Ever gone camping and forgot to bring a Brillo pad to clean the grill? I use a tripod to cook over the fire. I always forgot to bring a Brillo pad so I would try to burn off the residue over the fire. That just seems to leave a burnt residue. Then I learned about using a piece of crumpled aluminum foil to clean the grate. It actually works better than a Brillo pad. Give it a try the next time you go camping. You will be amazed.