Griddling is a great way to cook up everything from breakfast goodies to evening appetizers and main dishes. Blackstone griddles are among the most popular griddles on the market.
Although well-rated by the users, there may come a time when you have to replace the top of your griddle either because of wear and tear or if you just want an upgrade. Can you actually replace the griddle top?
The answer is yes!
Blackstone does offer some replacement tops directly from their website and others may be available for order upon request. The rise in popularity of these griddles means that there are now many third-party solutions available as well. Some of them are even better than the original.
So let’s dive in and take a look at what you need to know about replacing your Blackstone griddle top.
Table of Contents
- Why Would You Want to Replace the Top on a Blackstone Griddle?
- Buying an Original Replacement Top
- Buying a Third-Party Griddle Top
- Can You Remove the Griddle Top from a Blackstone Griddle?
- Final Words
Why Would You Want to Replace the Top on a Blackstone Griddle?
Multiple reasons could prompt the need for a replacement top. The most common reason is damage or wear and tear ut others such as wanting an upgrade or wanting to switch to another material can also be motives. Whatever your reason, you should know that the process is relatively easy.
Damaged griddle top
Although the top of the propane griddles is made of steel, there may come a time when it gets damaged. Improper storage, harsh handling, or construction defects can all cause damage to the top of the griddle.
One of the most frequent motivations to replace a griddle top is warping, which can be caused by exposure to extreme temperature changes and by welding failure. Of course, if you are still in the warranty period, it may be possible to get a replacement top for free.
Other reasons may include the griddle top being rusty but that is something that can be easily fixed if it’s not corroded all the way through.
Switching to a different material
Wanting a different material for your griddle is also a valid motive. It can be that you want to switch from cold-rolled steel to stainless steel to avoid problems with rusting. Although rusting can be easily prevented by seasoning the griddle properly and by storing it out of the element’s reach.
Although generally well-rated, there are even better griddle tops than those by Blackstone on the market. What makes them better? Well, for starters, they can be thicker. Thicker griddle tops retain heat better and offer a more even temperature across the surface.
Buying an Original Replacement Top
If you want to stay true to Blackstone and get an original replacement top, you can go directly to the official website – https://blackstoneproducts.com and check whether they have what you need.
If not directly available for purchase, you can always contact customer support and they should be able to help you out. If you’ve got an old version of one of their griddles, it may be impossible to find a replacement top, due to being out of production.
Before you contact customer support, you should take note of the model number of your griddle. The number can be found on a silver sticker somewhere on the unit. Or if you’ve not already thrown it away, it’s also in the manual.
You can contact the support either through a support ticket or you can just call them.
Buying a Third-Party Griddle Top
There is a variety of third-party griddle tops that are compatible with Blackstone griddles.
They come in a variety of sizes, materials, and styles and you can find most of them online in stores such as Amazon.
Some of the popular replacements are the stainless steel griddle tops by Stanbroil. These look quite nice on paper but the reviews are a bit mixed. I don’t have personal experience so do your own research before making a purchase.
Steelmade replacement griddle top for Blackstone griddles
What I certainly can recommend though are the replacement tops by Steelmade. These are made of mild steel 50% thicker than the original. As such, they provide better heat retention, more even heating, and much better durability.
Not only is it thicker but the welding is also of much higher quality and the griddle tops are backed by a lifetime warranty.
Oh and if you care about that, these are made in the United States from American steel. Blackstone griddles are not made in the USA.
28-inch and 36-inch Blackstone griddle top replacements are available as of writing this.
Can You Remove the Griddle Top from a Blackstone Griddle?
Yes, it is possible to remove the griddle top from a Blackstone Griddle. Most griddles by Blackstone use a 4-point locking mechanism.
When you are assembling the griddle, you have to align the four pins on the griddle top with the four holes on the top of the griddle’s body. Once aligned you just push the top toward the back of the body and this locks the top in place.
To remove the griddle top, you do it in reverse. In other words, you have to push the griddle top toward the front of the body. This will unlock the top and you can then lift it up. It’s best done in two people with each one holding one of the sides.
If your griddle came with a lid, you will have to remove it too.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for a replacement top for your Blackstone griddle there are plenty of options available to you. Whether you go for an original one from Blackstone or a third-party top, make sure to do your research before buying and find the one that fits your needs best.
The number one thing to make sure of is that the replacement top you choose fits your griddle model. If it’s too small or too big, you won’t be able to use it.
Can you save a rusted Blackstone griddle?
If it’s not completely rusted all the way through, you can easily save your griddle by removing the rust and then re-seasoning it properly. Rust removal takes a bit of time and effort but can be done with some elbow grease and a sander.
Can you replace the griddle top on your own, or do you need a professional to install it?
It’s easy to replace the griddle top on your own, as long as you have a bit of patience. Usually, no special tools are needed.
What material are replacement griddle tops made of?
That depends solely on what you are buying. The original replacement parts will be made from the exact same material. That is cold-rolled steel.
Third-party materials may vary and will be listed on each product’s page.