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Always allow the coals to die down to the point of touch and then move them to a safety container - an empty steel container works nicely. When the ashes are cold, they may be trashed or placed in the garden. If coals are allowed to remain in the grill, their corrosive nature will eat away at the grill and destroy it much earlier than otherwise.
As for the grates, again let the grill cool. There are two ways to do this. . . . First, simply take a steel wire brush and vigorously brush/scrape all of the cooked on food off the surface. Then use a paper towel to remove any loose material. Secondly, before you begin to cook the next time, heat the grill to high temperature to cook the food off. You can then simply brush the food off easily.
We hope the forgoing sets each person on the correct path to creating great outdoor events. Don't forget to enjoy the process, have fun and if things don't turnout just right, consider it a learning experience and keep on trying. Getting there is most of the fun!
So much for charcoal grilli'n . . . . . . . WANT MORE? . . . . . let's look at gas grilli'n and barbecu'n! . . . . . .
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