The Greatness that is GrillGrate

img_2328What are GrillGrate and why use them? GrillGrate are uniquely designed, interlocking panels made from anodized aluminum that can replace or be used in conjunction with your existing grill grates on your gas grill, Weber kettle grill, kamado  style grill or a pellet grill.  They are so versatile that you can even place them over an open fire.  The anodized aluminum allows the grates to conduct heat more efficiently and evenly than cast iron or stainless steel grates.  This is what delivers those fabulous grill marks we all love to see.

img_3508-2GrillGrates have valleys between the grates with proportionally sized holes that allow for vaporization.  Meat drippings are captured in the valleys instead of being dropped on hot coals.  This practically eliminates flare-ups which can be very beneficial when grilling something like chicken thighs or hamburgers.  In addition, the drippings vaporize and are distributed back to the surface.  To me, it makes sense that this process adds more flavor and moister to the food.

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Rutland Safe Lite Fire Starter Squares Review

As you know, there are many ways to light your kamado grill.  Just to name a few that I bet will be familiar to you,  a propane torch,  heating loop or a fan-powered heat stick (heat gun).  I’m sure you have even fired up your grill, like I have in the past, by using newspaper and matches to light your starter chimney.  There are plenty more methods that I’m sure I have not mentioned.  I, personally,  have only used three,  a heat gun,  starter chimney  and lighter squares….which brings me to the point of this post.

I want to take a few minutes of your time to tell you about my favorite method and why.  First, allow me to brief you on the others.  The heat gun works well, but it has a few drawbacks.  It’s electric, or at lease the one I have is and it must be plugged in.  You must monitor it while using.  Then you have to let it cool down in a safe place.

Now, the starter chimney works nice.  It get’s the grill up to temp quickly, which I like.  However, I find it  just a little cumbersome.

My method of choice, starter squares!  If you haven’t used them, I suggest you give them a try.  Here’s why: Continue reading “Rutland Safe Lite Fire Starter Squares Review”

Smokeware Chimney Cap Review


We haven’t had much rain in Atlanta this summer, which is great for grilling, but not for keeping your backyard plants watered.  Much like your plants need water, your grill needs to be dry when grilling, especially a kamado grill.

I own a Classis 18” Kamado Joe grill that comes with a standard daisy-wheel type easy-open dome.  However, water can penetrate through it, making it impossible to maintain a dry grill and correct temperatures.

If you are like me, your desire is to be able to grill almost every day, rain or shine.  Short of rigging an umbrella, this is impossible.  So, I decided to do a little research for a solution.  I stumbled upon  This site is full of after-market accessories for grills, but primarily for kamado style grills.

I found a really nice stainless steel chimney cap and a flat cap for my kamado grill.  The chimney cap replaces the standard dome and waterproofs the chimney.

I placed my order and received it within three days.  After a quick and easy installation, I was up and running on a dry grill, regardless of Mother Nature’s mood.

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