Question: I am interested in getting this but also want to use it as a regular grill. Do you know of any way of adapting the burner to be used as an “infrared” type grill which has slat-type grill surfaces?
Answer: We make outdoor powerful stoves with exposed flame to directly heat the wok bottom surface. This is contradictory to no flame directly heating grilled meat. We have no solution so far.
Question: Thanks for your reply. I think there may be a solution – a 28″ x 14″ cast iron griddle plate. I only need it to cook steak and fish, and the griddle late is reversible with flat and raised bars for cooking and searing. The questions would be – would such a griddle sit securely on the 130k BTU burner ring, and if the weight of it being cast iron an issue. Here is a link to the actual one I am thinking about: http://www.amazon.com/King-Kooker-CI28GS-Pre-seasoned-Griddle/dp/B009PPFG28/ref=sr_1_5?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1400633926&sr=1-5&keywords=large+cast+iron+griddle
Answer: Thanks for the idea. First, the coating of the griddle plate will be gone the first time you expose it to flame. The griddle plate looks like able to sit right on the stove (not 100% sure). If you don’t care removal of the coating, then the stove can heat up the griddle plate and you can put the meat on top of it. Please remember the stove is built to accommodate wok which extends down toward the burner. So your griddle plate will sit too high, may not be exposed to full flame power. The flame from the stove will come around your plate. So be careful when you go to toss the meat.
Question: Thanks for the reply. I am not sure that the griddle is coated – it is simply cast iron and “pre-seasoned” with some sort of oil. It does weigh 28 lbs though so the question is whether the burner ring on top of its legs would support that much weight. Most BBQ grills on the market are working with flame distances in excess of 6 inches from the burner to the cooking grate surface. Many are now outfitted to emit “infrared” by heating an intermediate plate between the burner and the grate. So with their burner INPUT of about 60,000 BTU average, I am sure the 130K in your burners would not be a disadvantage. The griddle plate would also eliminate any hotspots on the cooking grate, as well as catch fat drippings for easier clean up than a BBQ grill. As for the heads-up on the flame, would the non-EI manual ignition model have infinitely variable control over the flame height? It would be nice if there is a way to light the burner flame without having to remove the 28-lb griddle every time! Thanks again and I look forward to your thoughts.
Answer: By the look from the link you provided, the griddle is coated. Pure cast iron without coating is not that smooth on surface. We are glad to learn that there is an intermediate infrared layer in grill to prevent direct flame to the griddle. This might be possible with a burner that uses low pressure gas. With our high pressure gas stove, we simply do not know how this is possible. Our PF13S160/PF13L160 is continuous in flame power and strong enough to handle 28lbs griddle. You can ignite through the hole on top of the burner pipe without removing the griddle. A picture is below to show the hole on top of the pilot and main burner pipes. The stove has a pilot light enabling you to turn off the main burner between dishes.