How to Replace a Stock Burner

a close up of grill burners including an infrared sear zone

Why Should I Upgrade My Stock Burner?

a u-shaped burner

Grilling enthusiasts may consider replacing a stock burner with an infrared sear burner for several reasons, as infrared technology offers some distinct advantages for certain cooking styles. Here are some reasons why they might opt for this upgrade:

  • High Heat Output: Infrared burners are known for their ability to produce extremely high temperatures quickly. This makes them ideal for searing meats, creating a delicious crust on the outside while keeping the inside juicy. Traditional burners may take longer to reach such high temperatures.
  • Even Heat Distribution: Infrared burners distribute heat more evenly across the cooking surface. This helps prevent hot spots and allows for consistent cooking results, ensuring that the entire grilling area is used effectively.
  • Reduced Flare-Ups: Infrared burners are designed to minimize flare-ups by preventing drippings from hitting the flames directly. This results in a more controlled cooking environment and reduces the risk of charring or uneven cooking due to flare-ups.
  • Energy Efficiency: Infrared burners can be more energy-efficient than traditional burners because they transfer heat directly to the food rather than heating the air around it. This can lead to faster cooking times and lower gas consumption.
  • Versatility: While infrared burners excel at high-temperature searing, they can also be versatile enough to handle lower temperatures for standard grilling. This versatility allows grillers to use a single appliance for a variety of cooking techniques.
  • Quick Preheating: Infrared burners typically reach their maximum temperature faster than traditional burners. This means less waiting time before you can start cooking, making them convenient for those who want to get grilling quickly.
  • Caramelization and Flavor: The intense heat produced by infrared burners is ideal for caramelizing sugars on the surface of meats and vegetables, enhancing flavor and creating appealing grill marks.
  • Easy Cleanup: Infrared burners are often designed with fewer components, making them easier to clean. This can be a significant benefit for those who appreciate a simpler maintenance routine.

It’s important to note that while infrared burners offer these advantages, they may not be the best choice for every cooking scenario. Some grillers prefer the more traditional heat distribution provided by standard burners for certain types of cooking. The decision to replace a stock burner with an infrared sear burner ultimately depends on personal preferences and the specific cooking styles that enthusiasts prioritize.

How To Replace A Stock Burner With An Infrared Sear Burner

steaks grilling above an infrared sear burner

Ready to take your grilling to the next level? Our latest article unveils the step-by-step process of replacing your standard grill burner with a high-performance infrared sear burner. Discover the benefits of this upgrade, from quicker searing to enhanced flavor infusion. Whether you’re a grill enthusiast or a novice, our comprehensive guide will walk you through the transformation, ensuring that you’re ready to sear like a pro in no time. Elevate your grilling prowess with this expert advice on making the switch.

1. To change your conventional burner with an infrared sear burner, start by taking out the far left cooking grate, flame tamer, and heat zone divider. Once these components are out of the grill, you can remove the standard burner.

2. To do this, start by removing the metal fastener that keeps the burner in place. Usually, you can remove this with your fingers but you may need to use a pair of needle nose pliers. Once you have the metal fastener removed, the burner will come out easily.

3. The next step is to remove the crossover bar. You will need a Phillips head screwdriver to remove the screw that holds the bar in place.

4. Once you have removed this, the infrared burner slides easily in place. The crossover bar and flame tamer will no longer be needed while using the infrared burner. Simply place the heat zone divider and cooking grate back in the grill and you’re ready for searing!

An infrared burner provides more intense heat compared to a standard burner and will reach searing temperatures much quicker. The great thing about having the infrared burner on your Blaze grill is that it gives you the versatility to sear foods on the infrared burner while grilling vegetables or fish on med-low temperatures at the same time.


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