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Old 05-27-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Default Grill materials Aluminium vs. Steel?

I'm sure there's a reason all the heavy-duty pro smoker's and grills are made of steel, but is there a reason more grills/smokers aren't made of heavy guage aluminium?

Strength? Cost? etc...

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Old 05-27-2014, 02:25 PM   #2
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Oxidation of aluminium is nasty.
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Thanks Mklade,

What if it were anodized, powder-coated or painted with high-temp stuff like steel is?
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Aluminium also dissipates heat quickly, that is why it is used as a heat sink in electronic components such as cpu/memory coolers, automobile engine controllers etc...did you ever notice how quickly an aluminium pot or pan cools more quickly than an iron or stainless steel pan? Aluminium also warps easily.
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I read a really interesting article about why aluminum is bad but I can't remember what it was about.
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I would think the cost of an anodized aluminum BBQ would be pretty high, considering what even a small pan costs.
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Standard steel starts to lose strength at around 750 F. Standard aluminum starts loosing strength at about 400F.
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I would think the cost of an anodized aluminum BBQ would be pretty high, considering what even a small pan costs.
From a scrap value perspective, steel is a fraction of the value of aluminum.
0.13 per pound vs 0.70 per pound.
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What about the portable kitchen grill? Isn't it all aluminum?
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If you wouldn't use aluminum for your still don't use it for your grill.
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Would it still be ok to put aluminum pans for a baffle and tuning plates?
im seeing lots of people do that instead of using steel wether they cant weld or cant cut the steel to size.
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