There are several materials that are used for grill grates. Here are a few of the most used grill grate materials and information on the best way to use them, how to clean them, and all their pros and cons,
Stainless Steel Grill Grates
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Stainless steel grill grates are probably the most used ones. The reason is that they are fairly cheap to make. There are differences in quality depending on the stainless steel gauges.
Cast Iron Grill Grates
Cast Iron has been used for and still is used in many grills.
Enameled Grill Grates
Enameled grill grates are most of the time made of cast iron before coating.
DIY Materials For Grill Grates
Basically, you can use many materials for DIY grill grates and I have seen many different materials that have been used for that. As long as they are metal they all can be used.
A good example of DIY grill grates are the ones made of expanded metal and if you built your own grill or have a very large grill this is a great choice.
Replacement Grill Grates
Many brands offer replacement grill grates for most of their models. You can also order replacement grill grates from other companies that offer many options such as infrared grill grates.
Infrared Grill Grates
This is a type of grill grate that is becoming popular because of the advantage of getting very hot. My experience with my Char-Broil X-200 grill to go infrared is that they are great for searing and making grill marks on all the meat you grill.
In my opinion, they are great for this but for grilling at a more moderate temperature, my pick is one of the other grill grates I mention above.
Cleaning Grill Grates
I can write for hours about how to clean grill grates. Every type of grate has the best way of cleaning and I think with the tips above you can get the job done.
If you like to read some more then have a look at my reviews of grill brushes.
If you have time you should flip the grates over and clean the bottom also.
However, if you plan on not using your grill for an extended time I suggest you have a look at the tips I wrote about end-of-season grill cleaning with some ideas on deep cleaning.
Eddie van Aken
Eddie van Aken has years of experience in running his full-service restaurant and with this came working with using and dealing with all types of kitchen equipment. With his experience, he is able to find all the pros and cons of grills and add them to the grill reviews he is doing. You can read more on the about page for Eddie van Aken