The original Camp Chef griddle is manufactured from 4.5mm (how metal is measured in China) that is roughly 6% thinner than Steelmade Aftermarket Griddles manufactured using 3/16" thick American steel. The true difference lies in the quality of the metal used. American steel is subjected to rigorous testing and safety standards to certify the ingredients used to make it whereas Chinese metal is not subjected to any testing or certification standards. This lack of testing creates huge variability in the quality and performance of imported steel products. Since Steelmade Cookware uses only American Steel you can be assured you're getting the best possible product.
Steelmade Aftermarket Griddles are reinforced on the bottom side using 2 pieces of 1/8" thick angle iron running the width of the griddle using strong stitch welds compared to no reinforcement offered on the original Camp Chef griddle. This added strength virtually eliminates the warping problem that plagues many Camp Chef users.
Steelmade Cookware is part of a small minority of cookware brands that exclusively use American Steel and labor to manufacture their products. American Steel costs more than foreign steel because it is subjected to rigorous testing and safety standards to certify the ingredients used to make it. China produces nearly 50% of the world’s steel supply but is not subject to any testing requirements. Chinese steel is so much cheaper because it is simply an inferior product that sometimes includes ingredients that may make it more affordable to produce but dangerous to prepare food on.
All Steelmade Flat Tops are media blasted to bare metal with a smooth, lightly textured finish similar to cast iron and shipped with a coating of food safe mineral oil to protect from corrosion. Customers complete the seasoning process in a few easy steps by heating the griddle to medium heat and applying their choice of oil depending on their preference and dietary needs. Common choices of oil included canola, avocado, flaxseed, or just common vegetable oil. The seasoning process provides a naturally non-stick coating that makes cooking and cleaning simple and easy while also protecting the steel from rust.