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General Arteflame Information

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Arteflame uses a special manufacturing process for manufacturing all grill and insert cooktops.  We use precision laser cutting machines to ensure an accurate and precise fit and finish, we eliminate material imperfections and have smooth edges so no food particles can lodge and hide... (yuck!).  This method is expensive but it ensures the quality we strive for and you expect.

We descale and oil all our cooktops so they are guaranteed scale free and ready for seasoning and cooking.  This manufacturing process guarantees the absolute highest quality products that last a lifetime.  Arteflame is proud to be unique in having developed this process.  We do not use cast iron as it cracks or breaks easily when dropped.  We do not use porcelain covered steel as porcelain contains lead (!).  We also do not use any chrome plated grates as chrome plating contains Cadmium (very carcinogenic).  None of these things are good for us so we make everything out of good, honest, all American steel.  It might be a bit more difficult but it is our way of looking after the "Arteflame Family".  We are dedicated to using the best materials available for products that last a lifetime.

Why use carbon steel cooktops rather than cast iron?  What is the difference and why is carbon steel any better?

Carbon Steel and Cast Iron are very similar.  This is why both are very good for cooking and grilling.  The main difference is that carbon steel contains about 1% carbon while cast iron contains 2% - 3% carbon.  This difference might not sound like much but the carbon effects the grain structure of the metal.  As the carbon gets added to the steel mix, carbon has a tendency to clump together into lumpy carbides and form pockets of pure carbon (graphite).  When this happens, the metal becomes very hard and very brittle.  It disrupts the grain of the metal, making it irregular, brittle and prone to cracking.  This is the reason why cast iron often cracks or breaks.  When cast iron is heated unevenly, the heat differential causes stress in the metal.  When this stress encounters a pocket of carbon, cast iron cracks.  This is also why cast iron often breaks when it is dropped.  The area of high carbon is extremely brittle and can’t stand the shock.

Because carbon steel is poured from a hot liquid and subsequently rolled while extremely hot into flat sheets, the steel is completely uniform.  This makes the grain structure in carbon steel virtually impervious to heat stress or shock.  After rolling the steel and getting it to the right thickness, the steel is “doused” with cold water which causes the grain structure to freeze in place.  This makes carbon steel very strong and the choice material to cook on.  Even with uneven heat loads or when dropping carbon steel on concrete, it will not break or crack.  This allows for a lifetime of use.

The larger the surface area and the thinner the material, the more prone cast iron is to cracking and breaking.  In a grill, the heat is never uniform.  This makes cast Iron an especially poor choice for grill inserts.  For this reason, all Arteflame cooktops, inserts, griddles and burger pucks are all made of 100% carbon steel.

Since the diameter of the flattop griddle is limited by the grill size, the only way to change the mass of the flattop is by changing the thickness. The flattop cooktop griddle should be sufficiently heavy so it does not cool off significantly when putting refrigerated food on it.  You want the food to sizzle when you put it on the flattop griddle and ideally, you want all the food to sizzle in the same way when adding it.  It’s no good if the first burger sizzles but by the time you add the 4th one, the cooktop has cooled down!  Without going into the math, a 20” cooktop should be 1/4” or thicker, a 30” should be 3/8” ad a 40” should be 1/2” or more.  This will ensure that all your food grills properly and there is enough heat in the cooktop.

To start a fire, we suggest using a chimney starter or a Bison Airlighter with charcoal.  Another way of lighting your Arteflame is by using Lighter Cubes or  Matchlight charcoal.  Lighter cubes and charcoal may be found at stores like Home Depot or any local grocery, hardware or garden supply store.  After the charcoal is lit, stack dry firewood in a log cabin or teepee style over the starter fire.  Using these methods, the cook top will be hot enough to cook on within 30 minutes.  For faster heat build up, use more charcoal and wood but do not over fill the Arteflame as it will diminish the airflow and cause smoke.

The best wood to use for cooking on your Arteflame are hardwoods like oak, mesquite, cherry, apple, hickory, maple, ash, peach, pear, pecan or plum.  Soft woods like spruce, pine or fir, should not be used as they can contain large amounts of sap.  

Never use wood from furniture, shipping pallets or any other materials (e.g. manufacturers fire logs) that can contain chemicals, veneer or paint. 

When using your Arteflame for the first time, build a fire and rub the surface with the Arteflame Seasoning Puck.  This will start the season process of the cooktop.  The special formula bonds with the carbon steel cooktop as it heats up and cools down.  Keep the fire burning hot for at least one hour before placing any food on the cook top. The operating temperature of the cook top depends on the amount of wood or lump charcoal used.  

As a guideline, expect the inner edge of the cook top to reach 425F and the outer edge 250F.  425F is about the ideal temperature to sear steaks while 250F is perfect for vegetables.  The differences in temperature are ideal for cooking a wide variety of foods simultaneously.

Any food grade cooking oil can be used. Keep in mind though that future guests may have nut allergies so for that reason we do not recommend using peanut oil.  For proper seasoning of the cooktop, we recommend using one of our seasoning pucks because these are especially formulated to make seasoning quick and easy. (seasoning puck).  When not in use, we recommend a light oil coating on the cooktop (like grapeseed oil) to keep it properly seasoned and avoid oxidation from forming.  

Seasoning your cooktop is key to making it non-stick and to keep rust away.  The easiest way to season the cooktop is by using the Arteflame seasoning puck.  Alternatively, you can use cooking oil.  We find grapeseed oil works great as it coats the steel cooktop well.  For detailed instructions, follow the instructions in the seasoning manual.

Seasoning Manual

 

If rust does form on your cooktop, it is an indication that the seasoning has come off and there is no oil barrier.  In most cases, you can just heat up your cooktop to grilling temperature, scrape off all loose rust, then wipe the cooktop using a rag and some cooking oil (we recommend grapeseed oil) until all the rust is gone.  This should just take a minute or two.  Now you are ready to re-season your cooktop.  Since the cooktop is made of solid carbon steel, all rust is just surface rust.  Using a steel brush, brillo pads or sanding away any rust is seldom necessary but can be done in extreme cases.

To re-season your Arteflame, follow the same process as you did to get it seasoned.

 

Arteflame Grills

Find Out More About Arteflame Grills

The Arteflame was designed to solve two issues; -1- traditional grills are unsightly and -2- they are never the center of any outdoor get together. Ever wondered why so many parties end up in your kitchen?  That is exactly what happens around an Arteflame.  It becomes the center of the outdoor party.  People love seeing the fire and get mesmerized by the sight and smell of delicious food.  Better get some extra utensils as everyone has a tendency to want to join in and start grilling as well.  

Arteflame grills are also designed to be absolutely gorgeous.  They are designed to be the centerpiece in any back yard.  All Arteflame grills double as fire pits giving them another unique function traditional grills just don't have.

"Let our Masterpiece be your Centerpiece"

Here are some tips to help you get started with your new Arteflame.

Every Arteflame is shipped via UPS freight and delivered by truck that has a lowering tailgate.  In most cases, the delivery truck driver will put your Arteflame where you want it and help unpack.  (A tip usually helps with this!)  They usually take away the packaging and the pallet for you as well.

Before first use you need to "season" the cooktop. The Arteflame Seasoning Puck has been especially formulated to make this quick and easy.  (See YouTube Video)  Alternatively, you can wipe the cooktop using a rag and a light coat of grapeseed oil.  The cooktop should be cared for as you would a cast iron skillet; avoiding harsh cleaners or scrubbing. A properly seasoned cooktop will develop a deep black finish that’s virtually maintenance free.

Cooking oils bake into the cooktop developing a water repellant and stick-free surface. Oxidation on the cook top, should any occur, can be removed with a Brillo pad, steel wool or fine sand paper.  We recommend lightly coating the cooktop with grapeseed oil when not in use.

Every Arteflame is designed with CORTEN steel otherwise known as "weathering steel" that develops a natural patina over time.  We start the weathering process at the factory and it will continue to developed after it arrives.  We use US CORTEN steel specifically because of the maintenance free beautiful patina it develops. This natural patina changes with the weather and moisture in the atmosphere and provides an attractive, ever changing look.  CORTEN steel is the same type of steel often used in high-end outdoor sculptures and architectural installations.​

As every Arteflame is manufactured from CORTEN steel, they can be quite heavy.  We recommend using two people to assemble, disassemble or move your Arteflame.

Only place the Arteflame on a non flammable surface as hot embers can fall through the drain hole(s) in the bottom.

Make sure the Arteflame is always a safe distance away from any flammable or heat-sensitive object. Note that lightly colored surfaces, such as sand stone, might be subject to stains caused by heat, cooking and rainwater run-off.  Periodically move the Arteflame to check and remove any ashes or unburnt wood pieces that can accumulate in the base.

After assembly, make sure the Arteflame is level by adjusting the leveling feet and using a level on the cooktop. The Classic / Euro Arteflame can also be leveled by moving the fire bowl on the base.  For leveling the cooktop we recommend any of the free smartphone bubble level apps available from the app store or a traditional carpenter level.  Keep in mind while leveling the cooktop that the surface has about a 6 degree incline – therefore to ensure the entire surface is level either use a carpenter’s level long enough to extend across the entire Arteflame surface or placing your cellphone with bubble level in the center of the grill grate. Make sure your Arteflame is level before use and check the level every few months or after the Arteflame is moved or jostled.  Having the cooktop level ensures that all the juices drain to the center and into the fire.​​

ARTEFLAME MANUAL

Seasoning the cooktop is key to making it completely non-stick and to keep rust away.  The easiest way to season the cooktop is by using the Arteflame Seasoning Puck.  Alternatively, you c an use cooking oil.  See recommend grapeseed oil.  For detailed instructions, follow the instructions in the seasoning manual.

Seasoning Manual

 

Cleaning out your Arteflame is super quick and easy.  Just remove the center gril grate and scoop out the cold burnt ashes.  Leave all unburnt fuel for next time!  No sense in wasting it.  The cold ashes can be thrown away or spread around your yard, some flowering plants love them as fertilizer.  Here is a quick video on how to clean out your Arteflame grill.

 

After using your Arteflame, either extinguish the fire or supervise it until the wood or charcoal is burned out.  Water or ice cubes can be used to extinguish the fire but BEWARE of excessive smoke, ash and steam when doing so.  The Arteflame will be very hot while the fire is burning itself out and can remain hot for hours.

Once your Arteflame has cooled down and the fire is out, it can be cleaned.  Simply scoop out the ashes and dispose of them.  A plastic cup and garbage bag make this quick and easy.  Make sure all ashes and unburned wood pieces are completely cold.  Leave any unburnt wood or charcoal in your Arteflame for future use.

While grilling on the Arteflame it is best to use a griddle scraper with a straight edge to push excess oils and food into the fire.  After you are done grilling on the Arteflame, it is a good practice to wipe the cook top down with grapeseed oil while it is hot.  The hot oil will absorb into the pores of the steel as the steel cools, “seasoning” the cook top.  Seasoning protects your cook top from oxidation and prepares your Arteflame for its next use.  Regular use prevents oxidation from forming.  The Arteflame Seasoning Puck will also help you keep your cooktop properly seasoned.

Depending on how much coal / wood you use, you will be ready to cook in 20-30 minutes.  The easiest way to light your Arteflame is by using the Arteflame Airlighter.  Light a mound of charcoal in the center of the Arteflame and add wood when the charcoal is hot.

Once the cooktop is seasoned properly, oiled and cleaned after each use, you do not need to cover it.  The Arteflame is intended to stay outside year round.  We do sell optional stainless lids for the center of the grills as well as vinyl covers.  The stainless lids avoid debris from entering the grill and smothers the fire when you're done grilling.  The vinyl cover will keep your cooktop rust free for longer periods of time.

For the Arteflame Fire Pits, we make a Corten Steel cover that covers the entire fire pit.  Instaling this covers will smother the fire and seals the entire top off so no fire or sparks escape.

We recommend the placement of tiles or a grill mat under your Arteflame should you decide to place it on a wood / Tyvek deck or any other flammable surface. While Arteflame grills do not radiate enough heat to pose any direct issue for flammable surfaces, it is absolutely recommended to have a barrier between the Arteflame and any flamable surface.  Safety first!!!

Should you choose, you may put sand or stones in the bottom of your Arteflame to catch any loose embers. The low bases ARE NOT recommended for wooden or manufactured decks as they also function as fire pits and the fire bowl will transfer heat to the deck. We recommend using stone / concrete tiles or a grill mat underneath any Arteflame grill as a safety precaution.  The radiant heat will deteriorate your deck over time.

Every Arteflame is designed so that the corten steel never touches the surface it sits on.  Euro grills come with a stainless steel footer and all other Arteflame grills come with screw in feet that lift the grill off the ground.  This avoids stains and also allows air to flow into the grill from the bottom.

Every Arteflame cooktop is slightly dished so that all excess grease finds its way to the center of the grill where it burns off.

It is not necessary to store your Arteflame indoors.  Your Arteflame can be left outside year round.  When left outside, make sure the cooktop is properly seasoned or has a coating of grapeseed oil to avoid oxidation.  Debris like leaves, twigs or snow can accumulate in it so make sure to clean out your Arteflame before using it.  To avoid debris from getting into your Arteflame, we manufacture optional stainless steel lids and vinyl covers.  If you plan on using your Arteflame in the winter, covering it with our stainless steel or vinyl cover will prevent it filling up with snow.

When the Arteflame is not being used for longer periods of time and surface oxidation does occur, it can easily be removed with a Brillo pad, steel wool or sand paper, leaving the cook top like new again.  The best way to avoid oxidation is using your Arteflame regularly!

Periodically check for debris inside your grill to ensure the drain holes are open and the cooking surface is still level.

Every Arteflame grill is made from Corten steel or "weathering" steel.  This steel is expensive but exceptionally tough and weather resistant.  It is especially formulated to be outside and has a natural, beautiful patina that is permanent.  There simply is no other steel like it.  Watch how the fire bowl is spun from a sinngle peace of Corten steel.  This completely seamless and absolutely gorgeous.

All Arteflame cooktops, inserts and grill grates are made of carbon steel.  This has proven to be the absolute best material to cook on.  It doesn't break or crack like cast iron, it is not harmful to the human body like Aluminum and does not contain Cadmium like chrome plated steel grates do.  It does not have lead as porcelain coated steel does either.  This makes Carbon Steel the absolute best cooking solution.

 

Arteflame grills use wood and charcoal for fuel. Use hardwoods such as hickory, oak, maple, and fruit woods such as peach, cherry and apple. Hardwoods have an aromatic air and can be varied to add different flavors to your cooking.  Lump charcoal, smoker pellets or charcoal briquettes are also good to use.  Soft woods such as pine are to be avoided as the sap contained in soft woods is prone to smoking and spitting embers. Likewise, never use manufactured logs as they contain wax and fillers that can be harmful - especially if used for cooking.

Black Label Grills

Learn more about the Arteflame Black Label line of grills.

Receiving Your Black Label Grill

 

1 Black label Grills are painted and can easily scratch if not handled carefully

2 When receiving the grill, take extra care opening the package so the grill is not scratched

3 Have an 8’ 2x4 ready with at least 2 able bodied people to move and install the grill using the included lifting tool

4 Take extra care assembling the grill to avoid paint chips or scratches

5 Level the base of the grill before adding the cooktop

6 If scratches or chips do occur, no worries, we have included some touch up paint for just this eventuality

7 Enjoy your new Arteflame Black Label Grill!

 

Black Label Grill Care Instructions

 

Congratulations on your Black Label Grill purchase!  These are the first painted Arteflame grills.  Our regular Arteflame grills have no coating and develop their patina naturally.  Black Label Grills will require some special attention to protect the beauty of these grills.  Here are some tips and instructions designed for you to prepare for installing and using your new Black Label Arteflame Grill.

Before you receive your new Black Label Grill:

All Arteflame grills are extremely heavy duty as they are made from heavy steel.  Once the delivery company drops off your grill at your driveway, you are going to need a couple of strong and able bodies to help with the unpacking and installation.  Because these Black Label Grills are painted, it is critical that you have enough strong people to avoid dragging or bumping these heavy, painted metal parts and damaging the paint.  The grills essentially need to be considered “fragile” with respect to the paint job.  Just like you can get scratches on an automobile, you want to avoid scratches as much as possible.  Make sure you have a plan in place on who is going to assist you with installation as well as knowing where you are going to setup your new grill.  Some of the components weigh approximately 160 pounds and will require 2 able people to move around.  We’ve included lifting tools to assist you in the moving of the heaviest components.  Also, in case you do get some scratches during installation, we’ve included some touch up paint with a little brush inside the cap to help you fix them.  There are steel bands used to secure your grill on the shipping pallet and your need access to a band cutter or sheet metal snips, etc. to cut the bands.  You will also need a standard 2x4 piece of wood 8 ft long for installation.  One last thing to know before installation is that it is recommended that you have access to a 48” carpenters’ level handy to make final leveling adjustments to your grill.  Your cooking grill needs to be as level as possible, so the cooking juices and oils slide into the middle of the grill instead of running over the edges of the grill.

Installing your new Black Label Grill:

When you unpack the grill, be careful not to cut through the plastic and cardboard with your knife as it can scratch the paint of your grill.  Once you’ve uncovered the grill, you will see either a box of accessories you’ve ordered on top or you will see either the round base or the European style base on top.  Carefully remove these components and take care not to drag or bump them metal on metal.  Again, treat each component as being “fragile” during installation.  Take the round base or the Euro base components to the installation site in your yard.  The round base includes leveling feet to allow finding a level and stable foundation before you install the rest of the grill.  The Euro base needs to be carefully erected as the parts slide into each other (see installation manual).  Take extra care when assembling the Euro base so you don’t scratch the paint.  Once your base is in place you are ready to move and install the rest of your grill.  Inside the center hole of our cooktop is a special lifting tool that you will need to move the heaviest piece of your grill, which is the cooktop.  Remove that tool and take your 2x4 piece of lumber and then with 2 able people use the 2x4 and lifting tool (with the 2x4 slid into it and the lifting tool locked inside the center hole) to lift up the cooktop and then set it down nearby.  You’ve now got a sense for how heavy the cooktop is for future reference as you will need to eventually move it to your grill installation site.  Underneath the cooktop are the accessories if you’ve order them.  Go ahead and remove them now.  Locate the black piece of silicone rubber inside.  You will soon install this rubber piece on the base to help protect the bowl from being scratched.  While you have the top off, you can see the fire base in the center of the bowl.  Lift it up and see how it is installed on 3 brackets.  You can leave the fire base in place while you move the bowl or you can remove it and lighten up the load a bit.  Now you are ready to lift the bowl and take it to the grill site.  With 2 people and being careful not to drag or bump the bowl against anything, place your hands along the inside of the round ring at the top of the bowl.  Take the bowl to the grill site and carefully put it down where it won’t be scratched (maybe on a piece of foam or a piece of cardboard from the shipping pallet).  Take the piece of silicone rubber and press it onto either the top edge of the round base or the inside circular hole on the Euro base.  Once the rubber is in place, you are ready to carefully place the bowl on top of the base you ordered.  The rubber piece is included so the metal bowl does not get scratched as it is installed and sits on top of the base.  Lift the bowl and carefully place it on the base as level as you can.  Take the 48” carpenters’ level and place it across the top of the bowl and see how close you are to level.  As you pick up the bowl to level it, be careful to lift it up first before adjusting so you don’t accidentally remove the rubber ring and potentially scratch the paint on the bowl.  With 2 people lifting straight up, moving in the air, and then putting it back down to re-check for level.  This may take several attempts but getting the bowl level now is worth it instead of trying to level it once you place the heavy cooktop on top of the bowl.  Once you are happy with the bowl being sufficiently level positioned on the base, you are ready to install the cooktop.  Using the 2x4 and the lifting tool, move the cooktop from the driveway to near your grill site and place it carefully on the ground.  Depending on how far this walk is, be careful not to drop it and feel free to rest as many times as necessary.  This is heavy work and doesn’t need to be rushed.  Once the lifting team is ready and rested for the final cooktop placement, lift up the cooktop and carefully set it down in the middle of the bowl.  There are 3 half rings welded under the cooktop.  These will keep the cooktop from being completely flat on the ground (to aid in lifting) as well as self-centering the cooktop inside the top ring of the bowl.  Be careful to center the cooktop while using the lifting tool and 2x4.  Don’t attempt to use your hands or fingers to push the cooktop into place as your hands or fingers can get pinched under the weight of the cooktop.  Take your time and be careful.  With the cooktop in position, the hard part is over.  Celebrate with a cold beverage.

Touch up paint:

There is a small bottle of high temperature paint with a brush inside the cap included with your grill.  It is also possible that during shipping a scratch occurred.  That is what the touch up paint is for.  If there is a scratch, it is advisable to paint it quickly before the exposed steel can begin to rust.  Keep the paint inside your house so that it will last as long as possible.  If you have a scratch that has started to rust, carefully sand the scratch to remove the rust before applying the paint.  Always use the touch up paint when the grill is cold and let it completely dry before using the grill again.

Grease on the paint:

In the event grease goes over the side of the grill and gets on the paint, carefully wipe it off the with a cloth rag as quickly as possible so the grease does not bake on.  Do not to rub too hard or use an abrasive device as it is possible that you can leave a mark on the paint or even scratch it off.  Paper towels can also be used but be careful not to rub too hard.  If you allow some grease or oil to stay on the grill and bake on, you can use an oven cleaner as directed and try to remove the marks.  Just like with an oven, it is possible to bake on some stains that won’t be able to be removed without affecting the paint.  If the paint has been scratched or removed in an area due to aggressive cleaning efforts, you can use the touch up paint.  Again, we recommend leveling the grill properly so that nearly all of the grease and oils run into the center opening of the cooktop.  If you accidentally allow some grease to drip over the edge, be prepared for it and wipe it off as soon as you reasonably can.  With just a bit of extra care, your grill will look great for years to come.

Grill Grate Replacement Grill / Griddle Inserts

Find Out More About Arteflame Inserts For Your Weber, Green Egg, Kamado or Gas Grill.

The 18" and 24" Big Green Egg Inserts come with 3 lifters.  These lifters clip onto the outside edge of the Green Egg Insert so it sits up higher and you don't have to reach into the Green Egg to grill.  Clip them onto the outside edge of the Insert, ecvenly spaced, and make sure they sit in the lower point of the ceramic in the Green Egg.  The Insert surface now is just below ther top of your Green Egg!

Every grill manufacturer makes their grill slightly different so the best way to get the perfect insert is by measuring the grill grate that came with your grill.  Then match that to the right size insert on our website.  Since weber / kettle style inserts typically are different sizes than Green Egg / Kamado grills, we have split them up for you so they can easily be matched.

For rectangular inserts, you can either replace one of your grates or you can simply use the insert on top of your existing grates for extra versatility.  This way the insert can be moved around the grill easily. 

The burger pucks are most versatile of all and can be used on any barbecue.

There are many foods that simply can not be grilled on a grill with grill grates (eggs?!).  Even grilling a hamburger is not ideal on grill grates as all the juices and sauce drip out and into the fire which causes a rancid smoke and the flare ups burn the burgers.  This typically results in dry burgers.  The beauty of a griddle is that the fire never touches the food and all the food sizzles to perfection in its own juices.  The flat top griddle is also much more versatile as it can grill everything you can think of.  Breakfast with eggs, bacon and hash browns?  Coming right up!  Juicy stakes?  Easy!  Whatever you can think of, the flat top griddle will grill it to perfection.

The Arteflame insert replaces your stock grill grate with a combination grill and griddle. Inserts are perfect for grilling seafood, steaks, burgers, veggies and more.  The griddle eliminates the slots through which the falls and looses all its juiciness.  Perfect for getting that delicious smokey flavor without the burn.

Arteflame eliminates material imperfections and smoothes all steel edges so no food particles can lodge and hide... (yuck!). This method is more expensive than processes used overseas but it ensures all products are scale free, ready for cooking and guaranteed to be food grade. Does not contain lead like porcelain coated grill grates and griddles, will not break or crack when dropped like cast iron, does not contain Cadmium like plated grill grates do. The steel is extra thick and will last a lifetime.  Makes for the perfect grill accessory gift for the griller in your life!

All Arteflame cooktops, inserts and grill grates are made of carbon steel.  This has proven to be the absolute best material to cook on.  It doesn't break or crack like cast iron, it is not harmful to the human body like Aluminum and does not contain Cadmium like chrome plated steel grates do.  It does not have lead as porcelain coated steel does either.  This makes Carbon Steel the absolute best cooking solution.