I'm designing a bbq smoker kit that includes a basket to hold the lit charcoal. I would like to know if chrome or nickel plating is acceptable that close to a heat source in a food environment. Does anyone know of any specific FDA requirements for this?
I know that stainless is the obvious solution, but this kit is supposed to be at a low price point.
Thank you for your input.
Kevin Hendrickson design engineer - San Luis Obispo, California, USA
January 24, 2012
A. Ever consider not plating it at all?
Charcoal ashes are fairly alkaline and this will tend to inhibit rusting. Also, whatever you plate the surface with, it's going to get all ashy and discolored and look like crap, anyway.
Dave Wichern Consultant - The Bronx, New York
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