Your Saffire grill’s design and construction also provides you with superior air control and the flexibility to smoke “low and slow” without a deflector for a more flame-kissed flavor. Try both styles and pick your favorite!
- Make sure you have enough lump charcoal in your firebox. Think about your Saffire Grill as a controlled camp fire. What kind of fire are you trying to build? Arrange the lump in your firebox to build a big fire, and fill the firebox to the brim. Visit the Saffire video page and watch the How to Light your Saffire Grill video for details on lighting.
- Check to see if your fuel is dry. Think of lump charcoal like you would wood. Wood can hold moisture in even when it looks dry. The same is true of lump charcoal. Make sure you store your charcoal away from the elements, preferably in an air tight, sealed container.
- Clear the air holes in your firebox of leftover lump or ashes to ensure proper air flow.
- Take a look at your temperature gauge. Contact the Saffire team if it is not reading correctly on the grill or after the “boil test”.
- Make sure not to let your grill get too hot. Also see "How Hot is Too Hot for My Saffire?"
For grills with fire grates that hold the charcoal in the firebox, never let the ash build up enough to reach the fire grate. Cutting off some of the air from the bottom of the charcoal makes it burn insanely hot, which can permanently damage your fire grate.
However, if you have bamboo side shelves, we do recommend either covering them up or taking them off and storing them in a dry location when you aren't grilling. This will prevent a moldy/mossy build-up on the wood surface.
However, please note that if you have bamboo side shelves, we do recommend either covering them up or taking them off and storing them in a dry location when you aren't grilling. This will prevent a moldy/mossy build-up on the wood surface.
Here is how you can transport your grill, even if it's an XL.
First remove the internal components and Side Shelves.
- Take the Side Shelves off, wrap them in padding and put them in the transport vehicle.
- Lift out the Cooking Grid and support rack and set them aside.
- Lift out the Ceramic Fire Ring and place it in the vehicle.
- Lift out the Ceramic Firebox and place it inside the Fire Ring.
- Put the support rack and cooking grids right on top of the Firebox and Fire Ring.
Now remove the grill head from the grill cart. You can use gloves or padding to lift the grill by the side shelf brackets, or one person can grab the hinge and the other person can hold it by the air control at the bottom. Lift the Grill out of the cart and place it in the vehicle. Put the cart in the vehicle as well. You can put the interior components back in the grill if you need the space.
Finally, make sure there is padding and/or support around the grill in case someone slams on the brakes or pops a wheelie on the way. You should also ensure that the firebox isn't sitting on any edge, like a seat, unsupported.
This is how we do it (although we usually avoid doing those wheelies).