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Lightfoot 11-02-2011 07:26 AM

anyone build a Griddle for cooking?
Not sure if this is the right section (mods-move it if you think it fits better elsewhere), but i need some info.
I recently picked up a 3 foot commercial flat cooking griddle on a stainless steel table at an auction for cheap ($76). It's stainless, 5/8 inch plate. It was electric at one time (didn't work) but i removed all the heating elements and controls and am replacing them with propane burners, in order to make the unit portable. I have a pretty good idea how i'm gonna locate the controls and such, but i'm wondering how close to the bottom of the plate i need to position the propane burners in order to get the best even heat. I've Googled till i'm cross-eyed and can't seem to locate any info. has anyone done this, or have a griddle they could look at and give me an idea? If not, i guess i'll just make them adjustable till i find the best location before i lock them down. It's a winter project, but i'm ready to get started on it now and was hoping i could get some info here. I finally got all the baked on grease off of everything (what a job!) and now am ready to start assembly. The unit is probably 20 years old or more but in great shape once i got all the crud off. I can post pix later today if it helps, but i'm just looking for a starting point to locate the burners.

oh'mike 11-02-2011 07:39 AM

Those typically have two long burners under them (rather like the burners in a boiler)

What kind and shape of burner do you have? The out put would have a great deal to do with the distance below the steel plate.

If there is a commercial kitchen fabricator in your area---they often have a 'junk yard' where you might find the burners and controls you would need. Beware that these folks tend to think that the junk is made of gold.---Mike---

Lightfoot 11-02-2011 08:40 AM

as always, thanks for the reply:thumbsup:
I have not bought burners yet. I had thought about the long tube burners and also the H shaped burners. (i haven't bought either yet-but both are available locally). I was sort of leaning towards the H shaped burners, because they would give me more "zone" heat control and i could regulate the heat better for different temps on different areas of the griddle, since they have a wider flame pattern. Can you think of any reason why i shouldn't go with the H shape?
I haven't been able to find any info locally-----yet, but i'm still looking.
I was hoping maybe someone here had done what i'm thinking of doing.
thanks again for replying!

oh'mike 11-03-2011 06:50 AM

The burners you are thinking of are the ones typically used for a BBQ grill?

I think that should work----

Even heat is the whole object---If you could cannibalize a high end grill with multiple controls the job could be done quickly.

Start trying to convince your friends that they need a new grill!!

Lightfoot 11-03-2011 07:37 AM

yep, those are the ones.
I'm thinkin that may be the best and least expensive (OK---cheapest) route to go.:laughing:
I'm thinking of mounting them about 3 inches below the griddle plate would work, so when turned to high-- the flame tip would be right below the bottom of the plate. I guess i'm just looking for suggestions, but does this sound logical to you?

thanks again!

oh'mike 11-03-2011 07:57 AM

Sounds like the way I'd try it.

If you could play with the elevation before fixing it permanently--all the better.

I'd be looking for an old grill to cannibalize for the controls.

Lightfoot 11-05-2011 08:27 AM


Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 762873)
I'd be looking for an old grill to cannibalize for the controls.

the search has already started, my friend:thumbup:

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