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Avoid Steel Bristles In Your Intestines: The Right BBQ Scraper

wire-brushWe’ve all been there. Any pit jockey worth his or her tongs has been there. Has seen their beloved grill grate in various states of entropy and decay. With blackened carnage clinging to the grate in crusty reminders of smoke outs past, and grand family BBQ’s. And who hasn’t grabbed one of those steel brushes and got to work on the grate, cleansing it’s working surface for the betterment of thy people. You feel like a man when you do it. It’s what we’re trained to do. And the problem is, it’s not particularity a smart thing to do.

The Folly With Steel Wire

Seems the ageless wire brush we use on our grills has one painful folly. Every once in a while a steel bristle breaks off. And every once in a while beyond that, some one eats it. Well, we don’t need to go into detail how such a diet of steel bristles truly sucks, it’s as bad as you’re thinking it would be, but instead, lets just cut to the point, and find an answer to this quandary. An answer besides not BBQing that is. Because that would be no life at all.

BBQ Scraper – Natural Wooden Grill Cleaner


Enter The Wooden Scraper

I’m sure many of the readership has heard of wooden scrapers by now. They’ve been out for a while, in response, no doubt, to steel pricks finding their way in to people’s intestinal tracks. Thus enters the wooden scraper. While we do not know who invented the idea of a wooden scraper for the BBQ arts, we gotta agree, it’s a good idea. Tho we have never once experienced a busted-off bristle ruining our BBQ, and we’ve BBQ’d a lot, it also stands to reason, why would you ever take the chance if you didn’t have to. We recently were given some wooden scrapers to test out by the good folks at Nice little, functional scrapers made of birch. Simple, but effective. Like good BBQ, I suppose. And best of all, no chance ever of  a wayward steel needle in your belly. Lets take a closer gander at this thing.

BBQ Scraper – Natural Wooden Grill Cleaner

The Original BBQ Scraper


The Scrape Down

Well there’s basically nothing to it, as you can see. Just use it. Tip it on edge over a hot grate, any kind of grate, and within the time frame of the first cook, the scraper begins to customize right to your grate. Creating its own set of grooves to match your grate. And yes, it’s a grate idea! Sorry. Had to. And further more, the more you use these kind of scrapers, the better, more customized they become. And of course, no worries about a trip the ER to dig out a steel pin from your gut, ruining your BBQ dinner. That’s always nice.


Final Thoughts

Anyways, these scrapers are looking like a good, solid, and serviceable product that should last quite a while. Well made and a pleasure to use. Adapts swiftly to your grate. There are many sorts of scrapers out on the market, and tho we cannot honestly say any are better than the other, we can say that these guys at BBQ were good to us, and we thank them for their scrapers. Be sure to check them out if you’re looking to ditch that old wire brush. Likewise steel bristles in your intestines. Amen.

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BBQ Scraper – Natural Wooden Grill Cleaner

14 responses

  1. Hmmm, I have been using the Tool Wizard for many years; I may have to give the BBQ Scraper a whirl, that is once we have grill again at our new home…hopefully by Christmas at the rate the they’re going, UGH!

    October 5, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    • Wowwy! I dunno if I could wait till Christmas to grill again. My condolences, Auntiedoni. A girl needs to grill!

      October 5, 2016 at 11:27 pm

      • Amen brother, AMEN!!!

        October 6, 2016 at 11:20 am

  2. I have been victim of the steel wool diet. Not nice. These seem like a good idea. Though, I do use a heavy duty paint scraper on mine too.

    October 6, 2016 at 5:48 am

    • Sorry to hear that, Conor. Not nice indeed! Wow. The paint scraper idea sounds functional as well, if not satisfying to the inner tool man. You Irish chaps are always thinking!

      October 6, 2016 at 8:35 am

  3. This is a great post! Told David about these. Grill brushes are just dangerous!

    October 6, 2016 at 8:35 am

    • Thanks Debbie. I agree. Tho I’ve never had a problem with my grill brushes, it’s hard to deny the logic here. So why take the chance. The wooden ones work great anyways.

      Hey to David!

      October 6, 2016 at 10:00 am

      • Not all grill brushes are created equal. We have seen this with el cheapo brushes, but the ones that are a few more bucks are worth it. I will pass along your Hey!

        October 6, 2016 at 11:13 am

  4. Thanks for this. I’ve been using the bristle brush and trying to ensure I don’t leave any shrapnel on the grates. This seems like a good option. I’ll place an order for next season, as I’ve packed up the grills for winter (yes, I know it pains you that I am a seasonal griller). Cheers.

    October 8, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    • It does pain me, but I do see the value it too. You’re taking something you love, grilling, and keeping it magical by not wearing it out. I can respect that. I do that with pecan pie, I guess. Anyways, yeah the wooden scraper route seems like a good route to go. Or just leave our grates gunked up. The woman folk tend to frown on the latter tho.

      October 8, 2016 at 8:13 pm

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  7. I’ve used a ‘brick’ here and it cleans the grill super clean, mind you; it does leave some small pieces behind so I always clean up with a rag and some oil. I’ll have to keep my eyes open for the wood scraper.

    February 9, 2017 at 7:16 pm

    • No kiddin! Might have to try the brick idea myself some day. That’s pretty cool. I guess a lot of things can clean a grill grate.

      Take care, Hungry Canuck.

      Grill on!

      February 9, 2017 at 7:21 pm

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