Keep the lid closed.
"When you're lookin' you're not cookin'!
Because the Holland Grill uses indirect, radiant heat much like a convection oven, you must keep the lid CLOSED while your food is cooking. The more you open the lid, the more heat you let escape from the grill and the longer it will take your food to get done. Of course you have to open the grill to turn items like burgers, steaks, pork chops, etc. but don't leave the lid open for any longer than necessary. Remember, with the Holland Grill and its unique no flare-up design, you're cooking by time--not by watching your food catch on fire as it does on ordinary gas grills. Keep the lid CLOSED and go do something fun!