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Review of Member’s Mark Professional 304 Grade Stainless Steel Grill

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Review: Member’s Mark Professional 304 Grade Stainless Steel Grill

Model #M3207ALP

SKU# 275587

I have not seen a review of this grill online, so I am taking the liberty to provide one, in case anyone else is looking at this grill. I had done a lot of research and comparisons but just stumbled across this one day at Sam’s Club. When I saw all its features, construction quality and price tag of $503 (regular price, new, in box), I bought it on the spot!

 

As the name implies, this grill is made of 304 grade stainless steel, and I confirmed that virtually the entire grill is non-magnetic. Just a couple of minor components such as the interior storage basket are magnetic.

 

Under the lid sit 3 stainless steel burners, an infrared searing burner, an infrared rotisserie burner, stainless steel cooking grids and a warming rack. The lid has double walls and a built-in thermometer. The right-side shelf has a side burner (of the gas-stove variety, with a flip-up cover) and the left-side shelf is just a shelf. Inside the cart is space for the LP tank (not included, $21) and a small chrome storage basket, where you can keep the included two-speed rotisserie and cover.

 

This is a 32”, 3-main-burner grill, with the following specs:

72,000 BTU total

(3) 12,000 BTU Main burners

12,000 BTU Infrared searing burner

12,000 BTU Infrared rotisserie burner

12,000 BTU Side burner

882 square inches cooking surface

 

The grill comes largely pre-assembled. The cart portion simply folds up and requires only four screws! The wheels come attached and the doors snap into place. Next you set the grill head, which is fully assembled, on top of the cart. This is the only step that requires a helper. Attach the two side shelves (4 screws each) and a couple of minor parts and you're ready to grill! Thoughtfully, all of the hardware is sealed on a clearly labeled bubble card, so you can easily find the parts. The assembly process took about an hour, much of that devoted to removing endless amounts of packing materials. As packaged, it weighs 251 lbs., but I would guess the grill alone weighs in at around 200 lbs. Amazingly, the whole box fit in the back of my Highlander. The photos below show the grill cart and head, and the hardware card.

Aesthetics are a matter of personal taste, but I find this a very attractive grill. The styling is clean and simple, with virtually everything made of unadorned shiny stainless steel. I like that “pure” look, without a lot of other colors or materials intruding. It sort of speaks for itself. It looks even better polished up with a coat of Stainless Steel Magic. The grill looks and feels sturdy to me. The build quality looks comparable to the Jenn-Air line, in my opinion. The steel has a nice smooth feel. Some of the lower-price grills have a much rougher feel. Run your hands over a Char-Broil and then a Jenn-Air next time you are at Lowe’s, and you will see what I’m talking about.

 

Grand Hall manufactures this grill and provides the support. The warranty, which you can only find in the manual inside the box, is as follows:

Full warranty on grill – 1 year (except for paint loss, rusting and ignitor battery)

Stainless steel parts and tube burners – 5 years no rust through

Casting – lifetime, 1 year paint

Cooking grids – 3 years no rust through

Savor plates – 5 years no rust through

Luckily I have not had to use it, but other posts on this forum generally suggest Grand Hall and Sam’s have good customer service.

 

And now for the big test…how does it cook? I cranked it up and easily reached 600+ degrees in under 10 minutes. The searing burner sears meats beautifully. I transfer them to the regular burners to finish cooking, and I use steak button thermometers to monitor their progress. This technique gives me consistently great results, with steaks cooked perfectly to order. I tried searing burgers, too, and was very happy with the outcome. Tests with hot dogs, fajitas, chicken and a rotisserie pork loin also yielded great results. I sauteed onions in a cast iron skillet on the side burner without any difficulty. Grilling vegetables to make roasted salsa was a smashing success. Performing all this intense field testing is, of course, quite a sacrifice, but I do it for the benefit of the group. :) Hmmm, I think I will have to do some more testing tonight. :)

 

The only problem I have found is with the thumb screw on the rotisserie. As the screw rotates it bumps the metal lip on the side of the grill. I solved this problem with a $2 steel spacer from the hardware aisle at Lowe’s. The pictures below should illustrate the problem and its solution.

 

In summary, this is an awesome grill at an awesome price. It is hard to find a grill made of all non-magnetic 304 stainless even near this price. I don’t see any shortcuts in construction quality or features, and the specifications and features exceed those of many comparable, but much more expensive grills.

 

Shop carefully, as Sam's has several models which look similar. Some are magnetic and have powder-coated panels in place of stainless on the sides and back. The grill selection at each store can vary and does not always correlate with their website, so you have to check your store.

 

Happy grilling, everyone. And now back to field testing….

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Review: Member’s Mark Professional 304 Grade Stainless Steel Grill

Model #M3207ALP

SKU# 275587

I have not seen a review of this grill online, so I am taking the liberty to provide one, in case anyone else is looking at this grill. I had done a lot of research and comparisons but just stumbled across this one day at Sam’s Club. When I saw all its features, construction quality and price tag of $503 (regular price, new, in box), I bought it on the spot!

 

As the name implies, this grill is made of 304 grade stainless steel, and I confirmed that virtually the entire grill is non-magnetic. Just a couple of minor components such as the interior storage basket are magnetic.

 

Under the lid sit 3 stainless steel burners, an infrared searing burner, an infrared rotisserie burner, stainless steel cooking grids and a warming rack. The lid has double walls and a built-in thermometer. The right-side shelf has a side burner (of the gas-stove variety, with a flip-up cover) and the left-side shelf is just a shelf. Inside the cart is space for the LP tank (not included, $21) and a small chrome storage basket, where you can keep the included two-speed rotisserie and cover.

 

This is a 32”, 3-main-burner grill, with the following specs:

72,000 BTU total

(3) 12,000 BTU Main burners

12,000 BTU Infrared searing burner

12,000 BTU Infrared rotisserie burner

12,000 BTU Side burner

882 square inches cooking surface

 

The grill comes largely pre-assembled. The cart portion simply folds up and requires only four screws! The wheels come attached and the doors snap into place. Next you set the grill head, which is fully assembled, on top of the cart. This is the only step that requires a helper. Attach the two side shelves (4 screws each) and a couple of minor parts and you're ready to grill! Thoughtfully, all of the hardware is sealed on a clearly labeled bubble card, so you can easily find the parts. The assembly process took about an hour, much of that devoted to removing endless amounts of packing materials. As packaged, it weighs 251 lbs., but I would guess the grill alone weighs in at around 200 lbs. Amazingly, the whole box fit in the back of my Highlander. The photos below show the grill cart and head, and the hardware card.

Aesthetics are a matter of personal taste, but I find this a very attractive grill. The styling is clean and simple, with virtually everything made of unadorned shiny stainless steel. I like that “pure” look, without a lot of other colors or materials intruding. It sort of speaks for itself. It looks even better polished up with a coat of Stainless Steel Magic. The grill looks and feels sturdy to me. The build quality looks comparable to the Jenn-Air line, in my opinion. The steel has a nice smooth feel. Some of the lower-price grills have a much rougher feel. Run your hands over a Char-Broil and then a Jenn-Air next time you are at Lowe’s, and you will see what I’m talking about.

 

Grand Hall manufactures this grill and provides the support. The warranty, which you can only find in the manual inside the box, is as follows:

Full warranty on grill – 1 year (except for paint loss, rusting and ignitor battery)

Stainless steel parts and tube burners – 5 years no rust through

Casting – lifetime, 1 year paint

Cooking grids – 3 years no rust through

Savor plates – 5 years no rust through

Luckily I have not had to use it, but other posts on this forum generally suggest Grand Hall and Sam’s have good customer service.

 

And now for the big test…how does it cook? I cranked it up and easily reached 600+ degrees in under 10 minutes. The searing burner sears meats beautifully. I transfer them to the regular burners to finish cooking, and I use steak button thermometers to monitor their progress. This technique gives me consistently great results, with steaks cooked perfectly to order. I tried searing burgers, too, and was very happy with the outcome. Tests with hot dogs, fajitas, chicken and a rotisserie pork loin also yielded great results. I sauteed onions in a cast iron skillet on the side burner without any difficulty. Grilling vegetables to make roasted salsa was a smashing success. Performing all this intense field testing is, of course, quite a sacrifice, but I do it for the benefit of the group. :) Hmmm, I think I will have to do some more testing tonight. :)

 

The only problem I have found is with the thumb screw on the rotisserie. As the screw rotates it bumps the metal lip on the side of the grill. I solved this problem with a $2 steel spacer from the hardware aisle at Lowe’s. The pictures below should illustrate the problem and its solution.

 

In summary, this is an awesome grill at an awesome price. It is hard to find a grill made of all non-magnetic 304 stainless even near this price. I don’t see any shortcuts in construction quality or features, and the specifications and features exceed those of many comparable, but much more expensive grills.

 

Shop carefully, as Sam's has several models which look similar. Some are magnetic and have powder-coated panels in place of stainless on the sides and back. The grill selection at each store can vary and does not always correlate with their website, so you have to check your store.

 

Happy grilling, everyone. And now back to field testing….

Grilling Rob ...

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

Thanks for the great review on the MM Grill ... its interesting that it was made by Grand Hall, as all the MM grills at my local Sam's are made by NexGrill. But, I didn't see your model at the local Sam's.

 

An innovative solution to the bushing thumb screw problem [common on most JA grills also] ... I corrected the problem by replacing the thumb screw with a SS allen set screw.

 

Glad you joined the forum and posted the informative review! I look forward to you posting some pictures of your grill creations! :)

 

BG in WV

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Grilling Rob ...

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

Thanks for the great review on the MM Grill ... its interesting that it was made by Grand Hall, as all the MM grills at my local Sam's are made by NexGrill. But, I didn't see your model at the local Sam's.

 

An innovative solution to the bushing thumb screw problem [common on most JA grills also] ... I corrected the problem by replacing the thumb screw with a SS allen set screw.

 

Glad you joined the forum and posted the informative review! I look forward to you posting some pictures of your grill creations! :)

 

BG in WV

 

Thanks! I don't know if this was a special purchase, or the last of an old lot, or what, as I have not seen it at other Sam's locations nor on the website.

 

By the way, the info on this site was extremely helpful when I was researching and shopping for my grill! So thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. If I come up with some really good food I'll post it!

 

Rob

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Thanks! I don't know if this was a special purchase, or the last of an old lot, or what, as I have not seen it at other Sam's locations nor on the website.

 

By the way, the info on this site was extremely helpful when I was researching and shopping for my grill! So thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts. If I come up with some really good food I'll post it!

 

Rob

Rob,

 

Please don't feel you need only post with "good" food! On these forums, ANY FOOD SHOTS are GOOD food! :) Have a nice Easter holiday!

 

Mike

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Hey Rob, I’m considering a MM 32" grill that looks like yours, sounds very similar but has a different model number,#843582 and decidedly diff price. Would you mind posting some more shots of the burners, particularly the searing burner? Is the cabinet entirely closed or partially open?

Here's the link to my thread, http://www.bbqsource-forums.com/invboard/i...?showtopic=2575

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Hey Rob, I’m considering a MM 32" grill that looks like yours, sounds very similar but has a different model number,#843582 and decidedly diff price. Would you mind posting some more shots of the burners, particularly the searing burner? Is the cabinet entirely closed or partially open?

Here's the link to my thread, http://www.bbqsource-forums.com/invboard/i...?showtopic=2575

 

Sure, I will take some when I get home and post them tonight or tomorrow. The grill you are looking at looks nearly identical to mine. The cabinet is fully enclosed, except for the vent holes and an opening across the back. I looked at the 843582 grill and thought it was pretty nice. The main differences between it and mine are:

  • The 843582 has a light on the rotisserie motor
  • The 843582 includes a griddle that goes over the side burner
  • The 843582 has powder-coated sides and back
  • As I recall, and my memory is fuzzy from too much grilling, the 843582 is magnetic...notice they do not say "304" anywhere in the copy

The price drops to $629 if you can pick it up at the store (vs. $763 delivered). (Try "change store" on the website until you find a store that has it in stock...Richland Hills, TX is one. But if you are in that area, head over to Grand Prairie and look at the 275587 model too.)

 

Please educate me...how is the sear burner different from a rotisserie burner, other than size and shape? I thought they were basically the same idea.

 

Hope you enjoy whatever grill you decide on.

 

Rob

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Sure, I will take some when I get home and post them tonight or tomorrow. The grill you are looking at looks nearly identical to mine. The cabinet is fully enclosed, except for the vent holes and an opening across the back. I looked at the 843582 grill and thought it was pretty nice. The main differences between it and mine are:

  • The 843582 has a light on the rotisserie motor
  • The 843582 includes a griddle that goes over the side burner
  • The 843582 has powder-coated sides and back
  • As I recall, and my memory is fuzzy from too much grilling, the 843582 is magnetic...notice they do not say "304" anywhere in the copy

The price drops to $629 if you can pick it up at the store (vs. $763 delivered). (Try "change store" on the website until you find a store that has it in stock...Richland Hills, TX is one. But if you are in that area, head over to Grand Prairie and look at the 275587 model too.)

 

Please educate me...how is the sear burner different from a rotisserie burner, other than size and shape? I thought they were basically the same idea.

 

Hope you enjoy whatever grill you decide on.

 

Rob

 

They're both ceramic infra red burners. The only difference is that the sear burner is under the grates and the rotisserie burner is on the back wall, the locations differing because of their different functions.

 

Shelly

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Hey Rob, I’m considering a MM 32" grill that looks like yours, sounds very similar but has a different model number,#843582 and decidedly diff price. Would you mind posting some more shots of the burners, particularly the searing burner? Is the cabinet entirely closed or partially open?

Here's the link to my thread, http://www.bbqsource-forums.com/invboard/i...?showtopic=2575

 

Here are shots of the searing burner, the rotisserie burner, a regular burners (flame tamers removed), and the back of the grill showing the 4" opening in the back of the cart. Pardon my dirt; I keep the grills and the outside clean, but don't do much inside the firebox! Hope this helps!

 

 

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Review: Member’s Mark Professional 304 Grade Stainless Steel Grill

Model #M3207ALP

SKU# 275587

......

 

The only problem I have found is with the thumb screw on the rotisserie. As the screw rotates it bumps the metal lip on the side of the grill. I solved this problem with a $2 steel spacer from the hardware aisle at Lowe’s. The pictures below should illustrate the problem and its solution.

 

In summary, this is an awesome grill at an awesome price. It is hard to find a grill made of all non-magnetic 304 stainless even near this price. I don’t see any shortcuts in construction quality or features, and the specifications and features exceed those of many comparable, but much more expensive grills.

 

......

Happy grilling, everyone. And now back to field testing….

Hi Grilling Rob,

 

Thanks for taking the time to review and also for the latter post on comparison to other models. This type of information is helpful to our readers in obtaining better information on the different grills.

 

A note on the brushing problem, Did you try reversing the bushing with the thumbscrew on the outside of the grill. On some of the grills, the bushing had to be placed in the opposit direction as to not interfere with the lip or hood.

 

As discussed by another posters, The JA did have the problem you posted, when the grill was redesigned, but the kit remained the same. The redesigned grill had a smaller gap in the lip than the original design.

 

Again welcome to the forum, Looking forward to pictures of your first cooking. :):)

 

Thanks,

 

Hike

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Here are shots of the searing burner, the rotisserie burner, a regular burners (flame tamers removed), and the back of the grill showing the 4" opening in the back of the cart. Pardon my dirt; I keep the grills and the outside clean, but don't do much inside the firebox! Hope this helps!

thnx for the pics and the info in your earlier post Rob! Hopefully will have time to do a little shopping this weekend.

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Hi Grilling Rob,

 

Thanks for taking the time to review and also for the latter post on comparison to other models. This type of information is helpful to our readers in obtaining better information on the different grills.

 

A note on the brushing problem, Did you try reversing the bushing with the thumbscrew on the outside of the grill. On some of the grills, the bushing had to be placed in the opposit direction as to not interfere with the lip or hood.

 

As discussed by another posters, The JA did have the problem you posted, when the grill was redesigned, but the kit remained the same. The redesigned grill had a smaller gap in the lip than the original design.

 

Again welcome to the forum, Looking forward to pictures of your first cooking. :):)

 

Thanks,

 

Hike

 

Thanks for the welcome, I am looking forward to being part of the group. :lol:

 

The bushing and the thumbscrew are two separate pieces. I looked at ways to put the thumbscrew on the outside, but if I do that, there is no tension to hold the spit rod in place. The thumbscrew will almost be working against holding the spit in place, and the spit will work its way out of its socket in the motor. This happened to me when I tried to use it without the thumbscrew. That led to me ruining a good pork roast and going out to buy the spacer. So I think this was a design oversight.

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Thanks for the welcome, I am looking forward to being part of the group. :P

 

The bushing and the thumbscrew are two separate pieces. I looked at ways to put the thumbscrew on the outside, but if I do that, there is no tension to hold the spit rod in place. The thumbscrew will almost be working against holding the spit in place, and the spit will work its way out of its socket in the motor. This happened to me when I tried to use it without the thumbscrew. That led to me ruining a good pork roast and going out to buy the spacer. So I think this was a design oversight.

 

I looked at this grill today at my local Sam's for a little over $500. It was listed as a "one-time" buy. It was mostly non-magnetic. Right next to it was another Member's Mark Grill for $630.00 that was magnetic, but had a few more "bells and whistles". I'm ready to buy and have been looking at these or the Charbroil Red. It looks like both of the Sam's grill are a lot more value for the price. I would have to spend $900 for the larger Red to get the same cooking area. Anybody have any comments on any of the three?

 

John

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I looked at this grill today at my local Sam's for a little over $500. It was listed as a "one-time" buy. It was mostly non-magnetic. Right next to it was another Member's Mark Grill for $630.00 that was magnetic, but had a few more "bells and whistles". I'm ready to buy and have been looking at these or the Charbroil Red. It looks like both of the Sam's grill are a lot more value for the price. I would have to spend $900 for the larger Red to get the same cooking area. Anybody have any comments on any of the three?

 

John

John ...

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

I was at Sam's Club on Saturday, and saw the MM for $630 http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate....&pCatg=3996

and one for $438 http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate....&pCatg=3996

but did not see the MM $500 Model.

 

What were its features?

 

BG in WV

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John ...

 

Welcome to the forum!

 

I was at Sam's Club on Saturday, and saw the MM for $630 http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate....&pCatg=3996

and one for $438 http://www.samsclub.com/shopping/navigate....&pCatg=3996

but did not see the MM $500 Model.

 

What were its features?

 

BG in WV

 

It is the same grill that Rob posted pictures and info on at the start of the thread. My local Sam's also had both the $438 and $630 grills, plus another larger grill with a built in oven (which is more than I'm looking for). The $503.00 grill doesn't appear to be on-line. I almost missed it since the $630.00 grill was a bit flashier.

 

Deciding on a new grill is turning out to be harder than deciding on a new car.

 

 

John

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It is the same grill that Rob posted pictures and info on at the start of the thread. My local Sam's also had both the $438 and $630 grills, plus another larger grill with a built in oven (which is more than I'm looking for). The $503.00 grill doesn't appear to be on-line. I almost missed it since the $630.00 grill was a bit flashier.

 

Deciding on a new grill is turning out to be harder than deciding on a new car.

 

 

John

John ...

 

Deciding on a new grill is FUN!! And will last longer than most new cars!

 

BG in WV

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