Carol asked: Can cast iron grates/burners be “seasoned” like cast iron pans?
To prevent rust, you should always season cast iron grates and burners. The process is the same as with most cast iron, just follow these steps.
You Will Need:
- Fat (oil, lard, bacon grease, etc)
- Heat (an oven or gas grill)
- Stiff plastic brush
Steps to Season the Burners and Grates:
- Start by thoroughly cleaning the cast iron grates and burners with water and a stiff brush. They MUST be clean in order to season properly.
- Cover every surface of the grate or burner with the fat of your choice.
- Bake at 350°F for at least 30-45 minutes.
- Allow the grate to cool, then re-grease it.
- Bake at 450°F for another 45 minutes.
- Repeat until the grate is no longer gummy or sticky when cool.
Additional Tips and Advice
- Seasoning can be a stinky, smelly process. If you can do it outside on a gas grill, it’s a good idea to do so.
- Never use soap on cast iron.
- Re-season monthly, or whenever iron starts to get sticky.