My Char-broil has a large rectangular grate (2 ft by 1.5 ft.) on which I am desparately trying to learn to grill. To replenish the coals, I have to lift the entire grate off the grill (taking the food and any ambient heat with it) to get at the coal grate. I want to cut the grate into three sections, a la Weber, so I can access the coal grate without disturbing the food. (Yes, there's an access dorr in the front but no way can I put a chimney full of hot charcoal through that!)
Once I cut the tines of the grate, with what do I paint the various ends? High-temp Krylon Paint? Leave the ends alone? Dip them in some gooey rubbery thing that cures to rock solid?