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Old 05-30-2014, 04:51 PM   #1
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How many if you guys use them? Does it change the way your food turns out? I'm kidding, but seriously you guys have any general reason in using them for or what purpose do they serve?
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:20 PM   #2
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I saw them at HD last weekend for the first time. I don't even know what they are supposed to do.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:46 PM   #3
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I figured grip, or something for keeping your deck from catching ablaze, no clue though. The reason I ask is we are buying a house and the guy has like 4 on the deck and I'm debating asking him to leave one or two.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:48 PM   #4
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I keep meaning to get something. Going to redo our deck sometime in the not too distant future. Will definitely get something by then.
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Old 05-30-2014, 05:55 PM   #5
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Are you talking about the grill mats that go down on the deck or the Living social grill mats that go actually on the grill and your food sits on them?

IMHO, NO WAY I'd trust my food on a piece of rubber, plastic etc at any elevated temp... They suggest not to heat food in plastic bowls, rubbermaid etc...now saying even Nalgene HDPE type bottles are bad for water that even sits in the sun... I work in scientific community selling equipment and consumables..We've done a ton of leaching studies with our plastics vs competition and plastics definitely leach if there has been any slip agents, biocides, or plastizers additives used in the manf process.

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Old 05-30-2014, 06:03 PM   #6
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Here's an example of one:

http://frogmats.com/

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They claim to be food safe to 550F. I ended up buying one just because I was curious, and I used it in cooking a pound of bacon on my first cook on my new pellet grill. Not sure it made much difference, and then I had one more thing to clean up.

But I can imagine it being helpful to keep small stuff from slipping between the bars on your rack.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:05 PM   #7
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I have been thinking of getting a grill mat so when I transfer the chimney starter to the UDS, small pieces of lump does not hit the deck and instead hit the mat.
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Old 05-30-2014, 07:39 PM   #8
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If you guys are referring to the mat you actually lay on a deck or concrete patio...I use a mat to keep things clean and tidy.

I use a cabinet smoker, and when you pull the firebox out or the grates out to inspect food, you will get messy and drippings will fall. It's nice to keep the area clean, as you can wash/rinse of the mess and keep your patios clean and decks safe from stains and burns.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:56 PM   #9
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need one for under my pit too!
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:56 PM   #10
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I need a mat or two. The wife always reminds me of the grease spots here and there on the deck.
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Old 05-30-2014, 09:21 PM   #11
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I have 2 under Earl to keep the grease drippings and rust off the concrete patio...
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:25 PM   #12
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I had a mat under my Weber Genesis to protect the trex decking. When I power washed the deck the next year the mold under the mat was the most difficult area to clean. I no longer use the mat.
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Old 05-31-2014, 06:15 AM   #13
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Here's what I've used to keep stains off the concrete. Kinda pricey but pretty durable.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_117446-18889-GP-42-L_0__?productId=1005683&Ntt=grill+mat&pl=1¤tURL=%3 FNtt%3Dgrill%2Bmat&facetInfo=
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