Using aluminum foil to clean a grill

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A friend of mine insists that laying out sheets of aluminum foil across the grilling racks of his propane grill in between cooking batches of food and then tuning the heat way up keeps his grilling racks clean!

When I first fire up my propane grill (or charcoal grill for that matter) I always use high heat and the top down to singe any previous leftover debris so I can clean the grill easier with a wire brush. Sort of like a cleaning cycle. Then in between batches of food, I just use the brush to clean away any debris before placing the next batch.

Not him. He makes people wait for food so he can do this ridciulous routine over and over thinking that it's doing some good. I've tried to tell him it does nothing and he's wasting time and gas but he doesn't listen and keeps doing it because someone told him to.

(Personally, I think the guy was messing with him and being the egotistical fella he is, fell for it, locke, stock and barrel.)

I've worked a grill professionally back in the day and never heard of this so called trick so I think it's bologna.

What say you all, is he wasting his gas and our time or is there something here I have been missing all these many years grilling?

Does using aluminum foil help clean or keep your grilling racks clean?

Red.
 
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To clean my grill I crumple the piece of foil and scrub heavy handedly 'till the scum comes off.
 
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Well, some people in "pro circles" like to burn their grill off with sheet trays or whatever on top, as part of a deep clean. I definately do not recommend this unless you like freebasing your hamburgers.
 
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Sorry if thats over the top, i just really hate the smell of superheated aluminum... smells like chemicals are coming off to me. So, i don't like it.
 
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All I do is run a wire brush over the smoker grate. Once a year I use a propane torch to burn all the crud off. As it preheats it will kill anything growing on it anyway...
 
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this is what I have been using for the past couple of years, works like a charm
[product="27404"]Tool Wizard Grill Brush Wizard 2 Brushes And 2 Scrubbers  [/product]
recommended by Cooks Illustrated

I buy zinc coated scouring pads at the dollar store and simply change as needed
 
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Zinc? Near food cooking surfaces at high heat? Pass, any particles left behind can off gas and make you sick
 
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Really? Wow, thanks MaryB, I'll pick up the copper ones next time, I found those el cheapo metal scrubbers that are similar to a steel wool pad, the ones that don't have the elastic wound in to them
 
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Look up pipefitters disease, happens when you weld on zinc coated steel. As it gets hot the zinc off gasses and can cause flu like symptoms.
 

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