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Grid Replacement - Stainless, Cast, or GrillGrates?

I've been learning a ton from this forum, thanks for the all the help.  I got my Egg used and the cooking grate is somewhat rusted.  I am temporarily using a Weber 17.5" grate, but looking to replace that (and be ready for the extender).  I thought I could either buy the BGE stainless or cast or alternately just buy Grillgrates and put them on the current grate.  Looking at the old grate it is definitely not stainless so it may have been porcelain coated at one point so I don't think I can restore it so using it to just hold the grillgrate might be worthwhile?
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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 883
    I have Grill grates. I find they are a tool for a specific job. I love doing burgers on the grill grate, but that's really about it.  It really seemed to make doing burgers, boneless chicken breasts and simple porch chops easier. But as soon as you get past those very basic cooks, It's nearly useless. Definitely not a replacement for every cook.
    Biloxi, MS
    XL / Small

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
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  • billsmebillsme Posts: 42
    Thanks for the feedback, sounds like getting new grates would be good and maybe adding grill grates later would be good.  Would you go stainless or cast?
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  • scooter759scooter759 Posts: 247
    I would lean towards stainless, if you do get the grill grates they serve the same purpose as cast. I have a set of grill grates as well, they give you the same sear marks and also work well to reduce flare ups for greasy stuff or marinades.
    Extra Large, Large & Medium eggs, Weber Summit gasser, Weber Q. Mankato, MN
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  • bccomstockbccomstock Posts: 332
    I'm in the same boat.. My porcelain grate is starting to rust.  For the most part, I've been using my cast iron grate for everything.  But now that I've got the extender from the group buy, I'd like to have a dual stainless setup if possible.  It just seems hard to find round stainless grates outside of the BGE grates or a Weber replacement grate.  Stainless sure isn't cheap either.
    LBGE
    MS Gulf Coast - Proud member of the Who Dat Nation!
    My Not Frequently Updated Blog: http://datcue.wordpress.com
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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 883
    I would lean towards stainless as it's easier to maintain.
    Biloxi, MS
    XL / Small

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,380
    I like stainless BGE are $$$$ but are the most rigid ones I've seen
    Large Big Green Egg , XL Big Green Egg . BBQ Guru, Weber Kettle, Weber Q grill for road trips.
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    edited June 2013
    Guys, if you are looking for stainless grids, I just reviewed a grid from Michael's Custom Grill Works.  He hand makes anything you want.  Any size, any shape.  His website doesn't have much on it, so if you are interested, email him.  I just bought a 3/8" rod grid for my LBGE, a 1/4" rod grid for my medium, and some fire grates for small and medium Eggs. 

    Again, truth in lending disclosure, he gave me a grid for the review and he advertises on my website.  (Well, he will be advertising as soon as I get the ad uploaded....)  I'm recommending him because I like his work, and I keep seeing the comments about people having trouble finding SS grids.
    The Naked Whiz
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  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,810
    stainless from the ceramic grill store with a woo or adjustable rig and spider
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  • bigphilbigphil Posts: 1,380
    @The Naked Whiz are they as sturdy as the BGE ?
    Large Big Green Egg , XL Big Green Egg . BBQ Guru, Weber Kettle, Weber Q grill for road trips.
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  • The Naked WhizThe Naked Whiz Posts: 7,780
    Bigphil,  more so.  The BGE grids are made from smaller than 1/4" rod.  And of course, the 3/8" rod grid is a beast.  If you read the review, I beat the **** out of the medium grid, trying to break a weld, and I finally managed to break one, but I had to drop it about 10 feet onto a brick walkway oriented so as to maximize the torgue on one of the welds.  Even with the broken weld, that rod is still solid as a rock.
    The Naked Whiz
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  • ThatgrimguyThatgrimguy Posts: 883
    http://www.nakedwhiz.com/productreviews/michaelscgw/michaelsgrills.htm

    Looks pretty awesome to me! Thanks for the heads up!
    Biloxi, MS
    XL / Small

    "Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those timid spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
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  • Forget all that & just step up to the Mangrates!

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • GQuizGQuiz Posts: 680
    Couldn't pass that up, could you?

    XL BGE; Schertz TX by way of Stow OH. #egghead4life
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  • Actually, no.  I couldn't.

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    Flint, Michigan.  Named the most dangerous city in America by the F.B.I. three years running.

    We invented the U.A.W. and carjacking!

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  • swamprbswamprb Posts: 97
    I'm a huge fan of Grill Grates! Turn them over and they are a flat top grill as well. 
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  • hoffmandhoffmand Posts: 91
    I use grill grates on my gasser and love them. No flare ups. I tried them on my egg and prefer the stock SS grid. Guess I just want the charcoal goodness to get through to the food.
    Cedar Park, TX
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