Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 29
  1. #1

    Default How to clean campground grill grates before use

    How would one propose cleaning campground charcoal racks before using them? Last weekend I brought my own light weight grates to put on top of the rusty ones at campsite. Would pouring light fluid on the grate and igniting it work?

  2. #2

    Default

    aluminum foil

  3. #3
    Registered User
    Join Date
    04-02-2013
    Location
    Pensacola, Florida
    Posts
    590

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    How would one propose cleaning campground charcoal racks before using them? Last weekend I brought my own light weight grates to put on top of the rusty ones at campsite. Would pouring light fluid on the grate and igniting it work?
    I would never intentionally put the lighter fluid on the grates and light it.

    What are you afraid of? If the fire is hot, it will kill any pathogen on the grate.
    Time is but the stream I go afishin' in.
    Thoreau

  4. #4

    Default

    Im "affraid" of crapping my brains out like I did last weekend and the past 2 days. I just want to ensure a clean surface to cook on.

  5. #5
    Registered User Ktaadn's Avatar
    Join Date
    07-08-2011
    Location
    Elkridge, MD
    Age
    41
    Posts
    715

    Default

    The hot fire would esentially 'clean' the grates. I'm generally more concerned about the rust at that point. Is eating rust harmful to your health?

  6. #6

  7. #7

    Default

    A quick search pulled this up ^^^^

  8. #8
    Registered User Hikes in Rain's Avatar
    Join Date
    10-14-2005
    Location
    Tallahassee, Florida
    Age
    65
    Posts
    2,151
    Images
    23

    Default

    Rust is iron oxide; it won't hurt you. But mixed with all the dirt and soot, it wouldn't taste good, and would leave nastiness on your food. Bringing your own light rack, as you did, or cover the existing one with foil, as rocketsocks said, is really your best bet.

  9. #9

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    Im "affraid" of crapping my brains out like I did last weekend and the past 2 days. I just want to ensure a clean surface to cook on.
    Sounds like you got a different problem.
    Aluminum foil (a bit of aluminum foil, or a rock in a pinch) will clean it physically.
    Fire will clean it fine, biologically.

    Not cooking your meat to temp, maintaining good hygiene (personal and kitchen) or treating your water will solve your other problems.

    A thought as well-
    When I bring fresh meat- I freeze it all prior to leaving and wrap it in foil. Hamburger or pork products- use first day. Steak, second day. Ham Steak or other salt heavy item- maybe three days.
    I don't take a chance with chicken or fish.
    Dry ice is another good trick in this regard, and makes a nice chilled libation.

  10. #10

    Default

    Personally I don't care what the science and facts are. I wouldn't eat food off a campground grate unless I was really in a pinch. When car camping we bring our own small grate and usually balance it over it the existing grate. Safe or not - no thanks.

  11. #11

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by DandT40 View Post
    Personally I don't care what the science and facts are. I wouldn't eat food off a campground grate unless I was really in a pinch. When car camping we bring our own small grate and usually balance it over it the existing grate. Safe or not - no thanks.
    This is my same feeling. I just bring my own and be done with it

  12. #12

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    This is my same feeling. I just bring my own and be done with it
    that's what I do too, bought one years ago after fiddling around trying to clean up somebody else's mess, got a few different sizes.

  13. #13

    Default

    Tent stakes on rocks work too.
    The worms can be fried with a little butter- cook up just like caramelized onions on your steak.
    Yum!

    Don't forget to pick some random mushrooms- they never make you sick.

  14. #14

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Just Bill View Post
    Tent stakes on rocks work too.
    The worms can be fried with a little butter- cook up just like caramelized onions on your steak.
    Yum!

    Don't forget to pick some random mushrooms- they never make you sick.
    ...and if your really lucky...escargots. I know this one campground where there's tons of Ed car gots slimin' around.

  15. #15
    GA-ME 2011
    Join Date
    03-17-2007
    Location
    Baltimore, MD
    Age
    61
    Posts
    3,046
    Images
    9

    Default

    I wouldn't think eating a little rust off a campfire grate would hurt you. A hundred years ago people put iron nails in apples which were allowed to rust a little. Then they would pull the nails and eat the apples to help with iron deficiency. They also picked up iron in their diet by cooking on cast iron pots and pans.

    So a little rust is probably good for you.

    As someone else said food poisoning usually takes effect 8 to 12 after eating the bad food. What did you have for lunch that day?
    "Chainsaw" GA-ME 2011

  16. #16
    Registered User Wise Old Owl's Avatar
    Join Date
    01-29-2007
    Location
    High up in an old tree
    Posts
    14,427
    Journal Entries
    19
    Images
    16

    Default

    OMG - the owl concurs with Just Bill your upchuck issues have nothing to do with the grill.. Take a wire hardware brush instead. I suggest watching a little of Bobby Flay on burgers and avoid eating Bubba Burgers... - bit nasty if you know what I mean.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCz_BWpR56E
    Dogs are excellent judges of character, this fact goes a long way toward explaining why some people don't like being around them.

    Woo

  17. #17
    Registered User Tuckahoe's Avatar
    Join Date
    09-26-2004
    Location
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Age
    48
    Posts
    2,320
    Images
    52

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit McCrae View Post
    Im "affraid" of craping my brains out like I did last weekend and the past 2 days. I just want to ensure a clean surface to cook on.
    Nomnomnomnom mmmmm iron oxide...

    You do realize that your own kitchen sanitiation more likely to make you sick than a campsite grill, right?
    igne et ferrum est potentas
    "In the beginning, all America was Virginia." -​William Byrd

  18. #18

    Join Date
    05-05-2011
    Location
    state of confusion
    Posts
    9,869
    Journal Entries
    1

    Default

    Ashes and grease of yesterday, for burgers of tomorrow

  19. #19

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    OMG - the owl concurs with Just Bill your upchuck issues have nothing to do with the grill.. Take a wire hardware brush instead. I suggest watching a little of Bobby Flay on burgers and avoid eating Bubba Burgers... - bit nasty if you know what I mean.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oCz_BWpR56E
    Never sid anything about upchuck...Diarhea all the way

  20. #20

    Default

    Yea I always use foil on those grills. People are crazy and not telling what is on it. If I was cooking directly on it I would make a huge fire under and let the flames rise up above the grate for a few mintes and then let it die down.

Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
++ New Posts ++

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •