Flat top "UPDATE"

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2011/09/30 15:04:15 (permalink)

Flat top "UPDATE"

Can anyone explain the advantages/disadvantages between a manually temp controlled griddle verses a thermostatically controlled griddle? I'm not clear on how the manual version operates.
post edited by Southernsmoke - 2011/10/03 07:23:05
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    edwmax
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/09/30 16:34:54 (permalink)
    With the manual flat top, you turn the heat up/down or off.
    The thermostatically controlled griddle, works like your electric frying pan. You set the dial.
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/01 08:01:09 (permalink)
    @ edwmax, yes I understand that but with the manual unit how do you know what temp the unit is at and how do you maintain the correct temps? I'm asking because I just bought one and am installing it in my trailer.
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/01 08:47:54 (permalink)
    How do you tell what temp a flat top, a charcoal grill or even a char-broiler is? It's just a mater of getting used to it and how much of a load ( product ) you put on your flat top.
     
    Or buy one of these, they are not that expensive anymore. I've had one for years and when I bought mine they were way over a hundred dollars, and now like $45.00. But it won't take you long to get used to where to set your new grill.








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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/01 08:54:11 (permalink)
    This little device will give the grill temp, if that is what you're asking.   abt $50 to $80 at Lowes

     
    May be some of the Chefs will give their flat top secrets; but me when frying, I want the pan or top as hot as it will get.  .. May be not so hot if doing pan-cakes.      ... I turn the heat up & down as needed.
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/01 12:12:50 (permalink)
    Thanks guys that is helpful..
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/01 16:21:55 (permalink)
    I have a infra red thermometer as shown it works very well too ,i use it on the flat top,& fryer anything that I want to measure the outside temp of.
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/03 07:33:25 (permalink)
    First time out with the new flat top yesterday..did burgers & onions to keep it simple..it worked well but I did struggle a little with the temps. It's a Star Max 2 burner unit, on high temps roared to 450+..kinda scarred me.. 
    Anyway turned it down icrementally but couldn't find that sweet spot with temps being too hot or too low, hopfully it's my inexperience..it sure ain't a Lang..
    Any tips sure would be appreciated..
     
    oh..I'll be gettin one of those infared therm asap..
     
    post edited by Southernsmoke - 2011/10/03 07:34:50
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/03 08:45:29 (permalink)
    If you burners are side by side turn one up to 75% and the other off, or very low. You'll have a high heat side and a low heat side. And the center will be half way in between the two.It's an adventure try what ever comes to mind and you'll soon find the perfect combination and it'll become automatic.
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/03 12:12:02 (permalink)
    Thanks Dr..I could be your most frequent patient..
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/03 12:26:31 (permalink)
    LOL that's funny. Good luck
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    Re:Flat top pros/cons 2011/10/05 01:05:29 (permalink)
    Just be patient, it may take awhile to find "the sweet spot". I've been doing this for two decades, and new equipment still, always has a learning curve.

    Our griddle is so fussy that "explaining" it to people is almost impossible:)

    They get to learn it the hard way, just like the rest of us.


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