How to get my propane grill hotter

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How to get my propane grill hotter
A hotter gas grill cooks faster and seals in flavour. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Propane grills do not burn as hot as charcoal grills due to the difference between the fuels in combustion and energy release when burning. Advantages of a hotter propane grill include cooking food faster, greater fuel efficiency, and being able to quickly sear expensive cuts of meat, such as steaks, to prevent the food from drying out. Simple adjustments help you raise the temperature inside the grill so you can cook faster and burn less fuel.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Butane grill lighter (optional)

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  1. 1

    Turn the fuel valve on the propane tank counterclockwise to release the flow of gas to the grill.

  2. 2

    Turn the burner control knobs on the front panel to the "Start" or similar position, then press the igniter button to light the grill. You can also use a butane grill lighter with a long metal tube to light the grill burners.

  3. 3

    Adjust the side and top vents on the grill to the fully open position. This maximises air flow to oxygenate the flames.

  4. 4

    Close the grill cover and dial the burner control knobs on the front panel clockwise to the highest setting. Wait 10 minutes for the internal heat to increase to the maximum temperature possible, then open the grill and place food on the cooking grate.

Tips and warnings

  • High-temperature grilling is a good technique for steaks because the heat sears the meat faster to prevent flavourful juices from sizzling away. Sear on high heat for approximately 30 seconds per side, then reduce the grill temperature to finish cooking.
  • Do not drill holes in the propane grill or attempt to modify the burners in an effort to increase airflow that might boost the internal temperature. These modifications will void the warranty on the appliance and may be dangerous.

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