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DIY Wood Grill Scraper: A Useful Guide

Recently, there’s been a lot of debate as to whether metal bristle grill scrubbers should be used or not. The issue is that many grill scrubbers tend to leave a residue on the grill, which can contaminate your food and ultimately cause you to be sick.

It’s a terrible experience to go through and knowing how to prevent it is a must. Hence, we will introduce you to a DIY wood grill scraper that you can use as an alternative to your metal bristled one.

It’s safer and can save you from having expensive medical bills.

How to Make a DIY Wood Grill Scraper?

Yes, you can choose to opt for a store-bought wooden grill scraper, but know that you’re going to have to pay a ridiculous price for it, while a home DIY scrapper can be crafted for under $5. Homemade grill scrapers are a lot more effective if you know what you’re doing. For your peace of mind, you really don’t need to be a professional woodworker in order to craft one.

Materials Needed

All you will need to create your own wood grill scraper is a saw and some extra wood. Make sure that you’re picking out a plank of wood that doesn’t have a coating placed since this can contaminate food and make you sick. Thus, always double check to see if the wood is of quality, as this will help it last longer.

Here is a specific material list that you’ll need when choosing to craft your own DIY scraper:

  • One foot wooden plank
  • Drill and bit
  • Belt sander
  • Sandpaper
  • Leather or cord
  • Mineral oil

The Steps

The total length of this DIY project should only take one hour, but if you’re finding that you need a stronger belt sander or palm sander, you may need more time. All of the tools listed above are required and by sanding them down, you can create a stunning DIY project.

  1. Take a twelve-inch piece of wood and lay it on a flat surface. Measure out two inches from the bottom of the wood and draw a line.
  2. Create a nice thin point. It should be at least 30 degrees or more.
  3. Take a belt sander and use a 40 grit paper on the edge and make sure that it’s properly secured.
  4. Power the sander on and allow it to sand away until the point is to your liking.
  5. Continue to sand down the wooden plank until it’s’ very sharp. This will take at least 10 minutes at a minimum and 30 minutes at max.
  6. Flip it over and do the same to the opposite side of the wood, ensuring that you have a nice sharp end.
  7. Using the rolled end, create a groove on the top of the wood so that this section can be used for the handle. Switch to 120 grit sandpaper and use it to smooth out all sides of the wooden plank, ensuring to round out all edges. This is important so that you don’t injure yourself or split the wood while using it.
  8. Next, drill a hole in the end that you’re going to use as a handle and then loop through a leather string.
  9. Most individuals like to take the time to stamp their initials onto the paddle by using a leather stamp. This step is optional, but it’s good to let people know who crafted it.
  10. The very last step is to wipe the whole paddle down with mineral oils, making sure to coat every inch.

How to Use Your Scraper

It’s important to prepare the scraper for use and to do so, you’re going to need to turn your grill to the highest settings that will make the grates very hot. Run the scraper from one end to another while putting pressure on the paddle until the grooves start to mold and char into the wooden plank. Scrape the paddle back and forth until you get deep grooves.

The thicker the grates, the more effective the scraper will be. However, forming thick grates takes a long time and repeated sessions. To speed up this process, you can take a round file and mold in the grooves; that way, you don’t have to do multiple sessions.


Using a DIY wood grill scraper is safer than alternatives and allows you to clean your grill without much effort. Instead of risking your health by using traditional style metal scrapers, switch to wooden ones. Not only are they safe, but they are also very affordable and can easily be made within a few hours.

However, if you find that you don’t have the skills, equipment, or knowledge to make your own, there are alternatives that you can purchase at the store. Check online home goods stores or places, and you’ll be able to find a selection of wooden scrapers, but the grooves aren’t going to be made for your grill grates.


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