Best griddle for the Q1000/Q1200?

Stefan H

TVWBB Wizard
I want to add a griddle to my Q1200. The Weber griddle is about $50. I have seen other ones for half the price. Can anyone recommend one?

Qulimetal for $25:

Grisun for $26:

Stanbroil for $20:

And there is also a stainless steel one for $45:
 

Bruce

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Stainless is always good IMO. But, do you want the little lip, like they have on the cast iron ones? Unless someone on here has personal experience with them and chimes in, I would just go with the feed back and descriptions and make the choice. I don't think I would pay double for a Weber branded one. They probably are made in China just like the others.
 

Stefan H

TVWBB Wizard
Good point about the lip. It helps keeping the grease in when cooking bacon. But it looks like they have holes too. Which then defies the lip. 😂 And yes I agree on cast iron. Not rocket science to make. I think I give the Qulimetal a try. I like their other products. And yes Weber parts come from Far East as well. So there is really no need to pay twice for a product made there. I wish I could purchase some locally made products. I am even willing to pay. I rather pay $50 to $100 to a local shop than to a large corporation who produces Overseas. But That is another story.
 

Bruce

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I assume those drain holes on the CI griddles are placed in a good spot so that they drip away from the burners. Otherwise, it could be a big problem if a bunch of bacon grease or other grease flows down over the burner tubes. It looks like they probably drip to the outside of the burners and then will run down the side into the grease tray.
 

MikeLucky

TVWBB Super Fan
Damn, I wish I had known about those other cast iron options. I bought the Weber one about a year and a half ago. I paid $50ish for it.

I did look at the stainless one but didn't like that it doesn't have a lip. I've definitely enjoyed mine. The holes aren't as much of a factor as you'd think. They are situated away from the flame and honestly you would have to really purposely direct the grease to them to get a lot of flow through them.

Here are some pics of mine in action








 

Stefan H

TVWBB Wizard
I ordered the Qulimetal griddle today. I will report how it works when I get it. Cast iron has been around for centuries. No reason to charge $50. $25 is already expensive. One can get whole dutchovens for half that price.
 

Jerry L

New member
Stefan - I have the Qulimetal griddle for the Q 2000/2200. Got it this spring, and it's holding up great. Dimensions are 100% correct, and grease holes are big enough and don't drip on the burners. Just season it like you would any cast iron and it's good to go.
 

Kyle in Woodstock

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Do you guys worry about grease fires at all with the gas and bacon grease?
I've got a griddle on my kettle, but can easily direct the grease down either hole away from flames. Seems like it would be hard to control on a Q, but maybe not...
 

Kyle in Woodstock

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When I need a griddle surface for my Q I just use a cast iron skillet. The Lodge 10" skillet fits my Q1200 and if I want a bigger griddle I use this Lodge CI platter. It just barely fits.
Walmart had almost all of their Lodge cast iron on sale for around 50% off. I posted in the Buy, Sell, Trade forum, but none replied.

Looks like a couple of their 10" pieces are still on sale.


 

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