Char-Griller 3001 Grillin' Pro
Rated 4.1/5 based on 215 Amazon.com reviews
The Char Griller Grillin Pro range has two of the best value.
True, they at the cheaper end of the gas grill market, but these grills are full featured with hood, warming rack, side burners and more.
Reportedly they produce consistently good cooking results. So could they be a good option for you?
The first model in the series is the 3001. It features 630 square inches of cooking space, which is split between a 192 square inch warming rack and 438 square inch main cooking area.
The 3001 has three main burners operating at 40,800 BTU. It also includes a 12,000 BTU side burner. All the burners feature electronic ignition as standard. The porcelain coated cast iron cooking grates hold a reasonable amount of the heat produced by the burners, aiding the cooking process.
The 3001 model comes with all the usual Char Griller extra features. These include a side shelf, useful for preparing food before cooking, a stay cool handle on the main cooking chamber lid and utensil hooks. Both models in the series come with a thermometer built into the lid, helping you keep track of the internal cooking temperature.
Incidentally the lid gives you the opportunity to try some indirect grilling or smoking - ribs, beer can chicken, you name it, as well as hamburgers and the rest.
In terms of construction the Grillin’ Pro series are made from black stainless steel and feature two eight inch wheels for maneuverability. Char Griller have included a front panel to conceal the fuel tank and a grease catcher for easy clean up.
The 4001 represents a step up in size from the 3001, but otherwise is much the same. It has a total cooking are of 834 square inches, including a 254 square inch chrome plated cooking rack.
For the extra money you also get an additional burner. The 4001 has a slightly higher BTU output than the 52,800 BTU of the 3001, clocking in at 54,400 BTU.
Both models feature a side burner and a warming rack.
About.com gave the Char-griller Grillin’ Pro 3001 a rating of three and a half stars out of five. They where unconvinced by the construction of the barbecue, suggesting the materials used are not of the highest quality.
However, they do praise the relatively low price, arguing that for the amount of money you pay you are getting a decent deal.
Customers on www.grillsdirect.com praised both the ease of use and easy clean up that the Grillin’ Pro provides. They also generally agreed that the burners give off an even heat, allowing for consistent cooking.
Amazon customers, out of 59 reviews gave an average of 4 out of 5 star - of which 48 reviews were 4 or 5 star.
Char-griller provides a reasonably comprehensive warranty. It should be noted that this warranty is only valid with a dated receipt of purchase.
It all seems reasonable, but there are plenty of caveats - which contrasts with the pricier Weber or Ducane, who bend over backwards to help.
Warranty on New grills
Additional Warranty Info:
Not under warranty
However, if cheap and cheerful is what you are aiming for then the Char Griller Grillin' Pro series should more than suffice for a few years.
However, I would definitely recommend buying an appropriate cover for these grills to protect it from the elements and extend it's life.