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post #1 of 15
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I recently bought a 9-liter ultrasonic cleaner (a Kendal). I'm still figuring out how best to use it and what cleaning solutions work best.

 

I've now used it several times to clean up the metal shelves/racks on my MES 30. It removes the smoke and food residue in just a few seconds.

 

I've also now used it to clean the big "disposable" aluminum pans that I use to catch drippings, hold ribs during the "1-2-3" cooking process. While the ultrasonics will perforate aluminum foil, the pans are thick enough that the ultrasonic waves do not perforate the surface. It takes only a few seconds to get the pans looking like new. The nifty thing about the cleaner is that it gets out the food and grease just as well from the little folds in the pan as it does from the flat areas.

 

Today I thought I'd clean the MES vent and also the shelf/rack holders. I removed the shelf brackets and cleaned both racks, as well as the screws. One neat thing is that the ultrasonic waves easily reach down into the Philips head grooves in the screws and remove the grease.

 

Here are the two shelf supports. One has been cleaned, and the other hasn't yet been touched. The slight blackness you see in certain areas on the right-hand picture are shadows; the dirt is 100% gone.

 

 

These ultrasonic cleaners are not cheap (several hundred dollars), so it doesn't make sense to get one just for this chore. However, if you can find an excuse to get one, you'll love what it can do for smoker and BBQ parts.


Edited by johnmeyer - 9/5/16 at 5:24pm
post #2 of 15

I'm going to get a smaller one for my rotisserie parts. 

post #3 of 15

There's a  Food King 10 liter i've eyed off Amazon for like $185.      I soak my roti parts now but i'd love that thing....All the stainless steel parts back to shiny with no effort.

 

$180 on Ebay

post #4 of 15

Thanks for reminding me of this, Now i see what looks to be a good 10 liter for $115

post #5 of 15
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Oh yes, the rotisserie. Those parts were the first thing I cleaned, right after I first got the ultrasonic cleaner about six weeks ago. However, I was still finding out about which cleaning solutions work best, and as a result, I didn't get various parts as clean as I wanted. Today's work was done with a new solution, "Simple Green HD." I had been using Simple Green, but the "HD" formulation is almost 1.5 points more to the base side of neutral on the pH scale and seems to do a much better job on baked-on grease than did the Simple Green.

 

Of course I could purchase some BBQ cleaner, which is basically oven cleaner, but that is pretty gnarly stuff, and I don't think I'd be comfortable having that splashing all over the place.

 

If anyone has ideas for a better cleaning solution for ultrasonically cleaning baked-on grease, I'm all ears.

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Originally Posted by johnmeyer View Post
 

Oh yes, the rotisserie. Those parts were the first thing I cleaned, right after I first got the ultrasonic cleaner about six weeks ago. However, I was still finding out about which cleaning solutions work best, and as a result, I didn't get various parts as clean as I wanted. Today's work was done with a new solution, "Simple Green HD." I had been using Simple Green, but the "HD" formulation is almost 1.5 points more to the base side of neutral on the pH scale and seems to do a much better job on baked-on grease than did the Simple Green.

 

Of course I could purchase some BBQ cleaner, which is basically oven cleaner, but that is pretty gnarly stuff, and I don't think I'd be comfortable having that splashing all over the place.

 

If anyone has ideas for a better cleaning solution for ultrasonically cleaning baked-on grease, I'm all ears.


Well I'll tell you I have GREAT results with Mean Green, I'll just soak them for a few hours or overnight and I can almost rinse them clean and shiny.   I'm sure it would do incredible in an ultrasonic machine.

post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by FWIsmoker View Post
 


Well I'll tell you I have GREAT results with Mean Green, I'll just soak them for a few hours or overnight and I can almost rinse them clean and shiny.   I'm sure it would do incredible in an ultrasonic machine.


Thanks for that info! I just looked at their site:

 

http://www.meangreendegreaser.com/

 

and they have a chart comparing Mean Green with other cleaners. According to their own tests, it looks like it performs almost the same as the  "Simple Green" I've been using. Simple Green has worked pretty well for some things, but the Simple Green HD, especially when used at high temperature (60 degrees C) seems to do significantly better with crud that has been baked on.

post #8 of 15

No problem....Yep this is the stuff

 

I get the stuff by the gallon..pretty cheap.  You do need to use it, What I use it on with my super heated grease baked on parts would blow your mind how it destroys it!

 

http://www.meangreendegreaser.com/product/super-strength/

 

 

My BBQ parts are cooked at a higher temp than the normal stuff too.

post #9 of 15

Look up using ultrasound for cleaning and sanitizing fruits and vegetables.

 

dcarch

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Look up using ultrasound for cleaning and sanitizing fruits and vegetables.

 

dcarch


I did run across that idea a few months ago, but haven't tried it. My immune system is pretty good, and I haven't puked since the early 1970s, so I don't worry too much about germs and such.

 

One strange thing I did try just yesterday was using the ultrasonics to create an emulsion. I mixed some oil and vinegar, in the proportions one would use for salad dressing, put it into a custard cup, floated the cup on the surface of the ultrasonic bath (filled with nothing but clean water), and then watched to see if it would form an emulsion. It did indeed do just that, but the emulsion broke apart within a few minutes after I turned off the ultrasonics. I was hoping that, because of the intensity of the ultrasonic waves that the emulsion would be so good that it would remain indefinitely, like when you make mayonnaise. Unfortunately, that didn't happen.

 

So, it was a fun experiment, but not useful.

post #11 of 15
Somewhere in this post or on one of the other posts about cleaning the glass on a MES
I chimed in with the ultimate
Cleaner for any grill, smoker part , grease trap fitting , or any other really tough grease and dirt cutting job .
Simple green and the like are
Mouse milk cleaners that are time consuming and ineffective . The marine world has a cleaner that turns anything on or in your smoker to liquid in about 10 seconds . It is called Tuff Nuff and available at west marine . It was developed in the Florida Keys as a de greaser and stain remover for diesel and gas engines and has no acid and bio deg.
It has no dyes or scent additives and there is nothing else like it on the market. They are very proud of the product as it costs a few bucks as a spray or gallon but last a long time.
Probably would kick B in that ultrasonic thingy .
post #12 of 15
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Originally Posted by dogman60 View Post

The marine world has a cleaner that turns anything on or in your smoker to liquid in about 10 seconds . It is called Tuff Nuff and available at west marine . It was developed in the Florida Keys as a de greaser and stain remover for diesel and gas engines and has no acid and bio deg.

I hadn't heard about this stuff. I just Googled it and it looks like it is actually called Tuff Enuff. It's definitely promoted for use on boats, especially cleaning the bilge, something that is usually quite greasy from motor oil and gunk. I'll take a look the next time I'm down near our local wharf. Thanks!

 

[edit] It looks like it contains isopropyl alcohol, potasium hydroxide, and something called dypropelene glycol methol ether, whatever that is.

post #13 of 15

 

 

The tool holding this picnic is called "Octoforks"  and they are shiny polished 304 SS.  After this cook NOTHING would touch them., completely baked on..no regular cleaners, or scrubbing of any kind but after a soaking in the Mean Green it basically rinsed off.   I'm telling you it works!

 

This is after...back to shiny

 

 

post #14 of 15
Looks great and so does the meat !!!
post #15 of 15
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Since that's exactly the stuff that I've had a hard time removing, I guess I'll try some Mean Green.

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