Quick Question: Just bought a new gas grill to replace my old clunker.
They don't have any lava rocks? Just grill over the open flame. Is this
standard practice now for the new ones? Come to think of it .. I have not
seen lava rocks in the stores either?
Gas grills from Weber have not had lava rocks for decades. They use v-shaped
steel bars. No flare-ups with the steel bars. Some say less taste too; the
fat & grease that collects in teh rocks also adds some smoke flavor.
They're called that to sell better. It's better than saying "we have
v-shaped stainless steel bars". And, how does the fat & grease stick to the
bars since it deflects and/or drips off of them to the bottom of the grill?
It does stick to them. Over time they build up, rather like
seasoning on cast iron. It's one reason I put off buying new ones,
but when I opened the grill this year (no, I don't grill in the winter),
they were eaten through after 11 years.
If all the fat that landed on the bars just ran through to the bottom,
the little metal tray that catches it would be full, but it's not. I don't
even have to change it during the summer, usually.
I inherited a like-new(but not well kept - damp storage) Sunbeam gas
grill last year and spent $39 on a new burner this year(my total
investment so far).
I may get a universal grate & convert it to lava rocks. The
"Flavorizer" bar/pan does not provide the even heat I'm used to, and a
lot of juices run through and make a mess of the underside & tank.
I have some lava rocks still left over. Lowes had bags of them last week.
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