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If you're in the market for a Lynx luxury outdoor kitchen - odds are you've come across the two burner types Lynx offer in their grills.
The first is Lynx's patented Trident Infrared Burner, which utilizes infrared technology to heat food on the grill grate. The second burner type is a commercial grade ceramic burner.
On most Lynx grill models, you can choose all ceramic burners, all infrared burners, or a combination of both. We've created this resource to help you decide which configuration is best for your needs.
While there are many features specific to Lynx's burners, it's helpful to take a quick look at the inherent differences between infrared and ceramic grill burners.
Infrared burners utilize infrared heat waves that directly heat your food - which allows these burners to perform magnificently in windy or colder climates relative to traditional burners. Further, the temperature on infrared grills can generally be set with more precision than a traditional burner.
Ceramic burners are the highest performing and most durable type of traditional grill burner. Traditional burners heat the air in your grill, which in turn cooks your food. Ceramic is a great insulator and generally distributes heat more evenly than other burner materials like stainless steel or cast aluminum.
Ceramic is generally thought to be superior to metals because it expands and contracts less with use - which loosens bonds and negatively impacts performance over time.
Lynx utilizes commercial and kiln grade cordierite ceramic to manufacture their burners - which are designed to perform consistently over thousands of heating cycles.
Each Lynx ceramic burner comes at a BTU rating of 25,000, which is a high heat rating but doesn't necessarily pop off of the charts compared to some other outdoor kitchen brands.
The reason is that these burners are extremely efficient in terms of heat output, so extra BTU's are not needed to achieve scorching hot and consistent temperatures.
To facilitate further consistency and ensure no hot or cold spots on the grill surface, optional Lynx ceramic radiant briquettes can be placed over your ceramic burners for a perfectly even heat zone across the entire cooking grate.
These ceramic grill burners will certainly cut down on the amount of time that you’ll need to clean after you have used them.
Essentially, all you need to do is run a heating cycle on high, and the grill burners will burn off and self clean. Same goes for the ceramic briquette trays - all you need to do is turn them upside down over the burners on high for about 5 minutes.
This is great if you have been grilling all day and you don’t necessarily want to spend another half hour wiping down your grill.
Another great feature of this grill is the fact that it will not corrode, even after you expose it to acidic foods over a long period.
This will be great if you like to soak your foods in BBQ sauces and marinades, which will inevitably drip down onto your ceramic grill. Over a long period of time, the non-corrosive nature of these burners makes a huge difference!
As mentioned, these burners utilize infrared heating technology to cook your food - here is a closer look at the features specific to Lynx's Trident Infrared burners!
You can precisely hold temperature with this infrared heater from 300 degrees to a whopping 1000 degrees. Best of all, temperature changes on the heater are practically instantaneous after you turn the burner control on your grill.
You can see how this functionality opens up a world of possibilities - which is why it's a preferred method of cooking by professional chefs across the globe.
Infrared grilling is already a fuel efficient method of cooking. Lynx's Trident Infrared burners have a heat output of only 23,000 BTUs - yet still can reach a temperature output up to 1,000ºF.
All things equal, Trident infrared burners will perform more consistently than their ceramic counterparts in windy and cold conditions due to the way infrared technology works.
With that said, Trident burners tend to be the burner of choice for those installing their grill in a high-exposure area.
The big question! If you are torn, the good news is Lynx offers multiple configurations of burners on almost all of their grill models.
You can opt for all Trident Infrared burners, all ceramic burners, or a combination of both. The combination configuration usually features a Trident Infrared burner on the right side of the grill - and the rest ceramic burners.
As we have seen, three are plenty of perks to both of these types of burners.
Ultimately, it all comes down to what you want for your set up. At the end of the day, each of Lynx's burner types are the best of the best - and you can't go wrong with either.
We hope this resource has helped - reach out to our experts if you have any further questions about Lynx grills.