Blackstone has several different versions and models of grills on the market and specifications often vary from model to model even when the griddles are marked as the same width (28" vs 36"). To ensure compatibility with your grill, please carefully review the product specifications shown in the "Compatibility" info tab or in the photo gallery and compare that with the original griddle that came with your Blackstone.
The original Blackstone griddle is manufactured from 1/8" steel that is 50% thinner than Steelmade Aftermarket Griddles manufactured using 3/16" thick American steel. This huge difference in steel thickness provides more even heating, faster cooking, and greater durability compared to the original Blackstone griddle.
The other 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 3 pieces of 1/8" thick angle iron running the width of the griddle using strong stitch welds compared to the small tack welds offered on the original Blackstone griddle. These small tack welds are often poorly executed during manufacturing and are usually the first thing to break allowing the thin steel of the original Blackstone griddle to warp. Photos of actual Blackstone welds compared to Steelmade welds are shown below:
The 2x thicker steel and stitch welded reinforcements of Steelmade Aftermarket Griddles create added strength that virtually eliminates the warping problem that plagues many Blackstone 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 Griddles 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.