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It’s fun having a flat top at my disposal again. The grill was pretty easy to put together and works great! The grease tray fits on the back and gets in the way of the hard cover (if you buy one). I would prefer something like a restaurant grill that has a trough and hole in the front. It’s pretty easy to light, but definitely has distinct hot and cold spots.
A couple things that might be good to know before buying: -The first one I got was so bent and dented I couldn’t put it together. I had to pack it all up, lug it to the ups store, and return it and get another but by that point the price had gone up. -It doesn’t come with a cover and you have to buy that separately which seems weird for an outdoor appliance that rusts. -Blackstone is a very hard company to get ahold of. When I thought it was just one piece that was dented I tried calling and emailing but couldn’t get anyone on the phone and have never had a return email.
I love almost everything about this unit but the height. It's built very well for the price. Wonderful heavy duty casters, burners, most of the metal gauge is more than adequate, etc. But come on, we need more height. I could sit in my lawn chair and still cook with this. I'm 6' 1" and its WAY too low, needs to be 6" to 10" higher. "Someone" needs to come out with a leg extension kit for this unit being as there is a plethora of other add-ons for Blackstone products. Mine was delivered without any damage, great packaging, VERY heavy... took two of us to move to garage for assembly which was VERY easy and fast even though I loctited everything when assembling. BTW, I gave it 3 stars on heat distribution because the "middle to left" side of grill is showing about 50-100 degrees hotter than the right side inside a no-wind but vented garage. I will update this review as time with product goes on.
Update 12-20-22. I raised it to 4 stars because I believe the uneven heat distribution was caused by air in the line, it evened out much better after rebooting. I installed the sivsis magnetic wind guards and they helped a lot with heat up time and max temp, cut time in half to heat up griddle and tops out around 650 now. Still wished griddle was taller in height, I may fabricate some extensions at some point but it probably works good enough as is.
The thing is fantastic, i love how it cooks and how durable it is. It does require an additional purchase for a lid and a cover, so no water gets on the griddle from the rain to stop rusting.
The minor issue is the cap from the ignition switch keeps coming off everytime i place the cover on the griddle. Any small rub of the batter cap pops the rubber piece off pretty quickly. would like to have something more durable there.
All in all, a great product and i would buy it again in a heartbeat.
I got this for my husband as a Christmas gift and it has been a gift to me because he has cooked a lot of delicious meals on this griddle!!! LOL. He has tried to teach me how easy it is to use, not that it is complicated but because I am not a fan of fire or propane. We hosted an Easter Brunch last year and he cooked the majority of the meal on the griddle and he did the clean up (big win for me 😂🤣😂)!!!
You can't go wrong with the big one, I have 2, the 24 for camping and the big one for home. The 4 zone heat is nice, it carries the heat across the griddle great, and to be able to turn half down for veggies and other up for steak is great. Use it probably 2 to 3 times a week, especially in summer
Eggs, Burgers, Bacon, Potatoes, Pancakes, Fried Rice, Fried Cabbage, Hot Dogs, Onions, Peppers... Just a few of the things that come out amazing on a blackstone griddle.
Can you obtain the same results in a cast iron skillet? For the most part...yes. But most people don't want to use a cast iron skillet correctly indoors due to the amount of smoke that can be produced when cooking at high heat and many others don't have the necessary ventilation due to recirculating hood vents / over range microwaves (as is my case...).
Start by seasoning the griddle well. I'd suggest three seasonings, scrape with a scraper, one light seasoning, and then go to town cooking on it. First thing you should cook after the initial seasoning? I think it should be Bacon or Smashburgers as the high-fat foods will aid the initial seasoning process. Highly suggest lard for the initial seasoning process, although most high-heat oils will work well (don't use olive oil, for example...).
Pros: - Solidly built, high quality, no doubt it will last many, many years if properly taken care of. - Even if abused, the steel griddle surface can be brought back to life through scrubbing and reseasoning. - A properly seasoned griddle is incredibly nonstick. Even without additional oil I have made eggs and burgers without issue. - Easy cleanup and you can make an impressively large amount of food on this thing.
Neutral / Comments: - GET A PROPER TOOL KIT. You'll want at least two turners and a handled scraper. The blackstone premium ones work really well. An oil bottle and water bottle are also vital to have for cooking and cleaning (I use a gatorade squeeze / sports bottle for water). Egg Rings, Burger Presses, and basting covers are great tools to have as well but not strictly necessary.
- At maximum heat, this grill will eat through propane relatively quickly. The most economical way to purchase propane is getting a tank refilled, as you'll get the full 20lbs rather than the 15lbs that you get when swapping your tank at an exchange point and it's usually cheaper to get a 20lb fill than a 15lb exchange. Just need to make sure the tank you're filling is less than 12 years old to comply with DOT regulations (or 10 years per U-Haul's policy). You can avoid this altogether if you have a natural gas line run for your grill and get the Blackstone natural gas conversion kit, which would be my recommended strategy if possible in your situation as it will pay for itself relatively quickly (depending on how often you use it).
- Need a hard cover to prevent rust formation with a soft cover. Not the easiest thing to find right now due to the supply chain issues, but not a major fault of the manufacturer or this product itself.
Cons: - Paper towel holder is useless. Any slight gust of wind will unroll them entirely. Makes a nice place to hang my tongs, though.
- Instructions were not updated to cover the handle assembly on the left side of the grill properly. It does not have nuts welded to the frame as the instructions seem to indicate, but rather requires the use of the nuts in the packaging. Easily figured out and an easily forgiven mistake by Blackstone in my opinion.
Review is in relation to the 36", 4 Burner Model with cutting board and paper towel holder.
I bought this for my husband for Christmas and we absolutely love it. It was easy to assemble with two people and took 15-30 minutes to do so. The seasoning process was also easy enough to do while cleaning out the garage and doing various other home chores in between. Heat distribution is even and accurate. We’ve cooked on this a few times already and cleaning it has been very easy. You definitely want to make sure you keep the griddle warm and don’t let it cool completely before scraping it. Would highly recommend this!