Great forum and very informative. I am going to order a new Fire Magic Echelon 36" model on cart. It has 3 main burners (75,000 btu's), 1 IR rotis burner and a smoker burner. I can switch out one of the main burners for an IR burner for FREE. I am on the fence as too whether get the sear burner. Any Fire Magic owners or anyone with an IR sear burner out there that perhaps could shed some light on how well the sear burner works? How well does this bbq sear without IR? The burner does take up 1/3 of the real estate of the grill. I am told this grill gets plenty hot to sear without an IR burner. If I get the IR burner will I sacrifice even heat distribution not having the 3rd regular burner? (it does have zone divider plates) will the side with the IR burner create a cold spot?. Is the burner adjustable for heat, what temperature range does it have? To sear or not to sear??? I do cook plenty of steak, chicken, fish, veggies and regular burger fare. Any advice or opinions please.