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Best fire grate upgrade?

Anyone have a preference on which fire grate upgrade is better?
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  • I really like the Ash Dragon with the fire box divider. You can use it with or without the divider. With the divider you can create a direct flame side and an indirect heat side to your grill grate. You can run a full box of lump with the divider in position and the fire will act just like it does normally. High quality stainless, very well made IMO. I look at mine as money well spent. 
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 15,801
    High Q
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max +++ 5th Salado EggFest is March 14, 2015 http://saladoeggheadgathering.blogspot.com

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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,473
    ^^ what mickey said if you have a large/med
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    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • Mattman3969Mattman3969 Posts: 4,005
    ^^^ what Nola and Mickey said. Got one in the large and small

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    Large BGE. Small BGE Henderson, Ky.
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,216
    @stlcharcoal‌ fire grate. Expanded steel. Nicer and cheaper than the high que. I've owned both and gave the high que away because it slides around due to the rolled edges.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,675
    @stlcharcoal‌ fire grate. Expanded steel. Nicer and cheaper than the high que. I've owned both and gave the high que away because it slides around due to the rolled edges.
    Just plain old expanded metal? How long does that hold up to the heat?
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 2,290
    edited May 2014
    I do hate how the high que moves so easily when I poke the lump but it works.

    I
    Seattle, WA
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  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 1,039
    @stlcharcoal‌ fire grate. Expanded steel. Nicer and cheaper than the high que. I've owned both and gave the high que away because it slides around due to the rolled edges.
    Just plain old expanded metal? How long does that hold up to the heat?

    They're thick expanded stainless steel cut on a CNC plasma table......not that "Expando" junk from the hardware store.  Mine in my BGE's are still the original prototypes from 3-4 yrs ago.

    But unfortunately, we are no longer manufacturing due to all the knockoffs on eBay.  No reason for a charcoal company to compete with all of those people.  I have 1 medium, and about 20 smalls left.......no more larges.  That's it, then they're gone.

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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,216
    @carolina_q, it's 304 SS. Forever. I doubt anyone's egg will ever get near 2,500 degrees.
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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 7,675
    Gotcha. Thanks.
    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

    "Avoid at all costs that vile spew you see rotting in oil in screwtop jars. Too lazy to peel fresh? You don't deserve to eat garlic." Bourdain
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 12,473
    Regular hot rolled steel melts around 2500 F too, but it'll sag like a box spring in a chicken ranch if you heat it around the temperatures you find on your typical kamado fire grate.  

    You should see my fire grate in my fire pit.  I welded 3/4" hot rolled steel together.  I'm constantly bending it back into shape.

    The stainless holds up.  Steel, depending on the process and alloy, can have many different crystal lattices, which have different properties.  The chromium in steel makes it hold up well against the heat and corrosive environment of fire.  A mild steel fire grate will not last long. 
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    This is my signature line just so you're not confused.
    Large and Medium BGE, Kamado Joe Jr., smoker with a 5k btu AC, gas grill, fire pit, pack of angry cats, two turntables and a microphone, my friend.
    New Orleans, LA - we know how to eat 

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  • which ever one you upgrade to, make sure you keep the ooriginal one. When I put in a warranty claim on my cracked firebox, the mothership wanted me to take a pic of the grate I was using.
    Battle Ground, WA
    Large BGE,  MiniMax  and a Vision Kub.
    Could you call on Lady Day, could you call on John Coltrane?
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  • TFolsTFols Posts: 194

    which ever one you upgrade to, make sure you keep the ooriginal one. When I put in a warranty claim on my cracked firebox, the mothership wanted me to take a pic of the grate I was using.

    Good to know
    Bloomfield, NJ
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,216

    Regular hot rolled steel melts around 2500 F too, but it'll sag like a box spring in a chicken ranch if you heat it around the temperatures you find on your typical kamado fire grate.  

    You should see my fire grate in my fire pit.  I welded 3/4" hot rolled steel together.  I'm constantly bending it back into shape.

    The stainless holds up.  Steel, depending on the process and alloy, can have many different crystal lattices, which have different properties.  The chromium in steel makes it hold up well against the heat and corrosive environment of fire.  A mild steel fire grate will not last long. 

    Mine is flatter than a girls cross country team after 1 year of use. I'll keep this in mind, though. Gotta love 18% chromium.
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  • r8rs4lfr8rs4lf Posts: 188
    I went with a High Q because that is what I saw here. Never knew there was another one made by @stlcharcoal

    Got a pic of yours?
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,216
    r8rs4lf said:

    I went with a High Q because that is what I saw here. Never knew there was another one made by @stlcharcoal


    Got a pic of yours?
    This is what I have. Pic is from @NibbleMeThis‌ site.

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  • BLDGMANBLDGMAN Posts: 22
    You need to check these out, you will not be disappointed...... http://michaelscustomgrillworks.com I have a 3/8" rod grate that's outstanding!
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  • SpringramSpringram Posts: 417
    High Q - both Mini and Large. No going back, ever.

    Springram
    Spring, Texas
    LBGE and Mini
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