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grilling with the lid open?

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Title says it all...

 

I don't know how many times during the years i have grilled brats or burgers or even steaks with the lid open at least in some portion of the cook. Seeing as how the dome has to be burped every time you want to "get in there" how practical is it to grill with the lid open. What's the pros and cons.

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Sometimes I grill with the lid open. Only if it’s a high heat steak sear and I’m going fro rear/ ed rare.   Generally rare.  Even with med rare I have some closure of the top.

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4 hours ago, JB58 said:

When I'm grilling chicken, burgers, brats I don't usually have the grill so hot that it's starving for oxygen so don't have to worry about burping. 

Agree with the lower temp for these, with the Akorn I am just in the habit of a quick burp before opening no matter what.  DWF, I think as you get more cook time with yours you will pick up this habit as well.  After several years of use I can't recall leaving the top open for any cook, can't say I wont some day, but so far I've not had the need.

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I grill with the lid open a LOT.  It's easy to do.  The problem on a Kamado is that if you want to do that you need to have an appropriate amount of charcoal in the firebox.   If you have a full firebox you will have temps that are too hot to cook on very quickly.

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I haven't found a need to grill with it open so far. If I'm doing a steak sear or burgers, I wait for the temp to read out around 650ish and throw the burgers or steak on there for a few minutes, burp.. flip, close.. and wait another few minutes. I usually keep the Akorn filled with lump, no matter what I've got on the grill and it has no problem keeping temps at 650+ with the top vent halfway closed and bottom vent wide open. Burping really isn't an issue since I'm used to doing a similar thing with the old 22" weber I used to use.. you know repeatedly lifting the lid several times before finally pulling the damn thing off to flip whatever was cookin.

 

For me, burping just isn't an issue. I saw quite a few posts when I was researching what to do, about guys almost burning their arms off and what not.. but I haven't come across that 'feature' just yet I guess. 

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