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    GBS or just plan ole cast iron?

    So I was thinking about upgrading my 22" Kettle with the grate that can use the GBS items. I would really only use the wok and the griddle and was wondering if a Lodge Cast Iron couldn't give the same results. Does anyone have any thought on if the GBS provides better end results than cast irons?

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    I just got the GBS grate for mine but no accessories yet. I use it more with the center grate removed for my Vortex.
    But to answer your question I've used Lodge CI skillets, griddles, Dutch ovens on the regular old grate and they work just fine.

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    I use my GBS grate for the vortex also and like Tim said cast iron works just fine on a regular grate.
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    I also mostly just take out the center when using the vortex. But I have been using it with a wok (not the GBS version) and have really liked the results. I did a post about it here. I prefer carbon steel vs. CI for a wok and this setup has worked quite well for me. It gets quite hot and cooks fast, so I have to have everything fully prepped and ready ahead of time.
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    Does Anyone have a 22" Stainless Steel GBS Grate and how do you like it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Garcia View Post
    Does Anyone have a 22" Stainless Steel GBS Grate and how do you like it?
    I didn't know Weber offered a SS one, ya got a link?
    Mine is plated, but heavier duty rods compared to a standard top grate one.

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    I would use my 26 with the Vortex, but I worry bout what the heat would do to the plated grate.
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    I'm pretty sure Weber doesn't make a SS GBS for the 22" and don't think anyone else does either.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Dollar View Post
    I would use my 26 with the Vortex, but I worry bout what the heat would do to the plated grate.
    Unless it's an older model 26" it should have a SS cook grate, that's also what their replacements are made of.

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    I had the Craycort 22" cast iron grate and griddle.

    If you live in arid southwest, maybe OK
    In humid SE, rusted away quickly

    Seasoning on cast iron doesnt last grilling, it burns away at grilling temps. Then it rusts rapidly.

    Stainless is da only way to go for grill grates. Plated dont last grilling either, though their fine for smoker since low temp and coated in grease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn Dollar View Post
    I would use my 26 with the Vortex, but I worry bout what the heat would do to the plated grate.
    It left Permanent Burnt marks on the center plate of my GBS where I had placed my smoke wood.

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