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Old 03-04-2015, 12:56 PM   #151
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and probably the supply of poutine ....sauerkraut .....bratwurst
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:05 PM   #152
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Has anyone ever used one of the grill thingees that look something like a hub cap and can be placed on a butane cooker ? Of coarse no comparison to an actual bbq .....
This thing makes some sense to me. The "beauty ring" component of the hubcap design appears to catch grease, and the central "hubcap" grilling surface is solid in the middle, so nothing will drip onto the burner, which is why an ordinary stove burner can be used. For someone who wants to grill occasionally, and doesn't need an open grate, it would be smaller and lighter than carrying an entire standalone grill appliance.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:21 PM   #153
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Since this topic seems to be revisiting the subject of alternatives to the Spitfire, especially for low-pressure propane operation, a quick reminder that there is always the Porta-Chef, mentioned about a hundred posts ago, and in other topics such as
Weber BBQ Review - post #7
Low pressure stove question, again... - post #4
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:28 PM   #154
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And it's depleting the world-wide supply of pixels.
Don't worry. The Chinese are manufacturing millions of pixels as we post. They may, however, be Walmart quality pixels.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:37 PM   #155
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Don't worry. The Chinese are manufacturing millions of pixels as we post. They may, however, be Walmart quality pixels.
There is the concern raised that, because we are exporting pixel raw materials in large quantities from West-coast ports, there is a severe imbalance of pixel trade credits with the Asian continent.
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Old 03-04-2015, 01:39 PM   #156
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OK, I'll bite. This thread now qualifies as silly enough.

'Let us not forget the influence of counterfeit pixels dumped on the North American market by China.'
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We are getting way off topic now, so lets focus on the thread topic in order to keep the thread from being shut down. Thanking you in advance....
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Old 03-04-2015, 02:52 PM   #158
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I really like my Spitfire 180 grill. However, ever since it was new I have had some difficulties where it has not heated up to as high of temperatures as would be required to properly cook foods. Also, I have found that on mine, the sensitivity of the low pressure control valve is very poor, with very little temperature adjustment possible with the valve. I have also had the supply valve "stick" and become "hard to turn" at times.

Two possible solutions come to mind for these two issues. The cold temperature issue may possibly be resolved by playing around with the size of the opening on the makeup air port (?) near the burner (there is an adjustment screw). I will play around with that a bit once the weather warms up. It is possible that the current valve is also the cause of my low temperature issues. I am thinking that I likely have a defective low pressure valve. I am hesitant about just replacing the current one with the same valve from Dickinson and have been looking for a replacement valve online. So far I have not come up with a replacement that seems suitable. I may just end up asking Dickinson for another and seeing how it works.

Anyone else have any issues with the low pressure valve or BBQ temperatures?
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I don't have the low-pressure regulator but I spent a lot of time playing with the venturi and the adjustment screw on the high pressure control, without success. I couldn't keep the heat down.
I reported the problem to Dickinson and they sent me a new control under warranty.
We shall see.
I might go back to the Weber, but it wouldn't get hot enough to sear.
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I do not believe that the adjustment screw will drastically change the temperature in the grill. If it is not getting hot enough to cook food, then it is getting inadequate gas. This could be caused by a plugged or crimped supply line, a plugged propane hose, use of a second regulator (it is considered low pressure because the regulator at the propane tanks has reduced it from high pressure to low pressure before it enters the QD line, so you do not need the regulator that the grill comes with to use 1 pound disposable cylinders), or a defective valve. Before asking Dickinson for a new valve, I would disconnect the hose from the grill, open the valve, and try to blow through it. While it won't be much, you should be able to tell the difference between low and high. If you cannot blow air through the valve, it is likely bad. I would check to make sure you can blow air through the hose. It is possible an insect crawled into the hose or a fragment of Teflon tape is restricting flow.
You can also reinstall the high pressure assembly on the grill and run it with a 1 pound disposable. This would prove the burner assembly is functioning normally and is not plugged.
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