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Before you buy your grill, check out this startling burner comparison.
High end manufacturers such as Altima, Vielux, KitchenAid, Dacor,
Alfresco, Fire Magic, DCS, Viking, Weber, Napoleon, Star and more are

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All stainless steel burners are not created equal. When comparing burner
systems, there are a few key points to look for. Most manufacturers use
stainless steel sheet metal to make their burner systems. The downside of
sheet metal burners is that they are prone to a process called burn-
through. The manufacturer's warranty covers sheet metal burners against
rust-through, but does not cover against burn through. To combat burn
through, select manufacturers use CAST stainless steel burners. The
warranty on these burners does cover burn-through as well as rust-
through, twisting, warping and any other problems.

Compared side by side it is plain to see by our photos at Gas Grills Now,
that where a sheet metal burner is not as thick as a U.S. quarter, a cast
stainless steel burner is a full ¼ INCH thick. Along with being thicker,
note the placement of the burner ports on the side of the burner. On the
sheet metal burners, the ports are exposed to grease drippings, and food
particles, which can clog the ports and speed up the burn-through
process. The cast burner is designed with a protective ridge, so that
drippings cannot contact the ports.

There are several choices offered to the consumer: Cast stainless steel,
Tube stainless steel, Sheet stainless steel, porcelain, cast iron and
chrome burners.

    * Stainless Steel: Sheet Metal burners are the least expensive. They
are mainly used on grills under $800. A tube burner is better than sheet
metal, but is still very thin compared to cast. The tube burner is a
great place for high end grill manufactures to cut costs. They are not
even as thick as a quarter. As far as I know, all tube burners do not
cover burn through.

    Cast Stainless Steel is the best. Look at the burner pictures and you
will see that the cast is 1/4 inch thick.

    Warranty covers burn through!
    * Cast Iron: Cast-iron conducts heat better which makes it the
preferred cooking surface for many cooks. To protect against the natural
rusting process, cast-iron cooking grids have a porcelain finish which
requires special maintenance.

    * Porcelain: Porcelain enamel is essentially a highly durable glass
which, with coloring oxides and other inorganic materials, is fused to
metal at extremely high temperatures. Most grids are made of steel rods;
some are coated with porcelain to make them rust resistant and easier to

    * Chrome: Chromium is a silver-gray, lustrous, brittle, hard metal
that can be highly polished. It does Not tarnish in air, but burns when
heated, forming the green chromic oxide. It is used in plating other
metals because of its hardness and non-tarnishing properties. In alloys
with other metals it contributes hardness, strength, and heat resistance.
This is quicker to burn through. It takes about 1 to 2 years.

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