All electric Barbecues use what is termed hysteresis control, meaning the power is either on or off depending on the thermostat/thermocouple reading.

The speed of the operation is dependent on the size of the temperature drop when the Barbecue plate is loaded with food.  A quick, substantial drop will activate the power to the element which must heat itself before heating the plate.  Barbecues that contain an insulated 240 volt element have a protective sheath which slows down the heating process.  

Greenplate’s® Inbench Barbecue Unit with a Patented non-insulated element, heats to red hot in seconds not minutes.

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