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Re: Expanded metal for BBQ grate: Issues?

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Posted by mikey on July 14, 2011 at 19:09:05:

In Reply to: Expanded metal for BBQ grate: Issues? posted by Roguejim on July 13, 2011 at 13:13:26:

It will rust if you get it wet and leave it wet, or store it in a damp place. It will warp if you burn it off with a weed burner.
The edges of each hole are very sharp.
I suggest you leave your new grate out in the rain until it's good and rusty, then wire brush it until it's shiny, and give it a good coat of spray veg oil. Don't get it wet again. Any future cleaning should be skraping and brushing. It will season like cast iron, and become fairly non-stick.
The right amount of rusting smooths out the sharp places so you don't cut your finger when you poke it through a hole. Stainless does not have this feature, and stays sharp for years.

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