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Mar 26, 2010 06:44 AM

Gas Grill for High Temperature?

They say that a gas grill won't get the really high temperatures you get with charcoal, but THEY do a lot of talking -- I have always used charcoal but I am thinking about getting a gas grill that I can put on my deck. So, can you get a really good sear on say a pork loin or a butterflied leg of lamb, with a gas grill? How about a thick steak?

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  1. I don't know who "they" are but I can easily peg the 650 degree temperature guage on my gas grill so that's pretty damn hot. Searing is no problem.

    1. Agree with Den....I have both...Sometimes gas is alittle more convenient

      1. It depends. I recently borrowed three gas grills so I had more grill space for a large event. One of them was so pitiful that I could keep my hand 1 inch from the grate -- indefinitely. I didn't use that one. The second got hot enough to cook...barely. The third was just as hot as my charcoal grill.

        Will they let you test them out in the store?

        1. Our gas grill can easily reach 650 or 675 with no problems.

          You want higher temp on a gas grill? Throw some grease on the fire. You'll get those flames lapping at your pork loins for all the searing you'll ever want.

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          1. re: ipsedixit

            the high heat you're seeing on the questionable thermometer disappears when you open the lid. But the real advantage is the BTUs per sq/in.

            But I've found that Webers, even the cheapest of them, throw out plenty of heat. I'm sure others do as well. This isn't the 70's, and I would have to think that a grill in the 300-400 dollar price range blast a good amount of heat.

            1. re: tommy

              Yes, I know that opening the grill lid will lower the temp ... that's why you need to get a grease fire going to get a nice char!

              1. re: ipsedixit

                I love your dedication to the grease fire. Is there a story behind it?

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    I thought, perhaps, that you'd witnessed some kind of grease-fire-related culinary tragedy.

                    So you really throw grease onto a fire?

          2. Probably a cheap gas grill won't get you the heat that you want. But a decent quality one will (check the BTUs they can deliver). Dollar for dollar, you'll get more heat from a charcoal grill. Plus you get a bit of smoke flavour. Yum.