Aftermarket Cast Iron Grates

SillyRabbit

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I feel guilty, but I did it. I bought off brand cast iron grates from Amazon for my EX4. Spec'd for Spirit 300, same as the parts that Weber now show as compatible with the SmokeFire. Thought I would share some pics and later follow up on how they perform\last. The are solid cast iron and the measurements 17.25" x 23.5" when side by side. They fit same as the stock grates with more slope than desired. Probably 3/4" gap if they are pushed apart. The short way, they fit with no issue. The obvious up side going this route over Weber is cost. These were $26.99 for the pair shipped. At one point I had a set in my cart that were only $20.89. I debated too long and the price went up, so I grabbed these. There are several brands out there, probably all made at the same China factory. This brand is Stanbroil. Here are some pics.

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I feel guilty, but I did it. I bought off brand cast iron grates from Amazon for my EX4. Spec'd for Spirit 300, same as the parts that Weber now show as compatible with the SmokeFire. Thought I would share some pics and later follow up on how they perform\last. The are solid cast iron and the measurements 17.25" x 23.5" when side by side. They fit same as the stock grates with more slope than desired. Probably 3/4" gap if they are pushed apart. The short way, they fit with no issue. The obvious up side going this route over Weber is cost. These were $26.99 for the pair shipped. At one point I had a set in my cart that were only $20.89. I debated too long and the price went up, so I grabbed these. There are several brands out there, probably all made at the same China factory. This brand is Stanbroil. Here are some pics.

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I believe the Weber ones have an enamel coating which eliminates upkeep and potential rust. Thus the price difference. All the Weber cast stuff has enamel bonded to it. I have not had any issues with longevity. I think they have perfected this process. Think cast iron pot vs enamel coated cast iron pot. Lodge vs le cruset so to speak.
 
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Now that you mention it, yeah, the Weber coating is the difference. I have a Weber cast iron griddle for my Genesis and I have never had to season it or do anything for its upkeep. I am going to season these grate like a cast iron skillet. A light coat of high temp oil at 400deg for an hour, 3 or 4 times. As they are now, they are just bare cast iron.
 

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