Cast Iron searing?

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I'm surprised that everyone uses grill grates to sear with and not cast iron. I've always used cast iron for both the campfire and stovetop. I'm new to pellet grills and I've seen grill grates used extensively on all of the different platforms. Is there a reason for this?
 

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I'm surprised that everyone uses grill grates to sear with and not cast iron. I've always used cast iron for both the campfire and stovetop. I'm new to pellet grills and I've seen grill grates used extensively on all of the different platforms. Is there a reason for this?
They are supposed to get hotter than the actual pit temp because they concentrate all of the heat that they absorb. I also like them because they won't rust.
 

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Anodized Aluminum is a better thermal conductor than cast iron, of coarse it also cools down quicker.

I like to baste when I sear my steaks, so keeping the lid open is needed for that. I guess I'll play with it and see if cast iron will get hot enough.
 

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I replaced the grates on my Napoleon gasser and use grill grates extensively. I never flip them over as I have a Blackstone. I will use them for reverse searing for a quick cook. CI with clarified butter is the next go to for complete surface searing and taste, then the griddle. The griddle works great for large cooks and never disappoints.

CI seared and cooked spatchcock chicken is the best.
 

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I use grill grates and cast iron. Just depends on what I am cooking etc.. Always like to have a toolchest of different tools for the job. I reverse seared some chops on cast iron the other night and they were amazing.
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Exactly.. you need to go back to the goalie and explain there are more than one ways to score a good cook and it might take more tools than just 1 stick. Having the complement of gear is necessary although it would be nice if there was such a thing as an all in one for cooking.
 

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I'm surprised that everyone uses grill grates to sear with and not cast iron. I've always used cast iron for both the campfire and stovetop. I'm new to pellet grills and I've seen grill grates used extensively on all of the different platforms. Is there a reason for this?

Too lazy to light a charcoal fire?
 

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That's the best way to get a good sear, but I just pitched this grill as a way to consolidate my outdoor cooking and don't think that I can get a new kettle past the goalie.
Yes I had to explain why I needed this grill/smoker on top of a weber propane, charcoal, electric smoker and an old cast iron beast from Oklahoma from the 50s.
 

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Grill Grates are my newest toy, but I still have Lodge cast iron pans and griddles depending upon what I'm cooking. FYI, a cast iron pan works perfectly for cooking mussels with white wine, garlic, and butter in a RT.
 

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