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Old 07-17-2012, 02:52 PM   #1
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stainless steel vs porcelain-coated cast iron grate

Which is better? I'm looking at the Weber Genesis E-310 vs S-310. I like black over stainless (the look and the price), but the black has porcelain-coated cast iron grates, which I assume aren't as good at the stainless rods on the S-310. Am I wrong?

I've gathered that stainless rods heat quicker, clean eaiser, last longer, and are more resistant to rust. The only "benefit" I see to porcelain is that the food bits left behind from lack of good cleaning act as seasoning for your next session. And perhaps porcelain/cast iron holds heat a little longer, but who wants a hot grill after you've turned the propane off? I like my grill clean.

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Old 07-17-2012, 05:29 PM   #2
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Re: stainless steel vs porcelain-coated cast iron grate

Think I be tempted to vote for the porcelain on cast. Look at some of the high dollar yup cooking pots called La Cuset brand. Same principle and cost an arm and leg.
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Re: stainless steel vs porcelain-coated cast iron grate

I had stainless grates and everything always stuck until I let them get good and "seasoned" like cast iron. You can't really season stainless, so I guess it was just cruddy.

Now, I just like plain-old-carbon steel. Keeps seasoning just like cast iron and is bunches cheaper than stainless. I've never used porcelain coated, but it shouldn't rust unless the coating gets cracked or chipped.

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Old 07-18-2012, 12:47 AM   #4
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Re: stainless steel vs porcelain-coated cast iron grate

I would go with stainless steel, I have a Weber Genesis which I have replaced the bars on because I turn the grill on full blast to get the grill nice and hot, 500+. Then I scrape the grill with a wire brush to clean the bars from the previous cook. With the screaming hot bars and an aggressive brushing eventually the original bars developed a curve. This was enough of a curve to crack enamel after only a few years. That's my experience. Are there cast iron grates which will fit a Weber Genesis, I would love to try those.
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Old 07-18-2012, 04:37 AM   #5
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Re: stainless steel vs porcelain-coated cast iron grate

dledmo - did you replace the original grate with stainless, or did you go enamel on cast again? The stainless grate for the Genesis are $80. I might go that way. Price of the Genesis E-310 +$80 is still less than the Genesis S-310.
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Old 07-18-2012, 05:33 PM   #6
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Re: stainless steel vs porcelain-coated cast iron grate

Well cared-for cast iron is pretty awesome. My camp cookware has lasted forever. Only takes a little oil now and again. I live in the desert so maybe why I'm not worried about rust. If you're cooking in the cold air, the cast iron will retain the grate temp a little better while your turning your product. Same goes for getting grill marks on the second side, especially if your grill is full enough that you have to turn "in-place".
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Old 07-19-2012, 12:08 AM   #7
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Re: stainless steel vs porcelain-coated cast iron grate

My originals were stainless and I replaced with the same. The grill I had previous, not a Weber, had a ceramic covered grate and the enamel did crack. When I mentioned cast iron I would like to go with straight cast iron with no enamel.
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