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How do I use the broiler of my Maytag smooth top range?

I haven't broiled in a while and I forgot how to? I know I use the broiling rack on the top shelf of the oven. But is there a temp setting?

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No temp setting other then "high" or "low" depending on model, set to broil and keep an eye on it, only take but a few mins

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