I just got my Gen1 MES30. I see there is quite a bit of discussion about how to clean the insides of MES units, including cleaning the grates.
Putting the grates (racks) in the dishwasher is tempting, of course, for its simplicity. But some people said it can contribute to the chrome plating flaking off. That's not good.
I've seen people mention cleaning grill grates using crumpled-up aluminum foil, but I'm not sure if scrubbing the smoker grates like that might, again, damage the plating.
It got me wondering about taking the grates out of the smoker, putting them on my gas grill's grates, and blasting the grill for 10 minutes or so, to try and burn off some of the stuff that's stuck to the MES grates. Has anyone tried that? I don't care about making the grates look like new, but I don't want the old grease, etc, just sitting on them getting funky.