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Excellent BBQ! The Rotisserie a MUST have!
on January 1, 2012
This review is for the : Broil King(Onward Mfg. Co.) Signet 90 LPG with rear rotisserie.
I want to start off by stating that, I rarely write reviews. But for this product I feel it is noteworthy.
First off; The shipping company was Homedirect, and everything arrived without even the slightest damage (which I was very concerned about, due to the large and heavy nature of the BBQ). We were very pleased with their handling of this item.
Secondly; The assembly was a breeze. I liked the use of combi-head phillips/square drive screws. If you have a #2 square drive bit and an electric adjustable torque drill/driver, it will be a breeze! Also a 7/16" open/box wrench and 7/16" socket, with ratchet etc., will ease in the assembly. Otherwise, a small Crescent(adjustable) wrench will suffice. The overall build quality seems pretty good, at this price range. The battery powered starter works well, although to light the rotisserie burner you will need to match light it(or some other flame source). Probably the only items I have issue with, are the burner control knobs. While they are nice and large, it seems as though the valve stems are a bit flimsy. So, be gentle( hence the 4 stars).
Next, is the initial burn off(first time fire up). There definitely were some gasses burning off of the BBQ( to be expected). Mostly from the lid(in between the stainless steel sheet-metal and the aluminum lid casting itself). It may be some residual oils, but it smelled like a hot paint. We've grilled on the BBQ three times, since the initial burn off, and I still notice a small amount of fuming emitting between the sheet-metal and the lid casting(although it is lessening with every use). Just to be clear; There are NO fumes emitting from within the cooking compartment! There are no adverse flavors being imparted to the food!
Now, down to what it's all about! Cooking! The BBQ pre-heats well within 10 minutes to 600°F! It also retains its heat very well.
The first items we cooked were some Cajun sausage links, from our local meat locker(butcher). Not a great test, but they cooked evenly and as one would expect. The next two items were cooked using the rotisserie unit.
We prepared a 4lb. beef roast, for Christmas dinner, and the rear rotisserie cooked this to a perfect med/rare in approx. 1 and 1/2 hours! Referring to the "Genius Griller's Handbook" that is provided with the BBQ grill, for some grilling techniques and times, it also provided us with much additional grilling info as well as recipes. Needless to say, Christmas dinner was made perfect with the excellent roast!
On New Years Eve we used the rotisserie again, to roast a 6lb. whole chicken in 1 and 3/4 hours. Again, the rotisserie unit performed flawlessly! The chicken was beautifully cooked all around, and remained very juicy! An excellent dinner to ring in the New Year!
We have yet to grill any steaks, chicken pieces, or veggies yet, but I can only assume that this grill will perform admirably. Also, we haven't used the side burner yet, but I did fire it up to make sure it worked. We are very pleased with this BBQ grill, thus far, and anticipate that we will get many years of use.
One last note; The company builds these grills in North America!
A Happy Griller.
We've had this grill for almost 3 years now, and I'm still very pleased with its performance! Everything we cook on it, from steaks, burgers, chicken, and veggies, the grill has not let me down. It is still the perfect size for our needs, and is lasting very well! I keep the grill outside, although covered at all times when not in use, and it still looks and performs beautifully! In the winter months, when I know I'm not going to be grilling for some time, I remove the cast iron grills, and the electronic starter's battery, to minimize the possibility of rust and corrosion. Lastly, the cover I purchased was a Broil King cover that is heavy duty and is still the only cover I've had the need to purchase ( http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005NNZIYC/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1 )! Enjoy!