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    Weber Q1000 Griddle #6558

    I've seen a lot of pictures online, where a metal spatula is used with the Weber Q griddle #6558. Interestingly the instructions say not to use a metal utensil, as it could damage the griddle surface coating. Yet there is even a picture on the Weber store page showing a metal spatula being used with this griddle. I'm confused.

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    I don't own one but soon to be in the market. It specs as Weber Q griddle #6558 made of porcelain-enameled cast-iron which is the same material as most grill grates, so I don't know why they would recommend not using a metal spat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by timothy View Post
    I don't know why they would recommend not using a metal spat?
    Well, because metal can end up scratching off the porcelain-enamel. Porcelain-enamel is not bullet proof, it can be chipped and cracked.

    UPDATE: I called Weber Customer Support and was told to do what the instructions suggest. They didn't know why they show a picture with this product and a metal spatula, even though it's shown on their web site and on the griddle instruction manual. So it's okay to use a metal spatula on the porcelain-enameled cooking grates on my grill, but not with the porcelain-enameled griddle. I did however notice that the porcelain-enameled griddle surface is rougher than the grill's porcelain-enameled cooking grates, so maybe that's the reason. Not exactly sure why Weber used a difference surface texture for the griddle. The surface is more like how the old Weber Q porcelain-enameled cooking grates used to be, more cast ironish and less smooth porcelain.

    Okay so if I have to use a plastic spatula, it seems like this griddle's rough surface could file it down. I'm confused and wish Weber would provide some information.
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    I contacted Weber customer support again today because I wanted to see if they can suggest what kind of spatula can be used with this griddle. He was going to have a supervisor review the issue and get back with me. This is the response from that supervisor:

    Dear Customer,
    Thanks for choosing Weber. They mean not to use a metal scraper to clean off the griddle. If you use a scraper it can damage the exterior of the griddle. For that you want to use a bristle brush. You can use any spatula you’d like to flip your food.

    Sean

    Weber/Ducane Evening Customer Service Supervisor



    I responded back to him quoting what the griddle instruction manual states.

    CAUTION: Using a metal spatula on the griddle surface can cause damage to the porcelain-enmal finish.


    Clearly Weber employees don't even know their products.

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    Finally I got someone at Weber that confirmed a metal spatula can be used with the griddle. Here is what their parts department said concerning the griddle instruction manual saying not to use a metal spatula:

    “This statement is misleading and will be changed in our instructions. The concern is that people don’t gouge the griddle. Stainless steel is a good material for our barbecue tools – we just need to update our griddle instructions. We will update to something similar to: To preserve the life and performance of your enameled cookware, do not gouge or use sharp metal utensils. Gouging or scraping with sharp metal utensils can damage the enameled surface.”

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    Finally got around to getting one of these griddles. I love it! Made some burgers last night and they were great. I really love the little Q grill and how much you can do with it. The add-on's I have (portable cart, light and now the griddle) really make it versatile. It won't replace my kettles, but this is much easier to transport!

    http://imgur.com/a/zTlOp
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    Nice. But I found a cast iron griddle that would fit most of that. I guess that allows you to cook two differant ways at the same time.

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    I had trouble finding one that would fit, plus allow you to use one side still with the regular grate. Being porcelain coated has an advantage in that it's a little easier to take care of.

    Also, this has two holes to allow grease to drain safely away from the burner. That's something I have trouble with my lodge griddle I use on my kettle. There's no drain.. and even if there was, there'd be a constant grease fire if you aren't careful!
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    Understood. Now I want to find one for my
    go anywhere were I can close the lid. The small one I have will work but have to leave the lid off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus Brannon View Post
    Finally got around to getting one of these griddles. I love it! Made some burgers last night and they were great. I really love the little Q grill and how much you can do with it. The add-on's I have (portable cart, light and now the griddle) really make it versatile. It won't replace my kettles, but this is much easier to transport!

    http://imgur.com/a/zTlOp
    That looks awesome. I should buy one for when I want to cook outside but not necessarily grill. Which.......I guess is the point.

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