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Still working great after a year...and now after 3 years..and now after 5 years.
on February 7, 2011
Had this grill for a year so far and I wanna address some points people brought up:
"Cleaning it is a pain" - Not really. In fact, it's pretty easy since the grates come off and the infrared panels come out too. I clean it after every use and is very easy. I could see it becoming a pain if you: use lots of sweet/syrupy sauces and NEVER clean it. Then yes, things could get crusty. If you don't have time to clean it after EVERY use, just leave it on high heat for about 10 min after cooking and all the crud brushes off pretty easily.
"It Rusts" - Still no problem here. If you don't clean it, let it sit in the rain, and never treat the grates, yes, you will get rust just like every grill. If you take care of the grates by wiping them/spraying them with vegetable oil after every other use, they will hold up just fine. Same with the infrared panels. If you keep your grill outside...clean it, oil it, COVER IT.
"Flair-ups still happen" - No. They don't. This is one thing that I really like about this grill. No matter how many greasy burgers you have going, you don't have to worry about opening the lid and being surprised with a huge bon fire. This grill doesn't "catch on fire" like others.
My Thoughts: The only reason I'm not giving this a full five stars is because of two things:
First: it takes about 10-15min to get it hot enough to start cooking...which is pretty standard for most grills. However, Some people say that it can't produce a good sear. If you want something seared, best to wait over 20min...it works, you just have to be patient.
Second: The heat is a little uneven. Granted, it only takes one or two uses to grasp the heat distribution, it can be a tricky at first. The back edge gets hotter than the front but the center is very even. If you're cooking something, just keep an eye on what's happening in back...you'll probably have to swap the front meat with the rear stuff half way through cooking. If you wanna visually see how the heat is distributed, go out an buy a cheap loaf of white bread. Turn on the grill and then line the entire grill surface with the bread. Give it a few minutes then turn it off and flip over your now toasty bread. Now you can see where the heat is.
**** Edit July 2013*****
So I've now had this grill for about 3 1/2 years and wanted to give everyone an update how it's held up so far...surprisingly well. The first year I had it, I took care of it all the time and kept it covered always. Year 2, got a little bit lazy but still took pretty good care of it. Year three, I forget to cover it sometimes and am getting lazy in cleaning the infrared grates. That all being said, it still works perfectly fine. I don't have anything rusting out the bottom and all the elements still kick on....I've only needed to change the ignition battery once.
The infrared grates are the only things that seem to be aging a bit. They were starting to get gunked up with some charred food (and got a little smokey as a result), and started to see some rust...but that's mainly attributed to me breaking rules 1 and 2 above. I sucked it up and brushed the crap out of them and they seem to be working much better. Regardless, I'll probably need to replace them in another year or so (In year 4 or 5). Other than that, seems to be going well.
**** Edit June 2015*****
It's now been 5 1/2 years since I got it and, yes, it's still goin' - BUT....I finally had to break down and buy new infrared gates for the grill (about $70 total). After a really good cleaning last weekend, I took it apart and saw that: The gas burners are fine, the cooking grates are still fine (they needed a good wire brushing), overall construction is still holding up fine...But those infrared grate finally needed to be replaced as they pretty much started to rust out and warp just enough to not quite fit in their spot anymore. I knew something was up when it got pretty smokey while just heating up after years of built-up petrified charred bits in the infrared trays. Since the replacement, it seems to be working fine with no more smoking out my neighbors. It still lives outside and I keep it covered about 75% of the time....yes, sometimes I forget and it gets rained on.