Having a gas grill without quality grates will definitely have an impact on the quality of your food. We hear a lot about porcelain-enameled cooking grates, stainless steel grates and so forth but how do we know which one is best? Is there a material that can withstand high temperatures for long periods of time?
A good quality cooking grate should have these qualities:
- Won’t Rust
- Prevent Food from Sticking
- Good Heat transfer
Its obvious that the cost of your gas grill will be higher if it fulfills all the criteria mentioned above.
If you were to do your reading on cooking grates, you will find that there are a few types out there. Cast iron grates, Stainless steel grates, Porcelain coated grates and steel grates.
The best out there are cast iron grates. They are heavy grates and with proper maintenance they can last a long time. Sometimes it is also coated with porcelain giving it added longevity. Cast iron grates transfer heat efficiently and is durable. It also gives that nice seared marks on your food. The best way to protect cast iron cooking grate is to line it with oil.
Porcelain coated cooking grates do last a while providing if you don’t use metal cooking utensils on it. The porcelain layer is only a coat protecting the metal in the inner layer. The metal is not protected by any other layer if it gets exposed and so, air, water, and the intense heat will shorten its lifespan. While cleaning it, make sure you get a brush that won’t damage the porcelain coat.
Stainless steel grates lasts longer than steel grates simply but certainly not as long as cast iron grates. Porcelain coated grates lasts longer than stainless steel grates as well. The worse kind of cooking grates is made of plain steel. Plain steel easily loses its temper and after a while develops chips, making its surface rough and uneven. Food tends to stick easier on plain steel surfaces over time.
Stainless steel also loses its temper albeit at a slower pace.