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    Default Made your own electric grill? After 3 imports ones I want to make one.

    The Sanyo grills sage in the center and the connections corrode from too much current.
    They are designed to wear out shortly after the manufac. warranty expires.

    Has anyone milled out a pattern in solid material and strapped calrod or something to heat the plate?
    Or maybe use stainless bars with 1/4" spacing? Not sure just yet how I would heat the bar. The preliminary
    study shows that I start with 120Vac and connect that to something, which is connected to the stainless
    cooking grid.

    If you did this, what material?

    I have some used calrod heat elements. Can they be bent? They could be strapped to the underside of a nicely
    milled out grill. The Sanyo grill has what looks like a calrod element that snakes it's way around the grill
    bottom. I should not have thrown out grills 1 & 2, could have salvaged the calrods.

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    I understand that calrods can be bent to shape, gentle factory type curves. But only one time and never after getting hot. How do you think they bend them at the factory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rons View Post
    If you did this, what material?
    George Foreman, and I don't care if they only last two weeks, Big George deserves every penny I can send his way.

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    WTF is an electric grill good for? Calrods are good for starting charcoal grills if you have one of those. We use a chimney thingy with newspaper to start ours. Otherwise MAN was put on earth to cook outside with FIRE. With a beer in his hand. Sorry, electric grill sounds like a whole lot of bad food. Oh, don't forget to use Free Range Charcoal.

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    wattco sells cast iron plates with encased cal rod. also sandwiched cal rod. https://1lw1tk46gr9aum2ilzzghvk5-wpe..._256131245.pdf

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    I have a stainless electric frying pan made by farberware, its a fairly heavy duty thing from the 80s. The kind of thing you would see in a thrift store and think nothing of it. I have used it to cook just about everything, and heats up really fast. It just has a cal type rod under a stainless pan, with a dial that goes from 150 degrees to 450.

    The oven is electric, does that make food taste shitty? heat is heat...

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    Mcmaster.com has " tubular heat elements ".

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmanuelGoldstein View Post
    George Foreman, and I don't care if they only last two weeks, Big George deserves every penny I can send his way.
    Breaking news report: Georgie poo is just a Front Man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scruffy887 View Post
    WTF is an electric grill good for? Calrods are good for starting charcoal grills if you have one of those. We use a chimney thingy with newspaper to start ours. Otherwise MAN was put on earth to cook outside with FIRE. With a beer in his hand. Sorry, electric grill sounds like a whole lot of bad food. Oh, don't forget to use Free Range Charcoal.
    I stopped the charcoal stuff years ago/ To much trouble. A grill with a tray underneath is going to work but not allow those tasty bits
    of burnt wood to flavor your roasted carrots.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rons View Post
    Breaking news report: Georgie poo is just a Front Man.
    I know but I don't care. He gets a portion. Heavyweight champion of the world at age 45, plus this ...

    https://youtu.be/PhSqgGRag_g

    Insane

    He can have my fifty cents ....

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    Have you checked with the fine folks over at "Presto" ?

    Looks like everything is imported now, but it wouldn't hurt to check.

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    A grill that heats up and cools like a Metcal soldering iron. And it should have stainless rods for the grill. What grade?

    If I could get stainless rods with a R value that is high enough to heat the metal when AC is applied across an array of 3/8 diameter rods 24" long.
    No chance about the R value being high. What about a high RF generator that safely skin-effects the heck out of the metal grill.
    Stuff won't taste as good as charcoal grill but I'm after a grill for outdoor use with no smoke.

    The import grills are cast alum with a heating element. Then there is a coating on the Alum that probably gets burnt off.

    Cheap approach not muck better than the imports:
    Mill out slots in a Alum slab. Then routing out a path for a heating element on the underside of the slab.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rons View Post
    A grill that heats up and cools like a Metcal soldering iron. And it should have stainless rods for the grill. What grade?

    If I could get stainless rods with a R value that is high enough to heat the metal when AC is applied across an array of 3/8 diameter rods 24" long.
    No chance about the R value being high. What about a high RF generator that safely skin-effects the heck out of the metal grill.
    Stuff won't taste as good as charcoal grill but I'm after a grill for outdoor use with no smoke.

    The import grills are cast alum with a heating element. Then there is a coating on the Alum that probably gets burnt off.

    Cheap approach not muck better than the imports:
    Mill out slots in a Alum slab. Then routing out a path for a heating element on the underside of the slab.
    How about ditching the slab altogether, and using the calrods as the grilling bars ?

    Or, following the presto hot dog cooker, having no heating elements, place stainlees bars maybe 1" apart, insulated from grill body, put 120 vac on the bars, have the shut off power when using tongs/spatula.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    place stainlees bars maybe 1" apart, insulated from grill body, put 120 vac on the bars
    For faster cooking, you could run it on 440

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmanuelGoldstein View Post
    For faster cooking, you could run it on 440
    3-phase.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by digger doug View Post
    3-phase.....
    Only if you are lucky enough to have it of course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve-l View Post
    Only if you are lucky enough to have it of course.
    Kalifornia has it in homes in some area's, search out Billd's posting.

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    When you say "grill" do you actually mean a grill or an electric griddle. There are several manufacturers of 220v griddles the size of a stovetop for commercial use.

    There are also heavy duty electric grills such as this counter top model, but as you can see from the price they aren't cheap.

    E2412 EmberGlo - Char-Broiler, Electric, counter model, 12" wide | JES

    I wouldn't that used models are available at much lower price as restaurants many times change their equipment as their needs change.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scottl View Post
    When you say "grill" do you actually mean a grill or an electric griddle. There are several manufacturers of 220v griddles the size of a stovetop for commercial use.

    There are also heavy duty electric grills such as this counter top model, but as you can see from the price they aren't cheap.

    E2412 EmberGlo - Char-Broiler, Electric, counter model, 12" wide | JES

    I wouldn't that used models are available at much lower price as restaurants many times change their equipment as their needs change.
    OOOH....It'a available in 3-phase....

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    I prefer a vintage General Electric Grill/Wafflebaker. Lest you think I don't know how to spell, see:



    Mine isn't quite as fast as the George Foreman it replaced. But it works flawlessly and it makes waffles!

    Plus, its shell is chrome plated steel. Find that nowadays! And, they go for peanuts on ebay.

    metalmagpie


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