- Sep 7, 2021
- Reaction score
- Western USA
- Ironwood 650
I don't know about them being specifically "special", I just don't like my steaks slow cooked and the clean-up and maintenance of cast iron annoys me -- to each their own. What I went for was ability to hold heat that other grates cannot while being food-safe and ultra-easy to maintain. Since there is no direct heat involved and no exposed fire pot, the chances of grease fires is reduced significantly, even with the ability to hold higher heat in the grates themselves.
Basically, I want one grill that can do it all. For me, Traeger can do 9 out of 10, but steaks as good as a kettle or direct flame, no chance. And worse, there seems to be no effort to make a viable solution other than throw a cast iron pan or griddle on there--the very notion of which defeats the smokiness aspects of why I bought a Traeger in the first place. What I mean is, the Traeger cast iron griddle takes up half the surface area, takes an additional 10 minutes to heat up, and blocks air flow at the sacrific of smoke circulating around the meat.
Just trying to make it easier and better.