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Old 03-06-2016, 03:23 PM   #589
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The Solaire's get panned by a lot of their owners (see Amazon ratings), and is a very expensive unit. Given the many poor reviews primarily focused on bad customer service and not honoring the warranty, just get a Weber Q1200 and be done with it.

You can make yourself crazy researching every possible portable cooker...
Gee….never had a problem in 16 years of use. bought a new 'element' a couple of years ago along with a new inner grill and got it right from the manufacturer no problem!

Expensive? Depends on your perceived value. I wouldn't trade mine for anything else out there….. with the possible exception of a bigger one for the house!

Some folks simply can't get used to the 'different' style of grilling that an infrared grill requires. Not a thing wrong with the units………maybe the buyers?
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Old 03-06-2016, 03:27 PM   #590
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Yes. My comment is focused on just not being used to cooking with IR since I have been using a BGE and regular grill for a long time.
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Gee….never had a problem in 16 years of use. bought a new 'element' a couple of years ago along with a new inner grill and got it right from the manufacturer no problem!

Expensive? Depends on your perceived value. I wouldn't trade mine for anything else out there….. with the possible exception of a bigger one for the house!

Some folks simply can't get used to the 'different' style of grilling that an infrared grill requires. Not a thing wrong with the units………maybe the buyers?
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Old 03-06-2016, 03:35 PM   #591
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I needed a very light weight grill that was compact and the Solaire fits the bill exactly. The propane tank adapter creates the same fitting found on the one pound Coleman gas tanks. So the Solaire regulator takes care of the regulation of the grill's incoming propane coming from the 23D's 30 pound tanks.

The front "propane grill" outlet on the streets side front of the Airstream can be used to run my Honda 2,000 watt generator converted to propane only.

I initially acquired the Q2200 Weber for the 31' Classic with the Dodge 2500HD where weight was not an issue.
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So if I want to use the front "propane grill" outlet on the streets side front of the Airstream for my gas grill what are my options? Most of the grills I look at (Weber Q1200, Solaire etc) seem to have the options of a disposable propane tank or an extension hose that would direct connect to the 30lb propane tank. I believe you also need to bypass the regulator on the grill because you already have a regulated flow from the AS. Is that right?

Same applies for a gas heater. We use at home a Mr Heater that sits directly on top of a propane tank. Is there an external heater that I can direct connect to the propane on the AS? Welcome any advice.
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Old 03-07-2016, 04:08 PM   #593
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We have the Coleman NXT lite grill and do not like it. It is hard to keep clean and doesn't heat evenly. Bought the Coleman "fold & go" grill to replace it. Like it a lot bet and very easy to keep clean.
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Wood is perhaps my favorite to cook on which requires some skill and finesse. Seconded would be charcoal using coconut charcoal.

Propane is convenient and easy, so I have a Weber Q1200. IR looks interesting but I suspect flavor wise it's not different from propane.

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Gee….never had a problem in 16 years of use. bought a new 'element' a couple of years ago along with a new inner grill and got it right from the manufacturer no problem!
Sometimes companies don't make things the way they used to. But some brands never change.
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Wood is perhaps my favorite to cook on which requires some skill and finesse. Seconded would be charcoal using coconut charcoal.
I'm normally allergic to coconut, but I've eaten foods cooked over coconut charcoal in my Cobb Grill with no adverse effects. I like the stuff as fuel for my Cobb because it lights easily, burns hotter— and longer— than charcoal, and leaves less of a mess to clean up when it burns out. But it ain't cheap.
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Now i know each of us has our own favorite grill for camping and as I mentioned in an earlier post last year I purchased the TEC Cherokee Infrared Grill. Over the years I have used the fire pit, my old but reliable coleman to burner gas stove, a Cobb grill and now the TEK which has now become my go to camping grill. IMO the TEK, although expensive, is by far the best I have used camping. I love the fact that it can get very very hot like 600 to 700 degrees and also low low temps for cooking eggs etc. When not camping I keep it on our deck and use it along with my BGEs and MAK Pellet grill.
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Now i know each of us has our own favorite grill for camping and as I mentioned in an earlier post last year I purchased the TEC Cherokee Infrared Grill. Over the years I have used the fire pit, my old but reliable coleman to burner gas stove, a Cobb grill and now the TEK which has now become my go to camping grill. IMO the TEK, although expensive, is by far the best I have used camping. I love the fact that it can get very very hot like 600 to 700 degrees and also low low temps for cooking eggs etc. When not camping I keep it on our deck and use it along with my BGEs and MAK Pellet grill.
Funny, we tried one of these and finally just stopped using it. I have it in the shop waiting for a cleanup so that I can sell it...
Maybe we simply never mastered its use but we soooo prefer hauling out the MiniMax for cooking.
I even got the company to replace our first Cherokee as it seemed not to get hot enough. Some things cooked fine on the Tec, but others...
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I had the similar problem with the Cobb. I never really mastered it and like your TEC mine also sits in my garage waiting for me to clean it and give to one of my kids.
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I had the similar problem with the Cobb.
The secret to success with a Cobb is, don't think of it as a grill. Think of it as a charcoal oven. You're not really grilling with it so much as you're baking or broiling with it. There's a reason why it's marketed as "kitchen in a bag."
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:48 AM   #600
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The Cobb is new to me -- here is some Cobb Salad to munch on FYI:

Cobb Salad

http://www.cobbglobal.com/cobb/

Looks pretty neat . . . and efficient.

PS Protagonist does the grill grid cooking surface get hot enough to put a sear on steaks first? Thanks
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Wood is perhaps my favorite to cook on which requires some skill and finesse. Seconded would be charcoal using coconut charcoal...
For several years I had and used a WoodFlame BBQ Grill and it was wonderful. Made in Canada and a little difficult to get parts for here. Initially I had a contact at the factory and she would send parts as needed. I got one of the very early ones and they had some growing pains, hence the need for parts. I finally gaveup and sold it to somone here on the forms with the understanding tha it needed repair of the blower. Hopefully they were able to get it running and are enjoying the grill. If they had local suppliers I would buy another one for sure.

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PS Protagonist does the grill grid cooking surface get hot enough to put a sear on steaks first? Thanks
Not really. That's one reason I say not to think of it as a grill but rather as an oven. I prefer my meat well-done but not dried out, and the Cobb does an excellent job with that. But even though it won't sear a steak, you've got to admit it's pretty neat to be able to "grill" a pizza with it!
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