Topic Title: Cooking during winter
Created on May 30, 2009 at 11:00 PM

Angie

Does anyone have trouble keeping the temp up while cooking during the winter?

Skip

I've had some trouble cooking in cold weather. Two things that seem to affect the grill temp. is wind and cooking after the sun has set. During daylight hours and on a sunny day, seems to work the best for me.

TerryO

I live in Minnesota. No problems here! Just have to make sure you preheat. It may take a few minutes longer to preheat and cook, but same great results year round!

Sean

When cooking in winter I cover one of the smoke vents with aluminum foil and man it sure does bring that temp on up in a hurry.

Pepper

Sean, I'm sure someone will post to inform you that disrupting the air flow can be a safety hazzard. So, that may work, but it may not be 'safe' !

I live in the north and am looking at grills. I am a bit worried about the Holland's performance in colder weather, especially with not having a high/med/low temp setting (seems like its obvious for extremly hot days and extremely cold days). I think Holland needs to add that feature or have a double layer of metal to help retain heat, especially in the cold, while also cutting the operating costs.


Jeff R

I use mine all year round, and on windy days or cold winter days, I just plan on 15-30 minutes more warm up time. Note to Pepper, it doesn't need adjustable temperature. You just let it warm up and cook by time. I though so to, before I had mine. The Holland Grill is unique and you don't need to reinvent the wheel. It works!

the demonstrator

Let's get rid of all the wrong answers about grilling in the winter. First of all the new grills are plenty hot and the cold weather will not effect your cooking time by more than a couple of minutes. Also pay no attention to your thermometer on the top of your grill since it is located between the two stacks, which draws cold air over the stem of the thermometer and does not give a proper reading. If you want a proper reading, put an oven thermometer on your grid. Also the main thing to remember about cooking in the winter is place your food on quickly and do not leave the grill open for a long period of time. Same with turning of your food. Please do not place anything over the stacks as this can cause a combustion or a lack of air flow and reduce your flame until it goes out. Then, on a relight you could have an awful lot of propane build-up.

curt

I cook during the winter months all the time and I just adjust my time to 5 minutes longer per lb than what the mfg recommends. This includes turkeys, chickens, roasts etc.

trisha

No problems cooking in the winter here in Delawhere!

laverned1

We are in Nebraska and find our grill almost unusable in winter & when the wind blows. I just cleaned the entire grill including the orifice, hose, and all metal parts. We bought a tradition LS in 2005. I am fixing to get in touch with Holland for possible solutions. This site talks about orifices but sounds like our grill already has the correct one, Our dealer when we questioned him said that he widhed they would come out with a bigger orifice. Yes it will cook but takes way to long. I tested it the last two days at 20 degrees & 0 degrees. It gets to the same temp.(350) on the outer thermometer but only 360 inside at 20 degrees and 325 inside @ 0 degrees outside temp. I don't want to condemn Holland until I get a chance to talk to them & see what they have to say for a remedy. Their customer service was great on a previous unrelated problem.

DonnaBill

We live in Montana and it is also really cold here. We live on a lake and it's always windy. My husband built a wind screen to block the wind and that works great. Also, 350 degrees is perfect for cooking the4 big stuff like turkeys and chickens. We just bought the searmate accessory to sear steaks quickly...works great, even in cold weather. You might want to try that.

Dan

I noticed any wind here in MN, especially when it's cold out, really affects mine too, but it did with every grill I have had. Still the best cooking grill I have ever used.

Everett & Debbie

Southern Illinois, where the weather changes every 15 minutes! Our grill is 15 yrs old, and yes the wind
blows it out every now & then and we've changed the orfice but only after many years of great service. I
just try to remember to allow extra cooking time for preheat and cooking when it is really cold, and I move the grill to face a different direction on really windy days! The end result taste wise is always worth the effort. Beats all other grills on the market! Hang in there.

Philly

29 degrees and snowing...Prime rib and turkey about to come off!!! Cooks just fine for me in the winter!!

Bob in Wichita

The colder it gets the harder it is for LP to convert to a gas in the bottle. Put bottle in warmer spot out side 12hrs. before cooking. Then cover bottle with old blanket after you re-connect.

Jil

Sean, covering the vents with foil will also negate your warrenty. When it is windy, we block the wind to the bottom of the Companion. Our Heritage on our deck...I use 2 coffee cans with bottom cut out. It doesnt block air flow, but keeps it a few seconds longer when air is windy.