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Old 11-12-2013, 11:45 PM   #1
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Coleman gas grill

Last year we purchased a Coleman portable gas grill. I have a problem with the grill grate not being able to raise up. grilling steaks, chicken etc is too close to the flame. I have turned it down as low as it will go, still too hot. Usually I just turn one side off and cook on that side. Anyone with the same problem ?
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Which Coleman grill do you have?
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Old 11-13-2013, 04:50 AM   #3
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I have two Coleman's, a Road Trip Grill and another smaller brief case size with a grate and a pot burner. I experience the same thing you do to some degree and solve it with the same method; moving whatever I am grilling away from the flame if need be.

On the Road Trip I sometimes straddle the two burners dead center or as you say use the opposite burner and reflective heat to cook. It seems this is inherent in this kind of grilling. With a little practice I still turn out some excellent meals.
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You might modify your grill with a beveled thermometer

If you don't use some kind of defused item between your grill and your fire its called char broiled.

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You can purchase an accessory "grill" plate that can be used on multi-burner Coleman units. It is basically a solid plate that diffuses the heat troughout the item being grilled. The grates on the Coleman stoves are not really intended (regardless of what might be said of them) to cook food directly. The item being cooked should always be in a fry pan, which serves the same purpose as the "grill" plate.

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Couldn't you just dial down the gas on the tank valve? Or am I missing something?
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Couldn't you just dial down the gas on the tank valve? Or am I missing something?

This may work for a short time at a given tank pressure. As you use the propane, it gets a bit colder and the pressure drops. A fixed valve at the tank out let becomes a fixed orifice. Less pressure on the inlet to the valve, means less flow across the orifice. This will starve the regulator to the burner.

So, it would work for a short time and the operator would have to adjust the tank valve to maintain a flame of suitable size.

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Couldn't you just dial down the gas on the tank valve? Or am I missing something?

I thought that too, but it only goes down so far, not far enough.
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Got read of my last Coleman and bought a Weber 220. No more problems
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I have the Weber 220 and hooked it up to the propane system in the coach and it works great. Heat is totally adjustable and stores easy....

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Weber q220 all the way. Just bought one a month ago and it is awesome
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coleman grill vs weber, gas vs charcoal

Even though I use a Weber genesis 3 at home with natural gas I got tired of messing around with gas grills with the RV. For years we used a little freebie charcoal grill that was about 14" in diameter and the grill was part of the leg assembly and it all fit inside the 4" X14" steel round pan. It still works great and we have had great salmon, chicken, steaks & burgers on it. Since space and weight is not an issue anymore I just got a Weber charcoal grill that is configured in the shape of a tool box. (about 10" X10" X 20") So far we haven't used it but since it is Weber I assume that it will work great. I would dump the Coleman road trip as it is large and heavy in my opinion.
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I have a Coleman Road Trip and haven't experienced any problems. I do have to interchange grates. I have 2 of the cast iron grates that came with the grill (steaks kept on the "keyhole" come out perfect as soon as the grill marks show ... same for burgers).


and 2 of these for fry-pans/woks/sauce pans.

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When we were looking last year we choose the Weber over the Coleman road trip. The two deal makers for the Weber were the companies reputation and it's size.
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