The BBQ plate comes in either mild steel or stainless steel. We recommend the mild steel as it conducts the heat better than stainless steel. Both products will need to be seasoned, similar to a wok, and this will stop any food from sticking to the plate, and will stop the plate from rusting. Even the stainless steel plate will go black and will rust, due to the grade of stainless steel used for this purpose.
If you find your Island Gourmet is not lighting, it may be an issue with the electrode placement.
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