[attachment=3455:IMGP2828.JPG] [attachment=3454:IMGP2832.JPG]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 Samís 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 32Ē, 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.
[attachment=3451:IMGP2823.JPG][attachment=3457:IMGP2824.JPG]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 ďpureĒ 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 Loweís, and you will see what Iím 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 Ė 1 year (except for paint loss, rusting and ignitor battery)
Stainless steel parts and tube burners Ė 5 years no rust through
Casting Ė lifetime, 1 year paint
Cooking grids Ė 3 years no rust through
Savor plates Ė 5 years no rust through
And now for the big testÖhow 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 Loweís. 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 donít 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 testingÖ.