I got this grill but as you can see it’s rusty. My question is if I put grill on top, is it safe to cook chicken on it? enter image description here

  • This is the same grill you bought new 3 weeks ago?
    – The Photon
    Jun 2, 2023 at 15:59
  • Is that where the coals will go?
    – moscafj
    Jun 2, 2023 at 16:14
  • @moscafj yes it is. The corners r where the grill with rest.
    – localhost
    Jun 2, 2023 at 16:40
  • as long as the grill is clean...see the answer by @FuzzyChef
    – moscafj
    Jun 2, 2023 at 19:10

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If the food is not touching the rusty metal, then there is no health concern. Particularly not when the rusted metal itself is being heated to over 200C.

There may be a safety concern with using the grill, though; rusted galvanized sheet steel is not going to be strong or reliable, and the grill may fall apart, scattering hot coals. So you only want to use it on top of a fireproof surface.

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    I hope it's not galvanised. Zinc fumes aren't good, and anyway the zinc would melt in contact with hot coals (melting point 420°C, glowing coals over 600). Stainless can rust at high enough temperatures, and obviously mild steel rusts too
    – Chris H
    Jun 3, 2023 at 7:27
  • It is galvanized. He posted more pics on an earlier question. I'm pretty sure all the zinc has burned off by now, given.
    – FuzzyChef
    Jun 3, 2023 at 16:35
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    Well, this question is effectively "is it safe to cook over this hot metal thing?", and zinc would be a reason to say "no". After all, cooking safety isn't just food safety (don't burn or cut yourself). I reckon most of the zinc has gone, but the grey on the top edge is probably still galvanised, and there may be some that melted and ran down.
    – Chris H
    Jun 3, 2023 at 16:51
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    And regarding your last point, it's even worse than you say. Assuming the legs hold perfectly, dry vegetation could easily touch the bottom and catch fire; even the radiant heat would damage a lot of things underneath, or ignite a few (imagine putting it on plastic table!) I have a briefcase style portable one which is a bit wobbly but OK with careful placement. Despite 3-4x longer legs, it has the same problem
    – Chris H
    Jun 3, 2023 at 17:04
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    @FuzzyChef Respectfully, the experiences you mentioned do not qualify one to make safety recommendations to others. You're not a properly trained welder or expert. You're just a hobbyist when it comes to galvanized steel. You mention that "there's simply not enough vapor to give you a faceful". Given that the vapor is largely odorless, it's clear that you are way out of your league in answering this question. I have formal welding training & years of experience, but I don't even consider myself qualified to answer it, except to say I wouldn't let my family eat anything cooked over that thing. Oct 8, 2023 at 8:55

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