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Blackstone 36 inch Stainless Steel Outdoor Cooking Gas Grill Griddle Station [amazon.com] - Ships in 1-2 months

The Blackstone 36" Stainless Steel Griddle Cooking Station features a solid stainless steel base with a thick cold rolled steel griddle top
Feature four independently controlled stainless steel burners
Produces a total of 60,000 BTU
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yipee grabbing one
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3-4 months shipping time...
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Saw this one on there a week ago for $234. Not the smaller version; this one.
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Saw this one on there a week ago for $234. Not the smaller version; this one.
$234 is for the cheaper black version. The stainless steel version costs more. Both are 36" size.
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My wife said no. So much for the side job
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FYI, you might want to check out the Camp Chef Flat Top Grill for $299 shipped at OutdoorCooking.com (about $100 less than Amazon).

It has a slightly smaller grill surface but has better design/functionality (like the oil drain system). The grill plate can also be removed to be used as a gas barbecue grill.

YouTube video comparison between the Blackstone & Camp Chef...
https://youtu.be/cAoGUup8rXk
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Quote from BenTheBear View Post :
FYI, you might want to check out the Camp Chef Flat Top Grill for $299 shipped at OutdoorCooking.com (about $100 less than Amazon).

It has a slightly smaller grill surface but has better design/functionality (like the oil drain system). The grill plate can also be removed to be used as a gas barbecue grill.

YouTube video comparison between the Blackstone & Camp Chef...
https://youtu.be/cAoGUup8rXk
Lengthy but a good comparison video Wink !
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Quote from BenTheBear View Post :
FYI, you might want to check out the Camp Chef Flat Top Grill for $299 shipped at OutdoorCooking.com (about $100 less than Amazon).

It has a slightly smaller grill surface but has better design/functionality (like the oil drain system). The grill plate can also be removed to be used as a gas barbecue grill.

YouTube video comparison between the Blackstone & Camp Chef...
https://youtu.be/cAoGUup8rXk
Great video.
What the reviewer lacks in excitement he makes up for in very valid and useful comparison points.
I have a few questions and it sound like you might have some experience or could point me to someone who might...

So moving from a traditional style of grill what are the real benefits to flat top grills?
I would assume you lose out on the baking, slow cooking you could get from traditional enclosed grills. I have a Indirect "fryer" cylinder cooker that could supplement what enclosed cooking I might lose.
Are replacement parts easy to get?
Is cleanup a PITA due to these not being Teflon coated like a frying pan?
I'm in a rainy environment Oct-April and even though I have a traditional enclosed grill I rarely utilize it those months. Its on an elevated porch so seasonal storage isn't possible. In summer its used 2+ times a week, burger chicken and pork chops mostly... I'm too impatient for long cooks like ribs or brisket. The grill is lightly cleaned after every use and is always covered. I got 3 years out of the bottom of the firebox before it rusted out and I improvised a fix... due to no part availability.
My grill currently has collapsible shelves that I love....few do, so I'm loving that feature of these already.

TIA for offering any insight.
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Last edited by Sirradiodude June 21, 2016 at 10:08 PM
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I have the black version of this. keep in mind this is a griddle not really a grill per se. This is for flat top type cooking, think pancakes, teppan yaki , bacon, etc. this is great for breakfast, you can cook 7 or 8 pancakes all at once or a pack and a half of bacon at once. Also good for sauteing veggies or fried rice. Clean up is fairly easy if you get a griddle pad and screen. I just take a little oil on a hot grill and scrub lightly, this is how many restaurants keep their griddles clean. Everyone who sees mine wants one. They also can fold up for transportation and they even make a bag for it but keep in mind it is very heavy. For those that want to grill on it Amazon does sell a grill top for it as well for around $99
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Thanks! Had my eye on the non stainless one for some time. This made me pull the string.
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Quote from Sirradiodude View Post :
Great video.
What the reviewer lacks in excitement he makes up for in very valid and useful comparison points.
I have a few questions and it sound like you might have some experience or could point me to someone who might...

So moving from a traditional style of grill what are the real benefits to flat top grills?
I would assume you lose out on the baking, slow cooking you could get from traditional enclosed grills. I have a Indirect "fryer" cylinder cooker that could supplement what enclosed cooking I might lose.
Are replacement parts easy to get?
Is cleanup a PITA due to these not being Teflon coated like a frying pan?
I'm in a rainy environment Oct-April and even though I have a traditional enclosed grill I rarely utilize it those months. Its on an elevated porch so seasonal storage isn't possible. In summer its used 2+ times a week, burger chicken and pork chops mostly... I'm too impatient for long cooks like ribs or brisket. The grill is lightly cleaned after every use and is always covered. I got 3 years out of the bottom of the firebox before it rusted out and I improvised a fix... due to no part availability.
My grill currently has collapsible shelves that I love....few do, so I'm loving that feature of these already.

TIA for offering any insight.
A flat top griddle is very different than a traditional grill. Besides American style breakfast (bacon, pancakes, hash brown), think teppanyaki, fried rice. You can do the same with an indoor griddle/pan but you will have a much larger surface outdoor allowing you to cook more at once.

The meal-to-meal clean up and maintenance is not as simple as an outdoor grill where you can just brush down the grates. You need to clean it every time and cover it well to prevent rust.

Also this blackstone is not pre-seasoned. People usually preseason with bacon but I am not a fan of bacon or something that greasy. The Camp Chef mentioned above does come pre-seasoned.
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Quote from Sirradiodude View Post :
Great video.
What the reviewer lacks in excitement he makes up for in very valid and useful comparison points.
I have a few questions and it sound like you might have some experience or could point me to someone who might...

So moving from a traditional style of grill what are the real benefits to flat top grills?
I would assume you lose out on the baking, slow cooking you could get from traditional enclosed grills. I have a Indirect "fryer" cylinder cooker that could supplement what enclosed cooking I might lose.
Are replacement parts easy to get?
Is cleanup a PITA due to these not being Teflon coated like a frying pan?
I'm in a rainy environment Oct-April and even though I have a traditional enclosed grill I rarely utilize it those months. Its on an elevated porch so seasonal storage isn't possible. In summer its used 2+ times a week, burger chicken and pork chops mostly... I'm too impatient for long cooks like ribs or brisket. The grill is lightly cleaned after every use and is always covered. I got 3 years out of the bottom of the firebox before it rusted out and I improvised a fix... due to no part availability.
My grill currently has collapsible shelves that I love....few do, so I'm loving that feature of these already.

TIA for offering any insight.
The main advantage to these large flat top grills is that you can cook for a lot of people or cook a lot of different things at once. You can make omelets with a very thin layer of egg and grill your veggies or meats to go inside all at once, and everyone can eat at once instead of making each portion one a time.

You won't get the smoky flavor you get with a wood, charcoal or gas grill but your burgers will not be as dry because they cook in their own fat (like In 'n Out Burger vs Burger King) and you can grill onions or mushrooms and toast your buns at the same time. You can also do Tepanyaki if that's your thing.

Camp Chef has been around and makes a lot of outdoor cooking gear but from reading reviews, it seems both Blackstone & Camp Chef are good with support for spare parts. Camp Chef has a cover that I got for ~$30 and I can't speak to it's durability over time but it's nice & thick (not flimsy) and would definitely recommend covering it since it doesn't have a lid like a conventional BBQ grill.

Personally, I stopped using teflon coated pans about 5 years ago. It's convenient but the coating comes off and you will eventually ingest it and will have the chemicals stay in your bloodstream for a very long time, and this is especially bad for kids.

As for cleaning the grill, you basically clean the warm grill with water and scrape/wipe it down, then leave a very light coat of oil to prevent rust similar to cast iron. Just search "how to clean a flat top grill" on Youtube.

If you've never cooked on a large flat top grill (flipped burgers or worked in a restaurant), I'd recommend at least watching a lot of videos on youtube to get a better sense.
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I smell tacos
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