Your BBQ grill should have a grate that you use as your cooking surface. If your existing grate is worn out or if you don't have one for some reason, then you might not think your grill is usable. However, you can purchase a grate for it and put it to use right away, as long as it's otherwise in good condition. You can purchase pre-made grates, or you can order a custom grate. The latter option might be the best one for you if any of these things are true.
You Can't Find One From the Manufacturer
You might not be able to order a custom grate from your BBQ grill manufacturer. They might not offer replacement grates, their grates might be out of stock, or they might not have grates for your specific model, type and size of grill. If any of these things are true, you should know that ordering straight from the manufacturer is not your only option. Instead, you can order a custom grate.
You've Made Your Own Grill
Many people choose to make their own grill or grilling pit, and you might have decided to do this, too. The only problem is that it can sometimes be hard to find accessories and replacement parts when you make your own grill. You don't have to worry about not being able to find a grate that will work well, however, since you can simply order a custom grate that will fit your homemade grill.
You Have Specific Needs
You might be able to find a replacement grate from the manufacturer that made your grill, but you might not want to purchase the replacement options that are available. There could be different reasons for this; you might prefer a certain style of grate so that you can get the grill marks that you want on the food that you cook, or you like cooking smaller foods — like shrimp — and want to purchase a grate that has smaller gaps. If you are going to be using your grill to prepare big, heavy slabs of meat, then you might be looking for a sturdier grate. If your last grill grate did not last very long, then you might want something that is a bit more well-made than what is offered by your manufacturer. You might have simply found that the grill grates that are sold from your grill manufacturer are overpriced, and you could be wondering if there is a more affordable option out there. In all of these cases, ordering a custom grate is a good idea.