It may be the thick of winter, but here in CA, grilling season continues, and I'm looking to buy a new grill. I'm particularly interested in the Hasty-Bake, as it's got a few qualities I want and is charcoal burning. Trouble is, the grate is not cast iron or enameled cast iron, so I'm curious if:
1) anyone has experience with Hasty-Bake grills and can speak to the quality of the stainless steel grate. If it's thick and heavy, I may purchase. If it's too light and won't hold heat, I will likely forgo.
2) anyone can suggest an alternative -- a nice charcoal grill with a cast iron grate.
For the second question, know that I've ruled out those that:
*have cheap/thin metal construction
*are shaped such that the sides slope and thus some of the grilling surface doesn't get direct heat
*are over $1000 (a big budget for a charcoal grill!)
Thanks in advance for some Hound advice.