First Time Use - Wash thoroughly with mild dish washing liquid. Rinse with hot water and dry completely with a soft cloth or paper towel. NEVER ALLOW TO DRAIN DRY, OR WASH IN A DISHWASHER. You must season the grates before first use to prevent rust and keep foods from sticking. You must maintain the seasoning weekly. If you do not use the barbecue over the winter, consider bringing the grills inside until you are ready to grill in the spring. If this is not possible grease them heavily before covering the barbecue for the winter.


Seasoning Cast Iron Grates - Grapeseed oil is recommended for the initial seasoning. Spread a coating of Grapeseed oil over entire surface of the cast iron grates with a paper towel. Be certain the entire surface including all corners, has been coated thoroughly. (Do not use salted fat such as margarine or butter.) Preheat grill for 10 minutes. Turn burner to MEDIUM with lid closed. Allow grill to heat for 15 to 20 minutes. Turn burner to OFF. Leave cooking grates in barbecue until they are cool. Your cast iron cooking grates are now ready to use.


Maintenance - Clean grates by turning on the barbecue to HIGH and wipe debris off with a stiff, stainless-bristled brush. This should be done every time you use the barbecue.


Re-seasoning - After each use, the grates may be re-seasoned by coating with grape seed oil, closing the lid and leaving the cast iron grates in the grill until it is cool.


Tips - The cast iron grates will turn black with use. The pores of the iron will be sealed, providing a durable coating that helps to prevent foods from sticking. The grates will further season with use. Regular applications of Grapeseed oil will improve its resistance to rust. Rust, a metallic taste or discolored foods are signs of improper or inadequate seasoning or may result from cooking acidic foods. If this occurs, wash thoroughly and re-season. Since cast iron holds heat well, you will not need to use extremely high cooking temperatures. Best results are obtained with medium to medium-high heat. Do not overheat. As with all cast iron, the more the use, the easier the maintenance.


Warning - Follow all safety instructions provided with your barbecue. Do not drop cast iron grates, they may break.


Warning - Prior to storing, grease very lightly with grape seed oil, then wipe dry with paper towel. Store in a dry place.