Arteflame Grills - FAQ

What is my Arteflame made of?

Every Arteflame Grill is made from CORTEN steel giving each Arteflame a beautiful, unique color. This patina acts as a natural protectant ensuring your Arteflame will last a lifetime. The cook top is a special commercial grade carbon steel.

Does it use propane or wood for fuel?

Arteflames use wood and charcoal for fuel. Use hardwoods only such as hickory, oak, maple, and fruit woods such as peach, cherry and apple. Hardwoods add an aromatic air to your entertaining and can be varied to impart different flavors to your cooking. Soft woods such as pine are to be avoided as the sap contained in soft woods is prone to spitting embers and leaving a sappy mess in your fire bowl. Likewise, never use manufactured logs available at most grocery stores.The wax and fillers used in manufactured logs are harmful - especially if used for cooking. Lump charcoal, smoker pellets and charcoal briquettes are also good to use.

How long does it take to heat up?

Depending on how much coal / wood you use, you will be ready to cook in 20-30 minutes.

How much does it weigh?

The Classic 40 Arteflame cooktop with bowl weighs 225lbs and the base weighs 60lbs for a total weight of 335 lbs. The One Series 40 weighs 345lbs, the One30 weighs 155lbs and the One20 weighs 65lbs.

Does it need a cover?

Once the cooktop is seasoned properly, oiled and cleaned after each use, you do not need to cover it as it is intended to stay outside year round. For the Classic 40 and the One40, we do sell a lid for the center as well as a vinyl cover.

Is it safe for wood decks?

The tall base Euro base or the round base of the Classic 40 does not get hot enough to pose any issue on wooden decks. The tall round base has a removable ash catcher in the bottom of the base so that any ashes are caught and do not contact your deck. However, we do recommend placement of tiles or a grill mat under your Arteflame should you decide to locate it on a wood, Tyvek deck or any other flammable surface. Should you choose, you may also put sand or stones in the bottom to catch any loose embers. The low bases ARE NOT recommended for wooden or manufactured decks. We recommend using tiles or a grill mat underneath any of the One Series Arteflame grills as a safety precaution as well.

Will it drip rust onto my nice patio?

No but it may leave a ring of rust if the base of your Arteflame is touching the surface. To ensure this doesn't happen, the Classic Euro grills come with a stainless steel footer that will not cause a stain, all other Arteflame grills come with screw in feet on the bottom so that the grill never touches your hard surface. Any surface rust is removable with vinegar or lemon juice or any commercial rust remover. This typically only happens when your Arteflame is new. The longer the patina "weathers" the less likely this will happen. The easiest way to avoid it all together is by using the screw in feet that are supplied with your Arteflame.

What cooking oils do you use?

Any food safe cooking oil may be used but we recommend olive or avocado oil (canola or coconut oil work too). Keep in mind that future guests may have nut allergies so for that reason we do not recommend using peanut oil.  When not in use, we recommend a light coating of linseed or flaxseed oil for the cooktop.

Will grease drain onto my patio?

Due to the slight dished slope of the Arteflame cooktop, grease will run into the fire and burn off. Every Arteflame cooktop is slightly dished so all excess grease finds its way into the center, not the outside.  For this to work properly, it is important to level your Arteflame.

Do I need to store it inside during the winter?
No, the Arteflame is designed to stay outside year-round. If you do not plan on using it for long periods of time, we recommend applying food grade flaxseed or linseed oil to the cooktop to minimize oxidization. We have found these to be most effective. 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. If after long periods of not being used you do see surface oxidization on the cooktop, make a fire in the Arteflame and get it up to temperature. Then scrape all surface oxidization off the cooktop and rub it down with cooking oil. This will clean and re-season the cooktop.