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Video:Tips for Buying Porcelain-Coated vs. Stainless Steel Grills

with Kenneth Nickle

Get your facts straight when comparing porcelain-coated and stainless steel grills. Watch this how-to video from About.com to learn the differences between these types of grills.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Buying Porcelain-Coated vs. Stainless Steel Grills

Hi, My name is Kenneth Nickle, I've been cooking BBQ in Kansas City for a little over ten years, I trained at BB's Lawnside, competed with the Nickle Boys BBQ team, and Currently I work at Fiorella's Jack Stack. Right now I'm going to show you a few tips on choosing between porcelain coated grills, versus stainless steel grills for About.com.

Basics for Buying Porcelain-Coated vs. Stainless Steel Grills

Now they are both very good grill grates to buy. if you want a porcelain coated one, you might be spending a little bit more money, and it might last longer in the long run, but you have to be very careful on the maintenance on them. If you get any chips they are going to crack off into the meat and then, once one chip starts it's just the domino effect. If you get one chip in your porcelain coated grill, it's pretty much trash.

Stainless Steel Grills

For your stainless steel grill you are going to run into some of the same issues that you would have with a porcelain coated grill. it will start to chip off some of that stainless steel, they will rust eventually and they don't last as long, but they are cheaper.

Porcelain-Coated Grills

On the exterior of a porcelain grill, they are easier to clean, it's just a matter of wiping it down with soapy water. You don't want to use the wire brush scrapping on that porcelain coated. With the stainless steel you can wipe them down with soapy water, clean them with a wire brush, anything that you need to get that gunk off of there.

More Basics for Buying Porcelain-Coated vs. Stainless Steel Grills

As far as the stainless steel goes there are stainless steel coated one's and then there is stainless steel grills. The coated one's are cheaper, but they don't last as long. Porcelain grills are great because they hold insulation better, but they are not going to have that seer to the meat that you are going to get off of a stainless steel grill. Now me, personally, I love using a stainless steel grill grate. I do tend to go for the cheaper ones, just because I go through grill grates so much. I cook so much on them, they are always chipping or rusting, so I just throw one out and I know I can go get another one for ten or fifteen dollars.

If you do have the time to maintain them, go ahead and go for the porcelain coated one. They are insulated better, they are easier to clean. As long as you care for them properly, they should last longer. Now when you do go to get a porcelain coated grill, make sure you get the dipped instead of the sprayed on porcelain. The one that is dipped is not going to chip as fast as the sprayed on one. You get more of a thicker coating of the porcelain on there.

Thanks for watching, for more information about buying a porcelain coated grill versus a stainless steel grill, check us out on the web, at About.com.

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