This thread is in response to MReynolds pm about modifying the Big Easy gas grill by Charbroil. I thought I’d post it on the board incase anyone else was interested.
Her is how I did it:
I removed the three plates that were covering the burners and replaced them with one long grate. The grate has a solid piece of metal that extends along the entire center of the grate. Another word, it completely covers all three burners and protect them from food drippings. I bought it at Home Depot for $12.00. I also placed a disposable aluminum grill topper (perforated) over the grate, and then I placed few ceramic briquettes on top of it. The foil sheet has three functions: 1- it acts as heat deflector, 2- it act as flavor enhancer (when the food drippings hit it, they evaporate and create a lot of smoke), 3- it makes cleaning so much easier. The sheet keep a lot of mess off of the bottom of the grill and once it’s dirty, I just replace it. Here is the link for the source: http://18.104.22.168/grill-topper.html
Also I found the briquettes to be very helpful; they distribute the heat more evenly and also help in creating more smoke and flavor. Every since I made these mods, I’ve been getting so much searing power out of it. And the grill heats up so much faster. Also I added two warming racks to it. They were designed for an earlier model, but they fit on it perfectly. My grill did not come with a side burner, but I really didn’t need one anyway (my other gas grill has one). See pix for details. Please let me know if you have any questions. I’ve used this grill for two years, and I pretty much know everything about it.