Foil the heat deflector

Kimw

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Hi all. Do you/should you cover the heat deflector with aluminum foil?
 

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Not sure what model you have but if I did that, I would be covering the slotted heat shield that allows for searing. I have the Classic model. I use that searing feature on occasion.
 

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Mine is not slotted, it is a single piece (an older model). Even if it was I would still cover it in foil unless I had plans to sear a steak.
 

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I have the slotted head deflector, with the additional piece on top. I foil both of them after every cook. Even so, there is some cleaning to do underneath, as that is where the fire / soot end up.

Tonight we did hamburgers, and I used the pit boss for searing. After 1 hour in hickory smoke, I used a kitchen knife to cut the foil in above the slots, turned it way up, and got the flame going pretty good.
 

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