Out of the Blue

Well we finally raised the flag on the relocated Manstovia yesterday. I just made a couple of burgers, but I was happy to be able to check out the new grill. Unfortunately, I was not able to get the kind of sear I am used to from my charcoal days. This is understandable since I was only able to get this up to about 550℉, which is a far cry from the 650℉ the manufacturer says the grill can reach. So I need to do some research on whether there is something wrong about the gas regulator valve, and whether it can be repaired or replaced. The burgers actually came out okay, but there was definitely room for improvement. This will be that much more important when it comes to grilling steaks, so I definitely want to address it if I can.

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Enahs wrote on May 4, 2020, 10:58:
Most gas grills are only rated for 550, so if yours truly is rated for 650, it probably requires fine tweaking of the gas to air ratio.

However, a grill getting that hot will require a lot of propane. You maybe pulling propane out of your tank so fast for such a large burner system that is is cooling the propane tank down, which reduces the ability for it to vaporize and reduces the total flow out, resulting in lower temperature.I have experienced it a lot with camping grills and cheap or not properly balances grills at friends places, even ones that do not get as hot as yours is supposed to get (just huge so requires a lot of burners). Next time give the side of the propane tank a feel, if it is overly cold, this might be your problem. You may can solve it by just when cooking having the propane tank in direct sunlight. But you also might need a bigger tank than those little 20lb tanks you get and exchange at the home store and gas stations. Upgrading to a 30 lber might be required. Luckily, those are readily refilled for cheaper anyway than the 20lb exchange.

We have a 20 lb tank, but we go to BJs where they refill them for you. I was puzzled at first why the sold what they called "premium" tanks until I realized they didn't do the exchange thing.

Anyway, this is a very small, super-chap grill that's rated at 36000BTU for 4-burners. But in the Q&As about it they do say this specifically:"This grill is able to reach temperatures around 650 °F."

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