Alfresco Grills Review - Solid Fuel Insert vs Infrared Sear Burner

Written by Appliance Dude on 08.02.17

Alfresco Grills Solid Fuel Insert Provides Serious Heat

Yesterday I hosted a customer from Indiana who wanted to test drive the Alfresco ALXE42SZ grill, which is Alfresco's flagship model that comes with the Hellfire sear burner. 

The question for him was whether he should buy the ALXE42 with the sear zone, realizing that the Alfresco sear is insanely hot, running between 1100-1700F, or should be bypass it since it would take up 33% of his grilling space, and go with my advice, which is to use the solid fuel insert as your sear machine. Not only can you remove the solid fuel insert so in essence it becomes a flexible sear zone (the Hellfire sear burner cannot be removed) but you are also searing with smoke / wood / coal so you are getting that FLAVOR which any gas burner or infrared sear burner will never deliver.

For the test he brought a beautifully marbled  2.5" thick ribeye steak, seasoned it up with kosher salt and pepper, and then on to the infrared sear she went.

After about 3 minutes (and one 45 degree turn for cross hatch marks) he placed the other side of the steak on the already ripping solid fuel insert which had been ignited with lump charcoal ten minutes prior. 

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Topics: alfresco solid fuel insert, Grill Review, Alfresco