Frequently Asked Questions
We strongly recommend the Bernz-O-Matic TS8000 for maximum output. It provides 14,282 Btu per hour (with propane). The Searzall also fits the TS4000. We don't recommend it for Iwatani butane torches yet - we are working on a specialized tank clamp to provide the required stability.Last updated:
We only recommend using 16.4 ounce camping tanks of propane. Thinner cylinders are not stable enough.Last updated:
With the recommended Bernz-O-Matic TS8000 the Searzall will run for an hour and 45 minutes on a 16.4 ounce tank. That is a lot of toasted cheese.Last updated:
Kitchen equipment is inherently dangerous. Knives are sharp; torches are hot. The Searzall has safety features built in to mitigate potential injuries, but it uses a very hot flame -- so use common sense.Last updated:
That depends. We usually sear steaks from 1-2 minutes per side. Foie gras is done in under 30 seconds per side. Bread toasts in 30 seconds or less. The Searzall's heat is powerful,but its cone is small. You won't use it to sear 50 steaks at once, but you'll love it for two or three at a time. We have put out a plated dinner for twelve using 2 Searzalls (double fisting).Last updated:
Watch this simple how-to video!
A couple seconds. Here is a video:
We would love to, but the Iwatani has several features that make it very difficult for us to support.
The Searzall cone was, in fact, designed to fit the Iwatani, and the Searzall runs on the Iwatani like a champ. Now the problems. The torches we recommend have triggers that control both the gas and the ignitor. Press button: get fire. Release button: turn off fire. On the Iwatani you have to turn on the gas, then pull the trigger, to ignite. When you release the trigger, the flame persists till you turn off the gas valve. This is not ideal for Searzall use. More alarming:
•The Iwatani fastens to the butane bottle via a quarter turn adapter with no lock. We don't like that
•The air intake adjust is very easy to accidentally mis-adjust
•The piezo ignitor is exposed at the end of the flame tube and tends to melt when using the Searzall making it necessary to light the Iwatani with a second flame source
•Even not attached to a Searzall the end of the flame tube tends to cherry up. This is exacerbated by the Searzall. The Iwatani also has flamelets that come of the end of the flame tube that tend to lap on the back of the Searzall cone. To fix this we'd have to enlarge the inlet hole, which would increase backwards radiation, furthering the problem of melting the ignitor.
In short, we can fix the quarter turn fastener problem, but we could only support the Iwatani by telling you we are going to ruin the piezo ignitor, and we aren't willing to do that.Last updated:
Sure! Check out the video:
What are the performance differences of the Searzall when used with different torches and gasses? Will it work on my torch with my gas?
We have made a video comparing searing a raw hamburger with the Bernzomatic TS4000 and TS8000 using both propane and MAP//Pro (propylene, real MAPP no longer available) and, for reference, the Iwatani running on butane. Everything was seared "to eye" just as you would do it at home. Interestingly, the Map//pro provided very little speed advantage on the TS8000, but a significant advantage on the TS4000.
We will post a list of all torches we have specifically investigated. For us to officially support a particular torch, we would need to test it. In general, torches need to meet some fundamental requirements:
•Have an equivalent power between the Bernzomatic TS4000 and TS8000 (Btu's don't really tell the story, but for some idea, the TS8000 burns 14282 Btu's of propane per hour, the TS4000 burns 6732 Btu's of propane according to Bernzomatic) and an equivalent flame shape.
•Combination trigger gas valve and ignition.
•Nozzle diameter between 0.625 inches (15.9mm) and 0.610 inches (15.5mm) at the point of clamping (smaller sizes could possibly be adapted) OR between 0.872 inches (22.15mm) and 0.856 inches (21.75mm) at point of clamping.
•Minimum clampable nozzle length measured from end of nozzle: 1.73 inches (44mm).
•Operate properly at an angle that places the Searzall screen parallel to a horizontal surface.
•Be stableLast updated:
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