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Old 10-14-2015, 08:43 AM   #1
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Default Blackstone vs. Cast Iron Griddle

Is there really that much of a difference than using a griddle on your gasser outside of more surface area and maybe heat control. Just curious...
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Old 10-14-2015, 09:16 AM   #2
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I don't own a Blackstone. Yes, there are about five of us left! That being said. I do have a large flattop griddle, and given the choice (meaning I don't need the extra room) I like my cast better. There is just something you get from the CI that you that you just don't get from a sheet of steel. IMHO.

Maybe someone with a Magical Blackstone 65000 spaceship can give you a better anwser.

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Old 10-14-2015, 09:47 AM   #3
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I like toys. I like choices. I've been eying a couple vintage cast iron griddles. I enjoy cooking on/with my various cookers. It's all good, whichever you chose

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Old 10-14-2015, 10:21 AM   #5
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I have no need for anything as large as a Blackstone. I really like my Lodge platter griddle though.

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Old 10-14-2015, 11:39 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Smoke on Badger Mountain View Post
I don't own a Blackstone. Yes, there are about five of us left!

There is probably more than you think that don't have a Blackstone, although, I might consider buying one in the future.

Right now, the normal configuration for my Genesis is to put this tray on the left.

And this on the right.

It just about fills up the whole grilling surface. I can cook up quite a variety of foods with this configuration. One of the family favorites is a simple grilled cheese and grilled potato fries. There is just enough space to place 8 slices of bread on the griddle.
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Old 10-14-2015, 12:06 PM   #7
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I own a Blackstone now, and a cast iron griddle, and a Magnalite Pro alloy griddle and a lightweight aluminum non-stick griddle. All have their place and each has it's own advantages and disadvantages, yes, even the lightweight aluminum one.

I do not fully agree that cast iron is always the best option for griddle work, note that Benihana could easily use cast iron, but, they prefer steel. If you cannot justify owning one of each, than a cast iron griddle on a gasser is a great way to go. But, the Blackstone is incredibly well built, the heat controls on the 36" I have are vastly superior to any gasser in the same price range and the steel griddle is very heavy duty.
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Old 10-14-2015, 01:52 PM   #8
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I have a Blackstone, cast iron and another little lightweight griddle I use on my charcoal cooker when camping.
All have their advantages.
I love the even heat and space on the Blackstone and the fact that it's already set up and ready to go, just light the fire and start cooking. It's convenient.

Can't beat cast iron. I use my cast iron skillets more than I do the cast iron griddle. Just a matter of space. When I griddle I seem to go small (skillet) or big (Blackstone). Not many in between sized meals for me I guess. Also, I don't use my gas grills often. Guess I need to leave my CI griddle set up on one, maybe I'd use both more often.

The other small griddle is perfect for my camp trips. It's light weight.

Out of the three, for griddle cooks, I like the Blackstone best.
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Just got the blackstone so I've not had time to do much on it but what I have done makes me glad I got it.

My wife got up this morning and cooked pancakes for the kids on the $20.00 electric griddle. It was fast, quick cleanup and the kids loved it!

She's also very excited about the blackstone griddle because we have a large family that comes over allot so she sees how this will bless us in the future. We also do trips every year with lots of motorcycle family, one of the first things she asked, can we take that with us. I've already ordered the carrying case.
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