How is an open-fire grill different from other grills?

An open-fire grill allows you to raise and lower the grilling surface and move burning coals and embers for easier heat control. Other grills control temperature by managing airflow. An open-fire grill requires more attention but we think that's part of the fun. 

What is the difference between a V-grate and a rod grate?

A v-shaped grate allows juices and rendered fat to be collected in the drip pan. The juices resulting from your grilling can be reused for basting. This kind of grate also reduces the risk of flare-ups by reducing the amount of fat and oils that drip back onto the heat source. Because a v-shaped grate catches more fat, it may require extra clean-up after grilling.

A round rod grate exposes more of the meat to the heat and smoke. Due to the greater exposure to the heat source, cooking over round rod grates requires more attention in order to control flare-ups and prevent overcooking. A round rod grate is also great for grilling vegetables. 

Does the grill arrive ready to use?

We highly recommend our Atelier Vals grill base. You can also work with a local landscaper or contractor to create a base that works for you. If you are feeling handy there are some DIY guides online but we can't recommend one in particular. If you do build one for yourself let us know how it goes! 

It has to be said: only install and use grills on a hard, leveled, non-combustible, stable surface such as masonry, concrete, brick, etc., capable of supporting the weight of the grill and its accessories. Remove all removable parts to reduce the weight on the grill for an easier installation. Unit frame should be secured to the surface where grill will be installed.

What kind of wood or charcoal can I use?

Enjoy grilling over any kind of coal or hardwood such as apple, peach, cherry or almond for light to mild smoky flavor. Oak burns hot and long with a smoky flavor. Hickory and mesquite have a strong smoky flavor, great for poultry.  Briquettes catch fire easily, while burning slowly and evenly. 

Avoid cooking over softwood and highly resinous wood such as pine, juniper, cypress, and other Conifers. Avoid oleander which is toxic when burned. Also avoid cooking over unknown wood scraps, chemically treated, stained or painted wood – old wood possibly contains lead. Avoid using freshly cut wood as fuel because it has not had an opportunity to season by evaporation of the internal moisture. 

Do you make any other sizes?

Don't see the size you need? Custom orders are available- send an email to and let's talk!

What is 304 stainless steel?

304 Stainless steel is a durable, easy to sanitize, and corrosion resistant material that is commonly used in all kinds of kitchen appliances and utensils. It is low maintenance and fully recyclable with high hot strength. There are no chemicals that can leach into foods, which makes it an extremely safe option for cooking applications, including grilling.

What is TIG welding?

Tungsten Inert Gas (TIG) welding, also known as Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW) is an arc welding process that produces the weld with a non-consumable tungsten electrode. TIG welds are highly resistant to corrosion and cracking over long time periods. TIG welding gives the welder great control over the weld which delivers high-quality results.