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Topic: Update: What size BTU grill for roasting? (5 msgs / 141 lines)
1) From: Aaron
Well I went out and priced grills today.  Seems I can get a 40K btu 
range from anywhere from $99.00 up to $699.00 depending on how many 
whistles and bells and side cars and 4 burners bla bla bla I want on it.
This leads me to a few more questions.
Perhaps I am way old school, but I remember gas grills having an element 
in the bottom, and a layer of lava rock that heated up with the gas 
flame underneath it.  Every grill I seen has the burners with an angular 
like metal diffuser / vaporizer over the actual burner(s), but NO rocks 
to disperse the heat at all.
I would think the rocks would be better as it would help spread out the 
heat and diffuse it so you didnt have hot spots right over the burners  
does it really matter?
second question,  some of the grills have really tall 'dome' type lids 
on them.. of course they have the upper trays and stuff that id' take 
out but....  would it be better to get a lower profile top hence less 
surface area for wind to leech the heat off of, or go with the dome or 
does it not make too big of a difference?
Again, thank you in adance for any relies.
Aaron

2) From: Justin Marquez
On 2/9/06, Aaron  wrote:
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You are correct about the new metal diffuser thingie. Nearly all the ones I
looked at recently had 'em.  You can always take it out and drop in the
rocks if you think that would do a better job.   For the grill I was using,
I took one of the older cookie sheets fron the stash of baking gear and lai=
d
it in the grill so that it was between the flame and the drum. I poked a
bunch of small holes in it first and it seemed to do a decent job of
diffusing the flame.
The domed lid - If you got an 8" diameter drum, you'll need at least 4"
clearance above the support line of the drum.
Safe Journeys and Sweet Music
Justin Marquez (Snyder, TX)http://www.justinandlinda.com

3) From:
The Charbroil I got came with the angled diffuser thing.  The RK won't
clear it without modification. My mod was to toss the diffuser, buy a
lava rock grid (the tub had the support bits), and a piece of sheet
steel. This leaves about an inch of clearance between the steel plate
and the drum.  Works great!  It's also pretty much what RK recommends :)
I also used those small ceramic bricks sold as upgrades for the lava
rocks under each end of the burner.  Leveled up the burner nicely, which
it sure wasn't right out of the box.
Bruce

4) From: R.N.Kyle
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on them.. of course they have the upper trays and stuff that id' take
out but....  would it be better to get a lower profile top hence less
surface area for wind to leech the heat off of, or go with the dome or
does it not make too big of a difference?
A grill with a lower hood is best, the smaller the roasting chamber the 
better it will be for drum roasting.
It heats quicker and has less heat loss in the top of hood. Grills like the 
Webber, Brinkman, and now some Char-Broil Pro grills have the Webber style 
low profile hoods.
As for the flame diffuser, I recommend removing them and getting a piece of 
12 to 14 gauge sheet metal, leaving about 1" of clearance all around for air 
movement. The sheet metal does a nice job of retaining heat in the bottom of 
the grill. Mount your drum as low a possible 1" min. 2" max from the bottom 
of the drum.
Sheet metal can be bought at Tractor Supply stores, or your local welding 
and or Fabrication shops. Ask if they have a piece of drop that is at or 
near your needed sizes, if not they can shear one to suit.
RK
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5) From: Wesley Simon
I bought a Fiesta on sale at home depot for $80.  It had the angled diffuse=
r
also.  A quick adjustment with my size 14 shoe flattened it out some and
made it fit.  I should go ahead and put in something else too.  On the
"high" setting, the flames turn the diffuser red where the flames are
touching it.  Interestingly enough, I think that my 30K BTU unit runs a
little too hot.
On 2/9/06, bruce.harrington 


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