Built in vs freestanding grills

clancy10514August 6, 2010

OK, this might be a dumb question but what is the mechanical difference between built in grills and freestanding grills?

The built in costs about $1000+ and you can get a decent freestanding grill for $400-500. Could you buy a freestanding grill, leave off the stand and build it in to something?

I'm guessing the built in is better insulated and/or thicker metal but if you were installing it into a rock frame would it matter?

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When comparing grills look at the burners, are they cast-iron - ok, cast brass - better, cast stainless - best. Are the grids cast-iron, steel or porcelain - ok, stainless - best. Of course, there are other quality differences in knobs, valves and thickness and quality of metals.

Gas grills with double stainless steel walls are not made for insulation for cooking as much as they are to prevent discoloration from heat on the exterior. If you touch the outside of that double walled grill you will be burned.

What you want to do is use the gas grill cart fully assembled and build your cabinetry around it with non-combustible materials. That way you still have the storage space of the cart.

    Bookmark   August 7, 2010 at 11:30AM
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