspect a yearly thourough cleaning would be reasonable though, just to keep everything from getting to "caked" up and making sure the burners are clean and cleared out. I don't really slow down my grilling in the winter time like some might, so next spring I will probably venture towards that level of cleaning.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

Thanks Bsbbq,

Once a year is basically what I have been doing. I noticed though this time it seem to be really in need of a good cleaning. Of course it is never going to look "new" again. My DCS is a little over 4 years old. The only reason I did it this time, is it seemed a shame to add two beautifully clean new parts to a dirty grill.

I also grill all year around which is easy out west here, but wasn't so easy when I had to keep a path shoveled on the deck when we lived in Northern Ontario. (58 inches in one weekend, but that is another story.) LOL

Ann.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

Ann T
I also have recently purchased my Virco and intend to clean about every year or so..My Brother in law also has a stainless grill he cleans with oven cleaner..sometimes takes two applications but removes almost 100% of gunk.
Bsbbq,
I dont get alot of gunk in the drip pan, it seems most of it hardens before getting there. I wish the plates the drippings hit had a little more angle to them to get more to run off. I guess I would have more when slow cooking but usually use a throw away pan for catching the waste.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

The flame tamers are also a problem with my Virco. Drippings seem to accumulate on them and eventually flare-up. My drip pan gets loaded with gunk, especially from oily foods such as salmon or ribs. I have had to clean this grill twice and I do not use it that often. My cleanings only consist of removing the residue and gunk. I do not use cleaning products on the inside of the grill. The outside gets cleaned and polished after every four or five uses.

I still am very satisfied with this grill and I am VERY satisfied with my purchase.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

I use my Virco mostly for the rotisserie, and since I use a drip pan set on the grating, not much gets onto the innards of the grill. I have done some steaks and these of course dripped, but so far I haven't even had to clean off the Virco drip tray.

I ran the stainless steel grates through the dishwasher a couple of times, but I'm planning on letting them carbonize, which should "season" them and make them easier to clean off later.

I *might* get some ceramic briquettes and some sort of stainless perforated tray to hold them, but that's not a priority for me right now.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

What do you cook with the rotis. besides chicken? I have not used mine yet but feel I should in case there is something wrong with it. My family is not crazy about whole chickens, so I want to do a turkey but cannot find the time. Any other suggestions?


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

Well, I have cooked a 15 lb turkey, with good results. And it was done very quickly - in about 2 hours, as I recall. I have also cooked cornish game hens, two up, with great results.

I've seen photos of baby back ribs being cooked with the rotisserie, which looks like a good idea as well, although trussing them up on the spit is probably a bit complicated.

Basically though, I think poultry is ideal for rotisserie, as they are hollow inside. I don't know who well a leg of lamb or beef roast would do, but probably they would be fine as well. I really like the cleanliness of rotisserie cooking - the dip pan catches just about everything and the drippings don't burn so they make good gravy as well.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

When I first bought my grill and before the novelty of the rotisserie wore off, I cooked whole chickens, and prime ribs as well as a Strip Loin roasts on the rotisserie with very good results. I never did do my ribs that way. But....... I find that I get just as good of results either cooking directly on the grill over indirect heat, or in a roasting pan over in direct heat on the grill. I find the rotisserie to be a pain in the A@#, especially when removing the meat or chicken.

Ann.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

Ann, I guess I agree with you about the rotis. being a bother but I really need to test mine out to see if it works correctly. Did the strip sirloin stay rare in the middle with a hot iron shoved through it? Do you remember how long it took?

Spambdamn, I can probably find 2 hours on Saturday to cook a turkey. However, I do not understand the drip pan. Do you add one while cooking or are you referring to the one already under the flame tamers?


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

I put the drip pan under the meat on the rotisserie, either on top of the grating or, if I remove the grating, on top of the flame tamers. The idea is to keep all drippings off the lower part of the grill (grating, flame tamer, burners, etc.). Of course I don't use the lower burners directly under the drip pan, as that would cook the drippings and burn them. I have found it's ok to use the far left burner on low to keep wood chips smoking if it's not directly under the drip pan.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

zbull, The time will depend on the size of your roast, but it doesn't take very long to roast a Strip loin roast on the rotisserie or right on the grill over indirect heat for that matter. Last time I did one on the grill I cooked it over the indirect heat on medium high and the temp was over 600F in my DCS so it cooked very quickly. I also put a pan of Yorkshire PUddings on the grill to bake after I removed the roast. We also like our beef rare to medium rare and this also is no problem with the rotisserie.

Ann.


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RE: How Often Do You Clean All of The Inside of Your Gas Grill???

leg of lamb works great as well on the rotis, I've made a couple.


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