Don't Be Like Steve! Or, Be Like Steve!
Poor Steve! Please learn from
his tale of woe:
finally got a chance to see [the Solaire] on the Food
Network tonight... Oh yeah, and thanks for making me sit
here and fume because I cheaped out and purchased my
cheese ball **** grill instead of popping for the
Solaire. Oh well, it seemed like a good idea at the
time. So, can I retrofit my grill with the infrared
-- Steve, Southern California
There is no good way to retrofit your grill with
infrared, as there are too many critical relationships
in the design of our grill to optimize the grilling
performance of the Solaire Infrared burner that would
not exist in your grill. However, you can enjoy the
best of both worlds by using one of our Solaire Anywhere
Portable Infrared Grills alongside your grill. You sear
first on the Solaire Anywhere, then transfer the food to
the lower heat of your grill. This is the same technique
I use on my 42" Solaire with great results.
More from Steve:
One of my best friends and
I were at his house a week or two ago
and he also had the big stainless steel 4 burner grill
that he purchased the same time as mine from Expo or
some place like that. We were both having the same
I've monkeyed with my grill by even taking the
regulator out to get more gas flow and raised the temp
up to about 550 but it still isn't the same. I'm sure
that's why you're starting to see those cheaper brands
putting in one infrared burner on their home models (and
it isn't nearly the size or btu capacity of yours). They
probably have a bunch of people who want more heat.
The problems with most everyone else who is
putting an infrared burner in their grill are many-fold:
1) They use round rod cooking grids, instead of a
V-shape like we use. The V-shape controls flare-ups and
contributes to the taste by capturing some of the
drippings closer to the food. The round rods promote a
flood of juices onto the burner, which quenches the
infrared effect and results in flare-ups.
2) Because they are placing an infrared burner in a
grill designed for conventional burners, the infrared
burner is usually either too close or too far from the
food. Too close results in a charred outside and a raw
inside. Too far negates much of the infrared searing
3) The burners are too small to have much effect.
4) There is only one infrared burner. The rest of the
burners are severely under powered. You know how that
"Serious Heat for Serious Grilling" - that's what
Solaire is about, and we've been doing it longer than
just about everyone else.
Don't Be Like Steve! Buy a Solaire!
Update 6/15/07 - Steve just bought a Solaire
Anywhere Portable Infrared Grill to use for searing next to his low-powered
conventional grill. We await his feedback.
Update 6/26/07 - From
Steve: "Well, my Father's Day present to myself (my
close friend purchased one too. He also made the same
blunder as me by buying the 'pretty'
stainless grill from our local home supply store) was
the portable Solaire Anywhere Grill. My Father's Day BBQ
was a big hit with the family who were all surprised
that I finally learned how to cook a steak. Perfectly
charred on the outside and exquisite on the inside
described the steaks I sat on the table. My self esteem
Update 7/2/07 - Steve reports that his friend
is working on his wife to let him purchase a large
Solaire Infrared, as he is amazed with the food he
grills with his Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared
Steve! Become the Master of the Grill with Solaire