CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF COOKING GRATES
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Moisture is the nemesis of raw metal. This is why it is so important to go through the entire seasoning process providing a protective coating to all the steel and cast iron parts to your grill. Keep in mind, Seasoning is not a one-time event but an on-going process. It will dissipate with time and use. To season your grill and grates: (Video Link Below)
- Coat the interior hood, body, and cooking grates with 100% oil (Vegetable Oil, Olive Oil, Flax Seed Oil, or Shortening).
- Build a pyramid of 15 to 20 charcoal briquettes, no more than that.
- Let it go for 45 minutes to an hour. Hint: until it's no longer smoking.
- Allow the grill to cool enough to add another coating of oil.
- Repeat this process two more times. You will clearly see that hard, shiny, protective coating.
You are ready to start grilling!
Note: Depending on how often you use the grill will determine how often this process needs repeating.
If you missed this step in the beginning and you see surface rust forming, it can be removed. It's best to start with some type of abrasive cleaning tool when you are trying to get the rust off any type of metal. Wire brushes and steel wool are good choices for cast iron. You can attack the rust build-up with just an abrasive surface and your own muscle power or you can opt to utilize a cleaning solution to aid in your grill cleaning efforts.
If you like the idea of using a cleaning solution, consider trying one of these options:
Vinegar - Rub the rusty surface with plain white vinegar at full strength and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Once the vinegar starts to dissolve the rust, use your brush to begin cleaning the affected area. Repeat until the rust is gone.
Baking Soda Paste - As an alternative to using vinegar, you can attempt to clean rust off cast iron grills and other metal surfaces using a thick paste made from baking soda and water. Apply the paste to the rust build-up and allow it to sit for a few hours. Then, scrub away the paste using a brush repeating as necessary.
Salt Paste - If you need something stronger than baking soda or vinegar to remove the rust from your cast iron grill, make a thick paste of kosher salt and water. Apply it to the rusty area, then use a brush to scrub away the rust. Repeat as necessary. For particularly stubborn rust, you may need to begin your cleaning efforts with a salt paste but may find that you can switch to the less abrasive baking soda paste once the first few layers of rust have been removed.
Attached below are a few links that could be helpful to you!
How to Season Your Grill
How to Oil Your Grill Grates After Use
If you still have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to Customer Service via phone, email, or chat for assistance!