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LanceM88
11-05-2013, 04:05 PM
A freaky thing happened to a guy I work with. He was cleaning his grill with an old grill brush and apparently one of the bristles came out and stuck between one of the grill joints. Well, he didn't notice, threw on a couple of steaks for him and the Mrs, had a great dinner.......well, 3 days later he thought he had a kidney stone attack. Doubled over, headed to the hospital. They checked him out and told him he didn't have kidney stones, upon further tests they found that he had a piece of stainless wire (tiny little piece) stuck in his small intestine!!! It was about 1/4" long and bent at a perfect 90 degrees. Long story short, they had to operate and remove it! This is not BS, I held the jar with the piece in it just the other day. Please be careful with the wire brush. Definitely wipe down the grill with a wet rag after scrubbing it with a brush!!

Gettinit
11-05-2013, 04:11 PM
A certain waffle restaurant use to use wire wheels to clean the waffle makers and then burn a couple batters on it. The burnouts were done in an effort to get the wire bristles out. Well, they cannot use it anymore because people were choking on the stuff.

Good post!

early mornin' smokin'
11-05-2013, 04:41 PM
I can't remember what show I saw it on, either shocking er stories, or something along those lines, same thing, someone cleaned their grill, then put burgers on, the metal splinter ended up in the wall of the guys heart when the esophagus was working the food down.

mbshop
11-05-2013, 04:43 PM
yep, can be an issue. but this is why many will also wipe down the grate afterwards.
and chew yer food thoroughly !

16Adams
11-05-2013, 04:48 PM
when I first heard of this a few years ago, I threw all my brushes away. I use a well seasoned mesquite branch between the hot grates and a ball of foil, works like a champ and no issues with metal brushes.

sushi_tampa
11-05-2013, 04:59 PM
yea when i first heard of this happening i got paranoid. then i noticed a bristle or two on the grill grate and was like OMG WTF?! now im even more paranoid and always try to wipe down with wet paper towel.

Bludawg
11-05-2013, 05:02 PM
I never owned a brush I ball up some foil no worries

superdan
11-05-2013, 05:55 PM
Oddly enough this actually happened to my doctor too! I'm guessing it's more common than we think...

dport7
11-05-2013, 07:11 PM
No more wire brushing for me!!

aawa
11-05-2013, 07:18 PM
I never owned a brush I ball up some foil no worries

So that is what you use foil for. Lord knows you don't use it on your bbq ;)

jbuntingsr
11-05-2013, 07:30 PM
Never heard of that. Done with the brush.

boaz65
11-05-2013, 09:34 PM
I had one stick in my lower gum from a burger a while back, never used a wire brush since then. I used those springy stainless steel chore boys to clean the grill now...

Vision
11-05-2013, 09:38 PM
Don't use cheap brushes and inspect the grill. Weber makes a good one.

Yellowhair42
11-05-2013, 09:40 PM
I had one stick in my lower gum from a burger a while back, never used a wire brush since then. I used those springy stainless steel chore boys to clean the grill now...


You're supposed to clean the grates?

loco_engr
11-05-2013, 09:57 PM
This issue came up a few years ago on a diff. forum and since then
I have thrown out my metal bristle grill brush!

16Adams
11-05-2013, 10:16 PM
Tempered mesquite branch fits perfect between grates and foil shines it the rest of the way

ChickenWang
11-05-2013, 10:18 PM
Wow ! Thanks for the heads up !

spedly
11-05-2013, 10:19 PM
I remember seeing a similar story on the news about 10 years ago. It stayed with me and I think about it every single time I clean my grills. Scary. I like this tin foil idea I think I'm gonna try that and see how well it works.

Fwismoker
11-05-2013, 10:35 PM
Scary but don't swallow your food with out chewing.

dadsr4
11-05-2013, 10:35 PM
I gave up on brushes. I use one of these,
http://i1193.photobucket.com/albums/aa345/dadsr4/Dogs/Chefcleaningthegrill_zpsfd3b44c1.jpg
followed by a stainless steel scrubby, and then sterilize in the cooker.

mikemci
11-05-2013, 10:43 PM
Is it Ok to use my dog's tongue?

mikemci
11-05-2013, 10:45 PM
You beat me to it dads!!!

bbqbull
11-05-2013, 10:46 PM
Ran into a buddy last year while voting. His wife ate a hamburger and had a grill brush wire inbedded into her lower jaw. She was in horrible pain. David took her to the E/Room. Only after an x-ray did it show up. They had to do surgery in the e/room to remove it. I still use a grill brush to knock off the big nasties. Then I use a ball of h.d. tin foil to re-scrub my grates to prevent this from ever happening to my family or guests. This crap is for real folks!!!!!

grantw
11-05-2013, 10:48 PM
wow.. very comon as per a google search

dadsr4
11-05-2013, 10:57 PM
What also happens is someone will wire brush a grill and a pet will clean up the area where the brushing was done.

dummy que
11-06-2013, 03:04 AM
i tried to use my dog but the howling was just more than my wife could stand i followed LANGS directions and preheat the smoker to 275 but he howls and jumps off and the smell is real bad:brick:

NickTheGreat
11-06-2013, 09:01 AM
I heard about this on here not long after I first joined. I use balled up foil on my WSM and one of those stones on my gasser. Which I hate, because it leaves dust behind on the grates. Which I have to wipe off with an EVOO paper towel

shagnasty
11-06-2013, 09:16 AM
good to know. I'll be sure to try something different. Thats the last thing anybody needs.

swibirun
11-06-2013, 10:17 AM
If I recall correctly from the last time this came up, a lot of the problem is how the brush is made. Cheap brushes cut a length of brass wire, say 1/2 inch, and wedge the 1/2 inch group of wire into a hole and repeat. Easy for the wires to fall out, especially when the plastic base is heated. Quality brushes cut a length of wire 1" long, and push down in the middle of the wires and secure them in the base of the brush so they are held in place. That's why I like using Weber's y shaped brush, the bristles are held in the middle of two strands of twisted metal, very difficult to come loose.

BBQ_MAFIA
11-06-2013, 10:27 AM
Wow....scary stuff....... My brush is going away tonight.

peeps
11-06-2013, 10:41 AM
If I recall correctly from the last time this came up, a lot of the problem is how the brush is made. Cheap brushes cut a length of brass wire, say 1/2 inch, and wedge the 1/2 inch group of wire into a hole and repeat. Easy for the wires to fall out, especially when the plastic base is heated. Quality brushes cut a length of wire 1" long, and push down in the middle of the wires and secure them in the base of the brush so they are held in place. That's why I like using Weber's y shaped brush, the bristles are held in the middle of two strands of twisted metal, very difficult to come loose.That's the one I use and it has held up like a champ!

layne
11-06-2013, 10:43 AM
I like the crumpled aluminum foil idea.
Is there any worry about small particles of aluminum becoming imbedded in the steel or stainless, then coming off onto food?
I guess you gotta pick your poison. The lesser of two evils?
Maybe over thinking.

Diesel Dave
11-06-2013, 10:48 AM
I use Weber brushes only, as the saying goes you get what you pay for,
I also replace my brush about every other year or when it looks to be getting too uch wear to it. I think it won't loose bristles if it's in good shape.

This is the one I use

http://i781.photobucket.com/albums/yy92/pignoutbbq/grillbrush_zpsf95acf14.jpg (http://s781.photobucket.com/user/pignoutbbq/media/grillbrush_zpsf95acf14.jpg.html)

qnbiker
11-06-2013, 11:17 AM
Another vote for the Weber brush. Haven't noticed any loose bristles since I started using one.

SkinnyVinny
11-06-2013, 01:19 PM
My goodness, going home and throwing out that $1 plastic cheapo brush!

dadsr4
11-06-2013, 01:28 PM
. I think it won't loose bristles if it's in good shape.

I've seen one vet bill for bristle extraction. No gambling for me.

CErnst
11-06-2013, 02:34 PM
Thanks for the heads up guys, I'll be getting a real brush.

I've been using a so-so brush, but it is probably 5yrs old. Actually noticed bristles coming off in the bottom of my weber. Haven't noticed any in the food...yet.

Diesel Dave
11-06-2013, 02:38 PM
Thanks for the point there dadsr4

DjPorkchop
11-06-2013, 02:55 PM
I use a rag with olive oil on it on my gasser and UDS. Nothing ever sticks so the rag works great.

Before I cook, I flat cut a side and cross hatch a onion and soak the onion in olive oil and then I scrub the racks down with the olive oil onion. Not only adds flavor to my racks, but the olive oil holds up well to the heat.

And if I did use a brush, I would defo use that Webber brush. I looked at one a short while ago and all but bought it.

DENALI
11-06-2013, 07:45 PM
Anyone use the pumice stone grill cleaners?

http://www.americansale.com/images/products/medium/013703.jpg

TIMMAY
11-07-2013, 01:54 AM
I go the other route... I put my grill grate in a garbage bag and hit it with easy off. Hose it off after a while.

NickTheGreat
11-07-2013, 09:27 AM
Anyone use the pumice stone grill cleaners?

http://www.americansale.com/images/products/medium/013703.jpg
That's what I was referring to. I bought it not long after reading a story like this.

It's weird though. It cleans the grates just fine, but defintely leaves dust everywhere. I feel like I have to wipe the grates with a EVOO soaked paper towel to clean up after it.

brother steve
11-07-2013, 09:32 AM
Wow! Never thought about that. Goodbye brushes.

TheJackal
11-07-2013, 10:43 AM
I actually had a bristle in my burrito from Panchero's. I was furious when I bit down on that thing and realized what it was after taking it out of my mouth. Marched right up to the counter and complained. I barely got a sorry. So I took it a step further and complained on their corporate facebook page. Again, no more than a sorry like it happens from time to time. I will never eat at Pancheros again.

hachi-roku_fan
11-07-2013, 10:51 AM
I just go to the dollar store, buy some oven cleaner and a really tough sponge. Gets the job done

dadsr4
11-07-2013, 11:23 AM
These are cheep and easily available. I buy them at GFS.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iejglU-SL._SY300_.jpg
I let these do the heavy cleaning, though.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/q77/s720x720/971530_662602747102298_1665836031_n.jpg

spyre
11-07-2013, 11:41 AM
Wow, never heard of this...guess I'll find something else now too!

jasonjax
11-07-2013, 11:52 AM
These are cheep and easily available. I buy them at GFS.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iejglU-SL._SY300_.jpg
I let these do the heavy cleaning, though.
https://sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/q77/s720x720/971530_662602747102298_1665836031_n.jpg

I used those steel balls to clean mine once and a piece became hung on the grill. I very stupidly pulled hard on it with my finger and wound up with a slice almost to my bone. Be careful of those too.

We're just made too wimpily. I'd like to talk to God about our design. Maybe an exoskeleton, redundant air-ways, hearts.... guess this is getting off-topic. :wacko:

dadsr4
11-07-2013, 12:01 PM
I used those steel balls to clean mine once and a piece became hung on the grill. I very stupidly pulled hard on it with my finger and wound up with a slice almost to my bone. Be careful of those too.

We're just made too wimpily. I'd like to talk to God about our design. Maybe an exoskeleton, redundant air-ways, hearts.... guess this is getting off-topic. :wacko:
I thought about that before I posted. Since the ball is in my hand, I feel it snag when it does. And, in my experiance, pieces are hard to miss seeing. I've learned to start in the middle and work towards the edges to reduce snaging. Good point about how sharp the pieces are. I only use them before cooking fish, otherwise my grill is seasoned enough that things don't stick much.

Gasket
11-07-2013, 04:09 PM
I never owned a brush I ball up some foil no worries

^^^+1 on this.

boaz65
11-07-2013, 05:15 PM
[QUOTE=dadsr4;2684556]These are cheep and easily available. I buy them at GFS.
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51iejglU-SL._SY300_.jpg


That's exactly the one's that I was talking about, very cheap and they get the job done!