The Bottom Line
When TEC's infrared grill patents expired, Rasmussen Iron Works, makers of fireplace inserts and various gas-powered appliances, jumped into the infrared grill market with their Solaire line. High end, professional gas grill, the Solaire line offers the traditional ceramic infrared technology alongside conventional burners. The selling point of this product line is the infrared, but most high-end grills these days offer the same options as well as little things like internal lights.
This leaves Solaire a little behind in the grill world.
- Large cooking area
- Option to turn it into a completely infrared grill
- Swappable burners for versatility
- Very high heat output
- Limited features
- Ceramic infrared burners are fragile
- Two 27,500 BTU W-Shape stainless steel tubular burners and one 27,500 BTU infrared sear burner
- 667 square inches of primary cooking area for a total cooking area of 1027 square inches
- 82,500 BTU maximum output from the two main and one infrared sear burner
- 18,000 BTU rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner with full rotisserie kit
- Welded stainless steel V-shaped cooking grates
- 304 stainless steel, seamless construction
- Convertible between propane and natural gas with additional equipment
- Electronic (AA-Battery) ignition
- Made in the United States
As one of the first companies to jump on the infrared bandwagon after TEC lost their patents, Solaire promises lots of power and versatility.
Their great innovation was to offer infrared in conjunction with standard burners. This is important since this type of infrared can be powerful, but not as good at holding lower temperatures. By providing both options Solaire grills offer the best of both worlds. But then infrared burners are now an option on many higher end gas grills.
This gas grill is customizable based on how many standard (or as they call them convention burners), and ceramic type infrared burners the grill has. These burners can be swapped out pretty easily so it is possible to have spares allowing this grill to be adjusted to your needs at the time. It is important to point out that ceramic infrared burners can be fragile so handling and storage does require care. There is also a rotisserie burner option, but when buying it should be decided carefully whether or not to add it in. A rear mounted infrared rotisserie burner cannot be added after the fact.
Over the years, there hasn't been a lot of change with Solaire grills. While other manufacturers have improved the design, added lights and illuminated control panels, this Solaire grill is pretty much what it was a decade ago. Solaire does offer a wide range of outdoor kitchen products to go with this built-in grill, but other companies offer more.