Cooking Performance

Which is better Cast Iron or Stainless Steel Cooking Grids?

When comparing cooking grids, the most important thing to consider is the weight and thickness of the grid.

  1. Heavy cooking grids have the necessary mass required to retain heat to sear and transfer this energy to foods on the grill.
  2. Heavy cooking grids have the necessary mass required to distribute the heat evenly over the entire surface of the grid.
  3. By maintaining their heat throughout the grilling process the grids' searing capability is improved, locking in the natural juices. With heavy cooking grids, you are able to sear the meat the first, second, third, and fourth time without moving the meat to a new position on the grid. Results are tender, juicy and flavourful steaks, chops, and chicken pieces.
  4. Heavy cooking grids are essential for flavourful results in outdoor grilling.

Heavy cast iron grids deliver superior searing performance and simple to maintain. Learn more about maintaining cast iron grids.

Heavy stainless steel grids are durable and virtually maintenance free. Simply clean with a stainless steel grill brush.

Why is cast iron considered better for cooking grids?

Although we consider all of our cooking grids to be of high quality and performance, cast iron is a much heavier metal than most barbecue cooking grids. Because of its high density it retains heat better, and is very effective for searing most meats (such as steak, chicken, and hamburgers). Our grids feature a pointed side for perfect sear marks and a grooved side for continuous basting.

What could cause uneven heat while cooking?

Although not considered normal, a possible cause for uneven heat is a blockage in the burner venturi tubes. It is possible for small insects to get inside the venturi tubes of the burner. Any blockage inside of the venturi tubes could cause uneven heat. Cleaning instructions can be found on page 5 of your propane manual, or page 4 of your natural gas manual.