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Cast Iron grate

Is it necessary to season the cast iron grate?
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  • I didnt do that with mine. Didnt see a reason too.



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  • Just thought I'd throw this out there, I recently bought this after market grate and love it.


    I felt that the stock grate tended to get clogged a little at times and the air flow isn't as good as when you use this other grate.
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  • SundownSundown Posts: 2,894
    My assumption is you're talking about the cooling grate/grill.

    I've had mine for 5 or 6 years and it's never been seasoned even in the beginning. I went over to the local welding supply store and bought a $5 stainless steel welders brush and use it after every cook. I do an occasional 600º clean out burn and still haven't ever had any rust problems.

    When it begins to look nasty I do a burn.
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  • DuganboyDuganboy Posts: 1,118
    Stargaze said:
    Just thought I'd throw this out there, I recently bought this after market grate and love it.


    I felt that the stock grate tended to get clogged a little at times and the air flow isn't as good as when you use this other grate.
    I don't think this is the grate that the OP is asking about.  He is talking about the grate that you cook on.
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  • My bad, I don't know why I thought of the charcoal grate.  
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  • cazzycazzy Posts: 7,452
    I just got at hot as heck, put a lil vegetable oil on it and got to cooking on it. I don't even think that was necessary as the grease from rendered fat and regular use season it just fine.
    Just a hack that makes some $hitty BBQ...
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 13,677
    You really should season it, but just cooking on it will season it eventually.
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  • Cast Iron is cast iron. Would you season a new skillet? Yeah it will get seasoned if you cook on it enough. Are you going to use it exclusively or just from time to time?  I just bought a half round CI tray for veggies and I felt like I needed to season it. But what do I know...
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  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 2,211
    I just bought a bunch of cast iron pieces from the Lodge Outlet while on vacation.  They are all the pre-seasoned variety.  I'll probably still season them before I hit them with some food action this weekend.
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  • Stargaze said: My bad, I don't know why I thought of the charcoal grate.   @Stargaze you were right, because that's what the grate is. 
    @atbarr, the grid, cast iron, stainless or porcelain is the thing you cook on, the grate, CI or stainless, is the thing you build a fire on. There is no reason to season a cast iron grate, it will soon be exposed to temps far beyond the benefit of any seasoning. A cast iron grid, should be seasoned like any other piece of cast iron that touches your food. 
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