If you grill regularly, you already know that your grill grates are the most susceptible to wear and require constant maintenance. High temperatures, working in the open, grease splatters, humidity: before you know it, your grill grates are shot to hell. 

Like everything else, grill grates are likely to deteriorate over time. Loose or rusty grates are not something you should ignore, they not only affect the quality of your food but could pose a threat to your health

Whether you’re avoiding investing in a new grill or hoping new grill grates will do the trick or you’re looking for an upgrade in the performance of your grill, here are some things to keep in mind while working with new grill grates. 

Why Are Grill Grates Important?

Grill grates are the primary point of contact between your food and your grill. The condition of your grill grates reflects the quality of food (and experience) you are likely to have while grilling. Working with neat, well-functioning grates mean that you can expect even heating, perfect sear marks, juicier food with enhanced flavors and an easy-peasy grill cleaning experience. 

Damaged grates contain burned or dried food that is difficult to remove and actually act as insulators, stopping you from getting the desired sear marks. Other tell-tale signs that tell you it’s time to retire your old grates are uneven cooking, corroded grates, off-tasting food, and stubborn debris that just can’t seem to get cleaned. 

While a little rust or debris can be easily managed by cleaning it with a wire brush, harder accumulations and chipped grates are a more serious problem. 

Rusty Grill Grate Example
Rusty Grill Grate Example

Seasoning Your Grill Grates

Seasoning your Char-Broil grill is a vital part of its upkeep. Before using it for the first time or at the beginning of every grilling season, it’s critical to prepare your grill. The seasoning process includes heating and oiling (vegetable oil) the grill grates to get the most out of your grill. 

Oil protects your grill grates from rust and also makes it easier to clean them. So, coating your grates evenly with oil and heating the grill for about 15 minutes ensures your grill grates heat well for longer and any remaining bacteria has been burnt off. After every use, applying oil to the grates prevent them from rusting.  

Should I Buy Or Replace My Grill Grates?

Whatever is the reason to retire your grates, you may be wondering if you should buy new ones (aftermarket) or simply replace the old ones (with Char-Broil brand grates)?

Buying the original ones that your grill came with is an option that you know will fit your current grill. If you’re willing to experiment, you would appreciate the design choices that high-end infrared grills come with, and how they can change your game. Infrared works a little differently than traditional grill grates. Between the flame and the top of the infrared grill grate is an infrared element that radiates intense heat to your food. The benefits to infrared grill grates include: faster preheat, less flareups, even heat distribution, and a faster cook.

You have options for upgrades on your CharBroil grill. Below we list the dual packs of a traditional grill grate and a infrared. You have the best of both worlds that you can interchange whenever you like.

Grill Grates For Your Char-Broil Grill

Picking the right grate for your Char-Broil grill can be a little confusing considering there are so many options out there. If you’re thinking of replacing your old grates, here’s what we recommend.

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Replacement Grate and Emitter- After 2015

This comes with a premium set of stainless steel emitter plates and porcelain-coated cast-iron grates that ensure you enjoy a juicy and safe grilling experience. These grates are compatible with Char-Broil Commercial, Signature and Professional series TRU infrared grills that are made after 2015.

Note: These grates are not compatible with the Performance series infrared grills.

Measuring about 6 inches wide and 17 inches deep, you will need to buy 3 sections for your 2-burner grill, 4 sections for your 3-burner and 5 sections for your 5-burner grill.

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Replacement Grate and Emitter- Before 2015

This set includes 1 grate and 1 emitter plate which is suitable for 2 and 3-burner Char-Broil grills made before 2015. 

You’ll need 2 of these units for your 2-burner grill and 3 units for your 3-burner grill.

Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU Replacement Grate And Emitter- 2 Pack

This set contains 2 sections of stainless steel emitter plates and porcelain enameled cast-iron grates that are compatible with Char-Broil Commercial series infrared gas grills with 2 and 3 burners, made before 2015.   

Note: These grates are not compatible with the Professional, Performance or Signature series of infrared grills.

While the lower emitter plate measures 18.35 inches long and 8.89 inches wide. The cast-iron grates go above the emitter plates and are hence smaller measuring about 18.27 inches long and 8.28 inches wide.

2-burner grills need a 2-pack and 3-burner grills need a 3-pack.

Char-Broil Commercial Series TRU Replacement Grate And Emitter- 3 Pack

This set includes 3 sections of emitter plates and grates compatible with Char-Broil Commercial series infrared grills made before 2015.

Note: These grates are not compatible with the Professional, Performance or Signature series of infrared grills.

The dimensions of the emitter plate are 18.35 in length by 8.89 inches wide, and grates measure 18.27 long by 8.28 wide. The 3-pack is perfect for 3-burner grills. 

Char-Broil TRU Infrared Replacement Grate and Emitter- 4-Burner Grills

This includes 1 emitter and 1 grill grate suited for 4-burner Char-Broil infrared grills made before 2015. You’ll need 4 units of this set for 4-burner grills.  

Char-Broil Stainless Steel Grill Grates – Upgrade

The aftermarket realm provides stainless steel options for Char-Broil grills. These are heavy duty grates made out of 304 stainless steel and are 7mm in diameter. Stainless are easier to clean and maintain but do not retain the heat of cast grill grates.

To Conclude

Along with choosing, the grate that is most compatible with your grill, the material of the grate is also very important. Typically grates are made of steel, stainless steel, and heavy-duty cast iron. While each of these types has its benefits, you can make your choice based on their ability to do 3 things: provide good heat transfer, avoid food from sticking more than necessary, and continue to work for you for along time. Save some money and reinvest in that Char-Broil grill. While you’re at it, get it a new cover to withstand mother nature.

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