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Grill Grates Reviews

 Good For / Not Good For

Good For:

An excellent upgrade for those who want to get the most out of their setup. Generic grates will do an OK job, but won’t go beyond OK. If you spend a fortune on a grill that’s supposed to last you a couple of decades, why not spend a few bucks more to make sure it always delivers peak performance?

The sole purpose of Grill Grates is to make excellent grills even better. For starters, they never succumb to rust. Thanks to the superior materials, the grates will outlast your whole cooking setup.

Maintenance comes easier, as well. Scrape off the residue, wash it off in the sink, and you’re done. No stains will stick to the surface as long as you season it properly.

But the biggest strength of their products lies in their thermal conductivity. The grates are designed to amplify the heat and distribute it evenly. You’ll be able to taste the difference right after your first cookout.

Bad For:

These accessories are not universal. Each GrillGrate product is designed for a specific grill model. There’s no doubt that these grates will improve your grill, but you’ll have to make sure they fit first.

If you have a Weber, you’re in luck as you’ll most likely find the right fit. However, if your cooking setup was manufactured by a not-so-famous company, you’ll have a hard time finding the right grates.

While the GrillGrate accessories are easy to use, you’ll have to get used to them first. You might have learned to cook on your setup by heart.

But you’ll have to learn again as the supreme thermal conductivity of GrillGrate’s materials is a real game changer. Still, there’s no doubt it’s worth it.

review of the products

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Weber Spirit 310
XL Big Green Egg
Weber 22.5 Kettle Grill Grates
Weber Kettle 18.5″ Grill Grates
Product name:
Weber Spirit 310
XL Big Green Egg
Weber 22.5"
Weber 18.5"
Dimensions:
22.2” x 5.7” x 4.5”
23” x 5” x 6”
23” x 5” x 6”
21.7 x 6.1 x 3.8
Weight:
8.15 pounds
7.55 pounds
5.5 pounds
6.5 pounds
Material:
Hard Anodized Aluminum
Hard Anodized Aluminum
Hard Anodized Aluminum
Hard Anodized Aluminum
Extra features:
Durable, Easy to use
Flare-Up Control, Innovative Design
Versatile, Juice Vaporization, No Flare-Ups
Juice Vaporization, No Flare-Ups, Excellent Browning
Price:
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Review of the products

Weber Spirit E-310 Grill Grates

Pitmaster Rating: 4.5

The hard anodized aluminum makes the setup impervious to rust. The material eliminates most of the problems that go with generic setups. They can withstand up to 900°, making them exceptionally resilient.

Forget about flair-ups as well. You won’t have to worry about your steak getting charred. That also means you won’t be babysitting your grill all the time.

There are no colds spots as well. The heat retention of GrillGrate’s products is what makes them such excellent add-ons. To set the grates up, throw away the old rusty irons and place the weber spirit e-310 grill grates in their stead. That’s all there is to it.

They are a guaranteed fit for any Weber Spirit E310 model. You might be able to fit them on another grill, but make sure to check the dimensions first.

This GrillGrates product consists of four interlocking grids. They preserve the juices and infuse them back into the meat. Ultimately, as a result, you get a superior flavor, no matter what you’re cooking.

The grids also leave gorgeous sear marks that’ll make your mouth water. Aside from that, they also nicely brown the surface, which is not only pleasing to the eyes but to the mouth as well.

To get an even better taste, you can add chips or wood pellets into the channels between the grids. The smoldering wood will impart a distinct smoky flavor. It won’t do as good of a job as a proper smoker would, but it’s the next best thing.

PROS

  • Four Interlocking Grids
  • Easy to Use
  • Very Durable
  • Excellent Distribution of Heat
  • No Flare-Ups
  • No Drippings
  • Grate Tool Included

CONS

  • Works only with Weber Spirit E310
  • DESIGN 87% 87%
  • FUNCTIONALITY 85% 85%
  • PRICE 82% 82%

Grill Grates For The Xl Green Egg

Pitmaster Rating: 4.1

It’s a small accessory – nothing about it stands out at first glance. But appearances can be deceiving. This little contraption will make you look like a professional steakhouse chef.

The accessory is especially useful on gassers and electric setups as it significantly amplifies the heat. It can increase the heat up to 350°. Thanks to that, and the fabulous distribution of heat, your food will be ready in a jiffy. Forget about hot and cold spots with this grid.

You can rest assured all the burgers will taste the same and be evenly cooked. It doesn’t matter on which side you place them.

The top-notch hard anodized aluminum is to be thanked for all that. The material also prevents rust. You can expect the grid to last you a lifetime, unlike cast-iron.

There’s nothing more infuriating than flare-ups. You make all the effort to cook a delicious dinner for the whole family, and suddenly your food ends up being burnt or charred. Well, no more!

The ingenious design prevents flare-ups, allowing you to enjoy yourself when cooking. There’s no need to always be on the lookout.

The grillgrates for the xl green egg comes with its own grease management system. The juices drip between the rows between the interlocking grids where they instantly get vaporized. That way, the food retains its flavor and moisture.

PROS

  • Flare-Up Control
  • No Rust
  • Vaporizes Drippings
  • Easy Set Up
  • Durable

CONS

  • Takes Some Getting-Used-To
  • DESIGN 68% 68%
  • FUNCTIONALITY 86% 86%
  • PRICE 73% 73%

Weber 22.5″ Kettle Grill Grates

Pitmaster Rating: 4.3

Cast Iron Grates will only take you so far. Yes, you’ll get the beautiful sears, but nothing more. The results are mostly superficial.

It does sound a bit harsh, but truth be told, they can’t compete with what this contraption has to offer. It allows you to get those precious sear marks without the char, along with better browning of the meat. There’s no rust either, and you can also forget about smoke blocking.

You can even place pellets or wood chips between the grids to achieve a superior taste. The cleanup is effortless, and you can move the whole things easily from one 22″ setup to another.

The grid is quite versatile, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s just another round piece of metal. You can turn it into a griddle by flipping it over.

Part of its charm lies in the four interlocking rectangle plates. Each has big holes which allow for the hot hair, smoke, and combustion gases to escape without loss of heat. It is quite similar to an infrared cooking system. The major difference is that you don’t have to spend a fortune.

The weber 22.5 kettle grill grates are especially useful if you have a pellet smoker. The most significant disadvantage of any pellet smoker is its incapability of reaching high temperatures. With these grates, you’ll be getting extra 150-degrees.

PROS

  • Hard Anodized Aluminum
  • No Flare-Ups
  • Even Heat
  • Juice Vaporization
  • No Rust
  • Good for Fish, Pizza, Vegetables as Wells

CONS

  • Only Fits 22″ Kettle Grills
  • DESIGN 90% 90%
  • FUNCTIONALITY 80% 80%
  • PRICE 70% 70%

Weber Kettle 18.5″ Grill Grates

Pitmaster Rating: 3.9

The little bro of the 22″ GrillGrate. If you have a nice 18.5″ kettle grill, you can go ahead and throw away those rusty irons in the trash.

With these grates, you’ll be spending more time enjoying the food and much less time on cleanup. Of course, it offers much more than simple convenience and ease of use.

The accessory ensures superior taste with its even distribution of temperatures and heat amplification. It works even better when the lid is closed. The thermal conductivity of the top-notch aluminum is like no other.

You can expect gorgeous sears that are always followed by an even better flavor. While the material plays a huge part, the unique design of the interlocking plates is instrumental as well.

The grids vaporize all the drippings, which end up back in the food. That way, no flavor is lost. It’s one of the signature features of the weber kettle 18.5 grill grates.

The rows between the grids can be used to smolder pellets or chips. That way, the food will not only retain the delicious juices but acquire a distinct smoky flavor. This simple accessory will turn you into a master chef.

To cook pizza, flip the grid over. You can even place a pizza stone on it to step up the game.

If you’d rather not part ways with your old irons just yet, you don’t have to. You can place the GrillGrate over the old irons and use it like that.

PROS

  • Easy Cleanup
  • No Rust
  • Great for Vegetables, Pizza, Fish
  • Retains Juices
  • Amplified Heat
  • Not Cold Spots
  • No Flare-Upsrip tray

CONS

  • Only Fits 18.5″ Grills
  • DESIGN 95% 95%
  • FUNCTIONALITY 70% 70%
  • PRICE 87% 87%

Grill Grate – 2019 Buyer’s Guide

If you are adamant about getting the most out of your food, you should consider upgrading your cooking setup. No matter what kind of setup you have, chances are, it can significantly be improved with one of the GrillGrates. But which one you should go for depends on the particular setup you’re using.

To make sure you are getting the right fit that’ll help you achieve even better results, there are a couple of things you should be aware of. Knowing what to expect and what is the best way to avoid possible disappointments and ensure excellent results.

Portability

All of the manufacturer’s grids are portable as they are simply an accessory. They won’t make your setup portable if it’s already not, but they won’t hinder its mobility.

All of the models are reasonably light, the heaviest one weight no more than eight pounds.

Cost

The cost depends on the size,  and the size depends on your own cooking setup. They go from $50 to 150$. Typically, each GrillGrate is designed for a specific model.

However, you might use one on multiple grills of the same dimensions. Bigger grids usually come with a free grate tool.

Accessory Material

The majority of the manufacturer’s accessories are made out of hard anodized aluminum.

You shouldn’t set for anything less. It’s what makes these products perform exceptionally well and worth the purchase.

Eese of Use

The fact that the GrillGrates amplify heat and distribute it evenly means there’ll be some getting used to. You might have to readjust your grilling style.

The cleanup is a breeze. To use them, simply remove your old irons and put the GrillGrate in their place, or put it on top of your old grates.

 

Expert Tips and Tricks

Cleaning

Grill Grate for grillingIt’s best to use the manufacturer’s cleaning tools with a bit of good old dish soap. The GrateTool and the Grate brush fit perfectly, but a standard grill brush will do the job as well.

You’ll have to buy the brush separately. Make sure to replace the brush three to four times a year. Chances are the GrateTool with come with the accessory. Don’t use caustic cleaners and don’t put the grids into the dishwasher. You can wash it in the sink using dish soap, but only after they are seasoned.

The raised rails can easily be cleaned when brushed hot. All you need to do is sprinkle a bit of water on them before. But you don’t want to overdo it the beginning.

Seasoning

It’s best to season them for a while. Try to clean them as little as possible at first and don’t clean them in the sink until they are properly seasoned. The seasoning process is similar to that of a cast-iron skillet.

You should let the side rails and rows blacked for minimum cleaning and maximum seasoning. Just remove the gunk out of the rows. Before the initial use, use a bit of canola oil to coat the rails very lightly. When the seasoning is over, discontinue the practice.

Conclusion

All the big brands of the grilling industry do their best to stay competitive. The heavyweights offer great products, no doubt, but none of them are perfect. There’s always something that could be improved, a flaw that was overlooked, or a feature that wasn’t included.

Luckily, the market is saturated with all sorts of accessories that can significantly enhance your grilling experience. A good chef never stops learning and working on his dishes.

It takes just a couple of bucks to get to the next level. Each kind of grills lacks some advantages the others come with. The GrillGrate allows you to compensate for what your setup lacks.

It won’t turn your gasser into a smoker and vice versa, but it’ll come pretty close. Maybe your setup already has everything the GrillGrates offer. But if not, it’s worth trying them out and upgrading your setup first, instead of buying a brand new one.

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