Monday, November 13, 2006

Solaire Anywhere Igniter Issues at Altitude?

QUESTION: My Solaire Anywhere worked fine until I moved from Louisiana to Denver. Does the higher altitude have an effect?

ANSWER: Not at 5000 feet. We have successfully used the Solaire Anywhere at over 10,000 feet. Please try the following actions:

1) Shake out any debris that is left inside the burner from use.

2) Inspect the burner port holes to make sure they are all clear. Open any clogged ones with a small twist drill or wire.

3) Observe the spark to ensure it is between the electrodes, and if not, make adjustments as needed.

4) Ensure the battery in the igniter is fresh.

5) Allow a bit more time from when you turn on the gas to when you push the igniter, so as to allow the burner to be filled with gas.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Insulated Jackets for Combustible Grill Islands

QUESTION: Do you have liners to install your 30" grill and dual side burner into a wood cabinet?

ANSWER: Yes, we have insulated jackets for the grills so they may be installed in combustible islands. They are top-supporting, self-trimming, just like our grills. The cut-out dimensions for the insulated jackets are specified at The insulated jacket is placed in this cut-out, then the grill is placed in the opening of the insulated jacket.

The model number for the 30” is SOL-IRIJ-30.

An insulated jacket is not necessary for the side burner. All of the heat is above the surface of the island, and insufficient heat to create a hazard is conducted through the stainless steel to the edges that support the side burner in the island.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Solaire Anywhere Blowing out from Wind

My brother has a Solaire Anywhere, which he loves. He uses it on his boat on Lake Michigan, but occaisionally has the burner cut out, most likely from wind. Any solution?

Infrared grills do not have the vaporizer plates or other flame-spreading devices to protect the burner from the elements. While this is a disadvantage against wind, it is an advantage for grilling, as the high direct heat gives unmatched grilling performance.

Other than reorienting the grill with regard to the wind, I have no other solution. Since IR grills grill so fast, you need to keep an eye on the food closely, and the potential for blowing out by wind is another reason to be vigilant.

Sorry I do not have a magic silver bullet solution, but try as we want, we can't cure every issue.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Rasmussen Receives Trademark Registration for Solaire®

On August 29, 2006, the United States Patent and Tradmark Office issued to Rasmussen Iron Works, Inc., Registration No. 3,135,703 for the trademark Solaire in Class 11 (for gas grills). We are authorized to use the ® symbol with Solaire to give notice of our ownership of this mark. The Certificate of Registration we received constitutes valuable intellectual property for Rasmussen. We will use the ® symbol in the first use in a document to evidence our ownership, such as:


Solaire® Infrared Grills

Solaire® Infrared Grilling Systems

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Can I use Solaire® Infrared Burners In Another Brand of Grill?

Question: Could I use one of your Infrared Conversion burners for one of the 3 conventional burners in my Jenn Aire 30" Propane Grill?

Answer: Honestly, I have no idea if it would either fit or work. We have built a whole grill around our infrared burners. There are many relationships that come into play with regard to the orifice size, bracketing of the burner, distance from burner surface to grilling grids, firebox size, etc. I know nothing about the Jenn Aire design. Besides these, a common problem in the gas grill industry is that virtually all other manufacturers who say they offer infrared have taken their conventional grills and merely placed IR burners in them, but have not taken into account the critical design issues needed to ensure proper grilling outcome with infrared. Solaire is one of only two grill lines in which the grills were designed from the ground up to be infrared grills (TEC is the other). Rasmussen has addressed these issues thoroughly in our Solaire grill models.

A better alternative to allow you to enjoy the benefits of infrared with your Jenna Aire grill is to purchase our Solaire Anywhere Portable Infrared grill ( ). You would sear n the Solaire Anywhere, then transfer the food to the lower heat of the Jenn Aire to finish it off. This high heat sear, low heat finish is my favorite technique that I use on my 42” Solaire Infrared Grill. The key is the high heat sear, which locks in the juices and results in a more succulent and tasty grilled food that any conventional grill alone can deliver.

Happy Grilling!

Welcome To Our New Solaire® Infrared Grills Blog!

Welcome to our new blog for Solaire® Infrared Grills. I created this blog as a means of sharing the many questions we receive about Solaire® Infrared Grills, infrared burners, grilling with infrared, the grill industry and grilling in general. We invite you to view our quality USA-made (Whittier, CA) line of Solaire®Infrared Grills at

Please also visit our corporate site,, where you may learn more about our 99-year-old family business, our Rasmussen vented gas log sets, Chillbuster vent-free gas log sets, and our modern alternatives to traditional gas log (FireBalls, FireShapes and FireStones).

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