I am having a hard time wracking my brain around grenade rules. I need specifics because, shocker, I plan to run hex using battlemaps.

core says "Grenade, Hand: While there are several different types of grenades, all are treated the same in regard to the rules. Hand grenades explode in a five-foot radius, damaging everything in the area (see Area of Effect Attacks, p. 127)."
Q.) Using a standard 5 ft.-square battle-map, would a standard hand grenade affect an area Burst 3 (the hit square, and the 8 surrounding squares), or just one square?
Q.) When dealing with range bands, does a 10ft. range on a grenade affect the distance of the throw and/or the blast radius?

core p. 127 defines area effects as "Characters caught in the radius of an area effect attack only get to use their Passive Defense rating for their Defense roll. Creature size and wound penalties (if any) are not factors when defending against area effect attacks, but any cover your character has or armor he is wearing will grant him some protection."

SSW further defines Area Effects as, "Area effect: Accurately throwing a grenade requires an Athletics roll, but extra successes do not increase the damage. When a grenade explodes, it damages everything in its area of effect (see “Area of Effect Attacks” in Hollow Earth Expedition, p. 127). Roll the listed damage rating against all opponents in the area. The damage inflicted is reduced by one point for each five feet an opponent is from the explosion. (I could not find this sentence in core)"
Q.) How does "The damage inflicted is reduced by one point for each five feet an opponent is from the explosion" apply to a battle-map?

SSW says about the mills no. 36 grenade, "...It is accurate when thrown out to 25 feet, but can hurl its fragments further than this."
Q.) How far can the fragments be hurled? Where is the rule located?

If anyone can point out any other information to which I've forgtotten to ask about use of battle-maps in HEX, that would be great, too. 

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