A burner grate is like a work of art: it’s all bold lines, corners, and curves. Our burner grates support the heaviest of our pots, take splatters and spills without complaint, and only hold heat when we need them too allowing us to go from a boil to a simmer in no time flat. We thought they deserved a little recognition, which is why we’ve made them our Product Pick this week.
Most of the time we don’t really think about our Burner Grates, they’re just there. That is until we notice that the pan we’re trying to use wobbles or that they’re somehow filthy.
But have you ever wondered why they’re there in the first place?
For a gas burner to stay lit it needs more than just gas, it also needs oxygen. By creating a space between your cookware and the flame, it gives it something to feed off of. This also leaves room for the flame to grow as you turn the knob so you don’t end up with scorched pots and pans. Yes, you lose a little bit of the heat because of this, but in return you get more evenly distributed heat which helps to avoid hot spots.
Your burner grates also help to protect the Burner Head. Typically made of cast iron in order to withstand the heat, they are strong enough to support the weight of heavy pots and pans. They’re also much wider than the burner, providing a more stable surface to cook on.
Burner grates come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and finishes depending on your range or cooktop. Many models will have an individual grate for each burner, while others will have connected grates for two or more burners. They can be enamel coated giving them a glossy finish or matte and vary in color.
With regular maintenance, your range’s grates can look great for years. But they can be a pain to clean if you don’t know how to approach them. You can use the same method to clean your enameled burner grates as you would your range’s metal grease filter:
- Fill your sink or a large bucket with hot/ almost boiling water, leaving enough room to add your grates. The water needs to be hot to break down any grease
- With a soft bristled brush (try to choose one with a longer handle), slowly stir in a bit of degreasing dish soap and a 1/4 cup of baking soda until it forms suds
- Make sure your range is off and completely cooled before removing your grates and submerge them in the mixture
- Let them soak for at least 10 minutes, adding more hot water as it cools
- Scrub the grates with your brush, then rinse them clean & dry
Even with regular care your burner grates may eventually warp, chip, crack, or the stains may be so baked on even the toughest scrubbing won’t get them off and you’ll have to replace them. If you’re looking to replace yours, you can find the grates for your specific model on our website!
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Written by: Sarah Walker