Cooking Performance

  1. What could cause uneven heat while cooking?
  2. Why is cast iron considered better for cooking grids?
  3. My barbecue is experiencing excessive flare-ups. What could cause that?


1. What could cause uneven heat while cooking?

Although not considered normal, a possible cause for uneven heat is a blockage in the burner venturi tubes. It is possible for small insects to get inside the venturi tubes of the burner. Any blockage inside of the venturi tubes could cause uneven heat. Cleaning instructions can be found on page 5 of your propane manual, or page 4 of your natural gas manual.

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2. Why is cast iron considered better for cooking grids?

Although we consider all of our cooking grids to be of high quality and performance, cast iron is a much heavier metal than most barbecue cooking grids. Because of its high density it is very effective for searing most meats (such as steak, chicken, and hamburgers). The grids are multi-level and have channeled grooves to allow extra grease and juices to run off.

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3. My barbecue is experiencing excessive flare-ups. What could cause that?

Food drippings coming into contact with the hot flames of the burner cause flare-up. Some flare-up is normal, but excessive flare-ups are most often caused by a build up of grease catching fire. To avoid large flare-ups, or possible grease fires, it is best to keep the briquettes (or Flav-R-Cast/Flav-R-Wave) clean by flipping them over periodically. The heat of the burner will burn off any excess grease on the bottom side. Also, ensure that the bottom of the casting is kept clean of any grease or cooking debris.