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Old 01-30-2015, 04:38 AM   #1
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I made burgers on my grill around Christmas time and my wife started complaining that her throat hurt. She said it felt like she had cut it in some way. The sorness would come and go, so she finally went to a ears, nose,and throat specialist, and he pulled this piece of wire from her throat! No more using a wire brush to clean my grill grates!
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:43 AM   #2
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I've never had one hang on the grates or come out before that I'm aware of.
Sorry to see this.
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:54 AM   #3
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I think you have been incredibly unlucky there, I haven't seen this in nearly 16 years of bbq cooking and I didn't necessarily start of with the best quality equipment.

Hope your good lady is better now
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Old 01-30-2015, 04:56 AM   #4
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This might be the 5th or 6th time I have read something about wire brush grill brushes causing someone harm. I have always thought that it was kind of boudoir BS, but the other day I found a wire stuck to my grill that I thought I had cleaned well and was free of crap, however I was cooking on it and that wire could have easily found it's way into the food. Fortunately it did not.

Thanks for the heads up. I will be changing how I clean my grills.
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:44 AM   #5
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There you go, everyday is a school day. Certainly one to watch out for
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:46 AM   #6
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I guess we have all been lucky... I hope she is feeling better...
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Old 01-30-2015, 06:56 AM   #7
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There's actually been a lot written on this topic:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6126a4.htm
http://q13fox.com/2014/06/12/grillbr...uyallup-woman/
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/0...e-hazard/?_r=0

I have two el-cheapos that I'm using right now. I guess I should just go ahead and dump em.

Here are some alternatives:

http://bbq.about.com/od/accessories/...ll-Brushes.htm
http://www.weber.com/weber-nation/bl...l-brush-safety
http://www.thedailymeal.com/how-clea...ut-grill-brush

I actually started using my handy weed burner to clean my grates and boy that was easy. A paper towel to follow that and I was clean as a whistle.
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Old 01-30-2015, 07:36 AM   #8
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I had one stuck in my throat back in 1995 from using a partially melted plastic brush with wire bristles. Had to go to the ER... it was not fun. It happened to a neighbor of our too about a year ago... So it isn't as rare as some think.
After cleaning, I always wipe it down with a paper towel to make sure there aren't any "extras" left on the grate.
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I had one stuck in my throat back in 1995 from using a partially melted plastic brush with wire bristles. Had to go to the ER... it was not fun. It happened to a neighbor of our too about a year ago... So it isn't as rare as some think.
After cleaning, I always wipe it down with a paper towel to make sure there aren't any "extras" left on the grate.
Yep, start with the top shelves and move down, then follow with a heavy cloth, again top to bottom. Wipe the bottom of the shelf too. I will say I'm always on the lookout for a stray wire bristle too..
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:06 AM   #10
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It is definitely something serious. I took an EMT course last year and this was brought up as one of the recurring new topics. Hospitals have been seeing it for a while but over the past few years there has been a big increase. I've switched over to using a tinfoil ball. It definitely works but it takes more time
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:09 AM   #11
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I read an article about a woman that almost died because she accidentally ingested a tine off of a wire brush.. I just use a piece of balled up foil and my tongs now. I do this after I cook and before I start the next one (overkill, I know). I normally have a scrap piece of foil lying around after a cook anyways. I like my family and friends too much to see them go through something like this.
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:21 AM   #12
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Yep, start with the top shelves and move down, then follow with a heavy cloth, again top to bottom. Wipe the bottom of the shelf too. I will say I'm always on the lookout for a stray wire bristle too..
Besides this I use a welders brush and when I finish the rack I bang the brush on the rack to knock anything loose off
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Old 01-30-2015, 08:36 AM   #13
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The best thing is using a lye solution in a big tub, but that's only every few months. I'd do it myself, but I've never found a tub big enough to put the shelves in. A BBQ resturant I worked in did that and it worked well, but they never cleaned the shelves on a daily basis. There was always meat on them.
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Old 01-30-2015, 09:04 AM   #14
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I have been using aluminum foil in a ball. Doesn't work as good, but I'm not as worried about stray wires.
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Yes its a danger but I suspect some folks are over using brushes, working them too hard and keeping them too long. Brushing a hot grill can melt plastic and loosen bristles. this seems like a case of being clean more dangerous.
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