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Old 09-26-2010, 10:37 PM   #1
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Default stove burner covers - what a mess

I do full boils on my gas stove- placing my pot over two burners that are each on full blast. I try to make sure everything is clean as possible before I start brewing, but inevitably I get very hard black crud all over my stovetop, the burner grates and the burner covers. I'm pretty sure it is from tiny amounts of wort that somehow end up on the stove. Because of the length of time and the amount of heat kicking around under the pot, the sugars and other gunk solidifies and never wants to come off again. I've had some success soaking the grates and covers in bleach and water, but it is still very hard to get EVERYTHING off. I've tried soaking in OxiClean as well, but I thought the bleach was a little better.

Does anyone have any tips for how to clean this hard crud off? It sucks!!!

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Old 09-26-2010, 11:21 PM   #2
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I would suggest not using bleach as it encourages rusting. oxiclean might be a better choice. that and pumice stone aught to get the crud off.

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Old 09-26-2010, 11:27 PM   #3
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My first two years brewing extract taught me the hard lesson that the kitchen stove isn't the best place to be brewing. I'm a lot happier now, brewing AG out in the garage.

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Old 09-27-2010, 02:09 AM   #4
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I would suggest not using bleach as it encourages rusting. oxiclean might be a better choice. that and pumice stone aught to get the crud off.
Rusting hasn't been an issue- and I've been using bleach for months now. I rinse off really well, so maybe that's why I haven't seen any rusting. I'll have to try the pumice stone, though. Thanks!
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My first two years brewing extract taught me the hard lesson that the kitchen stove isn't the best place to be brewing. I'm a lot happier now, brewing AG out in the garage.
Not an option for me right now- living on the second floor of an apartment in Chicago. I am doing all grain, though, which is challenging but rewarding with my current setup. Very much looking forward to the day that I can buy a propane burner and fire it up in a garage or outside!
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buy some stove cleaner, with some elbow grease it will come off.

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Old 09-27-2010, 02:48 AM   #7
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What about PBW?

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I had the same problem and oven cleaner worked great. I also now cover everything with foil. Much easier to clean up.

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x2 on what keg tapper said. During the winter, I just cover mine up with foil and problem solved. The wife was definetly not happy when her stove was covered with crusty black crap.

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Old 09-28-2010, 04:24 AM   #10
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Tapper and rl- do you cover the grate pieces with foil, too? Or just the stovetop? My grate and burner covers are the type that easily lift up... it seems like it would be kind of a pain to cover them in foil. But I like the idea of covering the stovetop!

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