“Cast iron makes for an amazing grill grate…simply throw the ManGrates on and await the best-looking steaks of your life.”
Cast iron—It’s been used to cook for many generations and it’s the choice of professional chefs and competition grillers.
ManGrates are constructed with cast iron forged in Ohio. The heavy, dense composition of raw cast iron allows it to withstand high temperatures and provide excellent heat conduction and retention. Perfect for grilling!
Even heat, reduced flare-ups!
ManGrate’s cast iron design utilizes radiant heat—instead of convection heat or “hot air”—searing in the juices but allowing food to cook evenly. The smoke rails are the angled ledges on each bar of the ManGrate. These ledges are designed to trap and retain oils and fats released during grilling, and it’s these juices that aid in the natural smoking process giving meats a rich, barbecued flavor. They also serve to reduce flare ups.
ManGrates don’t have any type of seasoning or coating (such as porcelain)—Coatings can chip, thus exposing the cast iron to moisture which deteriorates the integrity of the grates from the inside.
All you need to care for your ManGrates is a grill brush and some type of fat or oil to create a protective seasoning. Items that can be used to season and seal the cast iron include non-stick cooking sprays (like PAM); a basting brush and vegetable or flax seed oil; a clean rag and vegetable shortening (such as Crisco); or lard. Before grilling: Brush off ManGrates and apply oil evenly and thoroughly on all sides of the grates. After grilling: Allow ManGrates to cool, brush clean, lubricate with non-stick spray, oil or shortening and close the grill lid. Your ManGrates will season more and more over time; well-seasoned ManGrates naturally resist rust and create a virtually non-stick grilling surface. (The oils/fats seep into the pores of raw iron, sealing it.)
ManGrates are virtually indestructible and, if well cared for, can last for years. Because the cast iron has no manufactured coating there are no chemicals to leech into your food. The repeated process of seasoning with vegetable oil at high temperatures creates natural non-stick properties. The more you cook, the better it gets.
ManGrates can be transferred to any grill you may ever own, and are modular: you can add or subtract the number of grates you place side-by-side depending upon the size of your grilling surface.
Each ManGrate measures 15″ long x 4 1/4″ wide x 1 3/8″ high. A pair of ManGrates covers 15″ x 8 1/2.” For visual examples of how many grates you may need, check out the “How Many Grates to Order” tab on our Customer Service page.
VERY IMPORTANT: Each ManGrate weighs 8 pounds. Before purchasing any quantity of grates, please consult your grill manufacturer’s guide to determine the maximum weight your grill can handle—both the original grill grates’ capacity (which may be a thin metal) as well as the legs—if applicable—of the grill. Please also account for the weight of the meat/foods you will be grilling. And speaking of weight, please use care when you pick up ManGrates (workout video to come at some point…haha). Seriously, though. If you need to move them to adjust your charcoal or to load onto your RV, they are heavy.
The ManGrate brush has been specifically designed to use with the ManGrates. The long and rigid stainless steel bristles reach down to clean the cast iron Grates more efficiently than a typical store-bought brush.
VERY IMPORTANT: As with any wood and metal-bristled tool, heat, moisture, age and exposure to the elements can affect the brush—wood can expand, metal can rust. Store the brush in a climate-controlled area if possible. Before every use, inspect your brush for rust or loose bristles. The ManGrate brush should be replaced every year to ensure optimal use.