Tips on Buying Replacement Barbecue Grates
Eventually, the grate that came with your BBQ when you first
bought it will probably need to be replaced. There's a wide variety
of replacement barbecue grates
some cheap, some much more expensive. While it's not always true that
you get what you pay for, in our experience it's the 'heavy-duty'
BBQ grates that last far longer and perform much better. Unfortunately,
these tend to be the more expensive ones (note, not
expensive, just more
expensive!). Here are
a few things to look for when choosing a new grate.
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- Get the right size! Yeah, I know, sounds obvious, doesn't
it? No one would really buy a grate that didn't fit... (I never did,
never, not once... okay, maybe once). Measure the grate before you
go shopping, or bring the old one with you.
- Get a hinged grate. This is particularly useful for those
of us who grill with lump charcoal or briquettes, since it allows us
to just flip up the side of the grate and add more charcoal or move
it around - no more removing the entire grate! Once you try it,
you'll always want a hinged grate, it really is that much more
- Consider an adjustable grate. Move food closer or further
away from the coals. A grate extender is also a good option, especially
if you like to grill up lots of food at the same time.
- Decide what type of grate material you want. A regular steel
grate is the most affordable, but it won't last very long. Stainless steel
is better, but over time it'll wear out too. Both can chip and cause food
to stick. There are also cast-iron grates which are heavy-duty, retain
heat very well, and are very durable. The downside? They need to be
'seasoned' with oil more frequently. And finally, porcelain-coated
grates are also available but the coating can sometimes chips or flakes
off - then you'll see whatever material it was covering, whether it's
steel or cast-iron.
You don't have to spend a fortune buying the highest-end
replacement barbecue grates available... but spending a bit extra
can get you a quality, longer-lasting product, saving you the
hassle of having to buy replacement parts frequently, and giving
you more time to concoct the best grilled recipes in the
neighbourhood. Check out our other
tips on BBQing with charcoal!
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