The Grillstone: is it a grilling accessory no backyard barbecue set-up should be without... or a grilling gadget gone awry? Let's find out...
When I first heard about this earth-friendly grill brush replacementl it really piqued my curiosity. Similar to a soft pumice stone, it was all the rave and supposed to be scads better at cleaning your grill rack than a wire brush...
Anxious to see if it would live up to my expectations, I immediately put it to the test. Here's how it went:
- The high curve in the underside of the handle makes it really easy to clean near the outer edges of the rack even if it sits down 2-3" inside the grill
- As the stone wears, it matchs the contour of your rack, which means it automatically gets down in between each rod or bar
- Inexpensive: Depending on where you get it, a kit containing the handle and two blocks goes for $10-13. A kit containing the handle, a stone, and a rag runs $8-10. Just the stone and handle goes for about $7-9. And replacement stones run about $3-5.
- It wears down VERY fast. After three, 20 second uses, my was about 20% gone. Since I grill at least 4-5 times in season, one stone wouldn't last me a month whereas my trusty wire brush is good for an entire six month season, sometimes two...
- The dust/particulates it leaves behind. The Grillstone is a pumice replace made from recycled glass. Glass is crushed down into a fine, non-sharp, powder then rebonded into an artificial, non-toxic pumice stone. It is environmentally, people, and pet friendly and does do a very good job of cleaning a grill rack. Just one problem - like real pumice stone, as it's scraped across the grill rack, is creates a fine, sandy dust. This dust naturally drifted downward, dusting the inside walls of my grill (I'm use a big green egg). This dust is far lighter than charcoal ash and blows around with the slightest draft. And while it may be harmless to ingest, the LAST thing I want to taste or feel when I'm eating a nice, juicy, price piece of U.S. Prime sirloin is gritty pumice sand.
Bottom line: If you want to give it a try, here's where you can grab one:
As for me, no thanks, I'm sticking with my trusty $4 wire brush: RubberMaid #G100-12 BBQ Grill Brush.