Thoughts??It kind of looks like cast iron. There is certainly no reason to paint that part as it will just burn off.
Can you take a picture of it with the legs up and no packaging around it?
They upgraded the 1250 to a cast iron heat deflector.....I have to wonder if they did the same for the 590.
I believe the stainless deflectors were warping.I'm curious if going to cast iron for the deflector was done as a cost cutting measure or to make the grill function better? Cast iron is the cheapest raw material while T304 stainless contains high grade metals, one being nickle, which is costly. Labor costs are higher to manufacture cast iron parts but since they're made in China, labor costs may be negligible. The thicker cast iron retains heat better than stainless steel sheet metal, but since it's a heat "deflector" I'm not sure if the cast iron will absorb a lot of the heat instead of "defecting" it to the cookbox where the food is and if that's good or bad for this application? Of course I don't know what I'm talking about, but my mind was churning thinking about the change...