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new to cast iron
May 24, 2010
12:56 pm
seattle, wa
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May 24, 2010

first of all, hello everyone. this is my first time posting here, and it certainly seems like a fantastic web forum.

i'm a texas native living in seattle, washington, and one thing that came with me to seattle was my love of grilling. learned quite a bit from the old man, though actually applying the lessons was harder than anticipated. still, i can hold my own around the fire, and i am now ready for a new challenge.

i prefer charcoal over propane (despite the avatar), and though i've been through several cheap grills over the years, it was about time to pick up something that would require a lot more care. i ordered the char-griller patio model via after checking out char-grillers for the last three summers or so. i figured it would be the perfect implement for me and my sunday football buddy to really elevate not only sunday ball, but the rest of the dark and rainy times of the year when we just gotta have a good steak!

i expect my new device on wednesday, and i am already aware that the cast iron will require seasoning, but i've never had to season cast iron before, let alone an entire grill. they ship it out with that protective wax, so i'm a bit confused on how to go about this.

my guess is to wash the grill grates with hot water (no soap) to remove the wax, coat them in vegetable oil, coat the entire inside of the barrel with vegetable oil, build a small fire (ten-to-fifteen non-self-lighting coals), and once the coals are nice and hot, throw in the grates, close the cover, and wait a couple of hours. at this point, shouldn't it be ready to cook?

any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated. there are two porterhouse steaks with our names on 'em, and this is a long overdue experience Smile

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May 26, 2010
1:28 pm
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May 25, 2010

I think that would pretty much work, obviously dry the grates thoroughly before applying oil. I have a CharGriller as well, and I don't recall the grates requiring any cleaning, though I have slept several times in the past five years and could just be mis-remembering!

The cast iron grates are awesome, though I must not have seasoned mine properly (though I'm not sure where I messed up!) because I always have to scrape off a light coating of rust when several days go between uses. I seasoned mine per the instructions that I think came with the grill, in the oven for 2 or 3 hours. Maybe this is the mistake, though I am not sure. Your proposed method sounds good, just be sure and be liberal with the oil, don't miss any surfaces!

Good luck and happy grilling, you're going to love your new grill.

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May 29, 2010
8:16 am
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June 24, 2008

yep.. looks like you have it under control…

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