Published July 1, 2007.
Is a grill grate lifter a viable alternative to using a mitt?
Replenishing coals is a must for many slow-cooked barbecue recipes, but dealing with a blazing-hot grill can be a dicey task. Searching for an alternative to grasping the grate with a mitt, we tested a product designed specifically to lift the grate easily and safely. It looks like a skillet handle and measures just under 10 inches from polypropylene grip to stainless steel tip. Its curved, notched prongs securely hooked under the bars of the grate and steadily held its weight (it can support up to five pounds) as we poured more coals into the kettle. It also works indoors as an oven rack puller.