Infrared VS Gas Grill
What is an Infrared Grill?
For many people, the idea of infrared, which is also known as radiation or radiant energy, is somewhat of a mystery. Infrared energy is all around us, even in sunshine. Like the sun, infrared energy is transferred directly from the source to the object being heated without losing much of its energy, or in the case of the sun or infrared burners, heat. This also allows you to grill foods in the most frigid temperatures with an infrared burner - because the infrared energy is not effected by the cold! Infrared burners, unlike traditional metal burners, are made of ceramic that is heated by the burning gas. And unlike traditional convection burners which reach temperatures of 750 degrees, ceramic infrared burners can quickly sear the surfaces of meats with temperatures up to 900 degrees Fahrenheit.
The first infrared grill was developed by TEC, who is still the leader in infrared grill technology, in 1980 and continued to dominate the market for many years. When their patent ended in 2000, other manufacturers quickly jumped on the infrared wagon and due to high competition within the infrared grilling marketplace, infrared bbq grills quickly improved in efficiency. Today you have a variety of infrared brands to choose from, in everything from freestanding to portable bbqs.