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cast iron grates

eggsrgreateggsrgreat Posts: 86
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
I'm considering buying the cast iron grate for my large. Are they worth the money? Is there any real advantage?

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  • Reverend BSBReverend BSB Posts: 157
    The Cast Iron Cooking Grid (I use the term grid and grate interchangeably but some people here get pissy about it. Grate is technically used to identify the charcoal grate.) is great. I use it for all my cooking. The bars are closer together than the standard grid so you eliminate the need for a grid topper for small items like veggies or shrimp. And the bars are triangle shaped. The pointed side is great for searing, while the flat side is perfect for things like burgers or fish, as you can get the spatula under the food easier. And you can take your standard grate and some SS nuts, bolts, and washers, give it three legs and have an extra grate.
  • eggsrgreateggsrgreat Posts: 86
    I'm assuming if you season it well, and use it as often as I do, rust isn't a problem.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 15,704
    have one, its heavey, its prone to cracking, it does sear at lower temps than the traditional grid. i use my adjustable rig alot more, stainless, holds up well, if i was looking to upgrade the cooking surface it would be an adjustable rig from the ceramic grill store hands down
  • NibbleMeThisNibbleMeThis Posts: 2,227
    Some folks swear buy them, others say the stock grates are fine.

    Personally, I like mine for 3 reasons
    1) sear marks (yeah, you can't taste them but you eat with your eyes first)
    2) thermal mass - just like the Egg ceramics that hold heat, creating steady temps, cast iron does the same
    3) accessories - mine has a cast iron griddle accessory that I use for searing seafood, etc
  • Woody69Woody69 Posts: 360
    eggsrgreat wrote:
    I'm assuming if you season it well, and use it as often as I do, rust isn't a problem.


    Correct.
  • Dave ShadyDave Shady Posts: 247
    Never have "seasoned" mine on either egg. I just use the
    heck out of them and never do-rust. My Large does have a
    crack that opens up on HIGH HEAT but it has never
    broken.

    Love the CI - 2 sided and cooks so nicely. my only
    complaint is the probe tree from my Guru doesn't fit
    well like the round bar grates.
  • I had a gift certificate from the mothership, so I can't really comment on whether I would have bought one with my own money. But I do love my cast iron grid!

    I never really seasoned it. Just let the grease and what-not get into it really wekk. brush it occasionally to get the gunk off.

    If I don't use it for a few months(the horror!), it will rust slightly. Just hit it with the wire brush lightly and spray with some cooking spray before heating the egg.

    It seems heavy-duty and does add some thermal mass to the egg.

    I also got a replacement porcelain grid (my old one got cracked and rusty), but I don't think I've EVER used it.
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 13,624
    Wished I had the money back for my large and small CI.
    They sit in the box all the time now.
    Like the new SS much better as it is lighter.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini.... 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015

  • Capt FrankCapt Frank Posts: 2,578
    I use my CI's a lot and like them very much. No need to season them, the gunkier the better, never need cleaning.
    Before you by be sure and check out Craycourt Grates at www.cast-iron-grate.com, they are a good product and the griddle insert is very handy :)
  • All I use for direct cooking is my CI grate. I took a friends advice and bought mine when I bought my egg.
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