Why Stones are Safer than Wire Brushes for Cleaning your Grill

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Wire grill cleaning brushes have been in the news as of recent.  Wire bristles can come off the brush while cleaning the grill, get stuck on the grill, and end up in the food you eat.  It may not be evident that a person has ingested a wire bristle until much later when mysterious discomfort and pain emerges, and prompts a visit to the hospital.  

This prompted a need to find a less hazardous alternative to cleaning grills with wire brushes. I admit I still like my wire brush, and I make sure to wipe down the grill after brushing, but there are some alternatives to using the traditional wire brush that should be considered. These grill brush alternatives are effective, innovative, and capable of doing the job of cleaning your grill grates.

GrillStone Grill Cleaner Starter Set, with Handle and Two Blocks
Grillstone Cleaning Blocks look like pumice stones, however they're made from recycled glass, and perform just as well as pumice. This translates to the Grillstone Cleaning Block being very good at getting tough deposits off cooking grates and is well suited for serious cleaning. Much like The Woody Paddle, the GrillStone Cleaning Blocks will conform to the pattern of the grill grates you use them on.  They're also replaceable with a special handle. This is another solid alternative that works well for cleaning your grill without leaving behind dangerous bristles.

Other notable products include:

The Woody Paddle - New All Natural BBQ Grill Scraper
For cleaning grill grates the traditional choices are: brushes and scrapers. Metal scrapers aren't the best choice because they can chip or scratch porcelain coatings and metal grates. This scraper is make from oak so it won't damage the grates. While using wood to clean your hot grill may seem odd, it's a great solution because the wood will form grooves and conform to the shape of the cooking grates after repeated use, providing a better clean after each use. This is a craftsman product and will occasionally need coatings of food grade mineral oil to preserve the wood. When well taken care of, the Woody Paddle can last for years and will get better over time for your grill or smoker.

Char-Broil 8366894 Nylon Bristle Brush
Typically it's best to clean grates while they are hot. To do this, you need to have a grill cleaning brush that can take temperatures well over 600 degrees F. However, what if there was a better way? Char-Broil has produced a line of grill brushes that are designed to be used on a cool surface. This nylon bristle brush has stiff, thick bristles that are good for clearing away food deposits from the grill surface and remove the risk of a metal bristle being ingested. And it has comparable performance to metal bristle brushes. Used while the grates are warm, after cooking is more effective though. It's definitely a viable alternative for those wishing to avoid metal brushes.

GrillFloss - Ultimate BBQ Grill Cleaning Tool
Grillfloss may be one of the most thorough grill grate cleaning tools on the market. It's a metal rod with a swivel mounted hook on the end that cleans all the way around the grate, not just the top. The limitation is that Grillfloss is designed for metal rod grates, typically of a heavy gauge, and requires a methodical approach, with each rod being cleaned individually. This means that it takes more time to get the grates clean. This is the perfect product for the patient person, serious about getting every bit of grime from their cooking grates.