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May 31, 2009 02:05 PM

Rusty Grill Grates

Hey all. Got one of those is it safe questions.

My grill is in pretty good shape, about 1 year old. But the grates that lie directly on top of the burners which help distribute the heat more equally are getting a bit rusty. It looks like the covering started to peel off and where ever that happened, I'm getting some rust. Not sure if that is a porcelin cover, I think it is.

Anyway, the actual grill/grate where food makes contact is A+. No rust, very clean, etc. But was slightly concerned that the rust heating up on the lower grate might give off some toxic fumes and penetrate the food.

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  1. No, you're fine. If you like, you can scrub the lower grates (a/k/a "flavorizer bars") with some steel wool (which might leave some fibers behind that'll rust ;-), or with a green (read: aggressive) ScotchBrite pad.