Kenmore gas grill being considered

ctigersAugust 16, 2002

Seriously considering this grill, for the features and the price. I know it's not a top of the line $2k all stainless, but I don't drive a Lexus either!

Anyone with experience they'd like to share about this grill? I'll also be getting the rotisserie to use.

Kenmore 490 sq. in. Cooking Area Gas Grill, 40000 BTU, LP Gas, Cart Style

Regular: $549.99

Sears Item #07115227000

Mfr. Model #15227

Power:BTUs Per Hour 40,000

Cook System:Front Panel Color Stainless Steel

Ignition Type Electronic

Heat Distribution Porcelain steel M Shaped Flame Tamers

Gas Burner Type Cast iron rail burner

Total Cook Area 490 sq. in.

Shelves & Storage:Front Panel Cabinet Yes, enclosed cabinet with stainless doors

Frame Material Steel

Gas:Flame Tamer Yes

Flame Tamer Material Steel

Bonuses:Rotisserie Burner Yes, 10,000 BTU

Side Burner BTUs 12,000

Grid:Primary Grid Number 2

Primary Material Reversible porcelain-coated cast iron

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The unit seems nice enough, especially for the sale price of $499. But, I look at what the grill has to offer and it's features, and I would be very hard pressed not to spend another $100 and go with the Members Mark from Sam's Club. Both the Kenmore grill that you are looking at and the one at Sam's are made by Grand Hall, so the quality is equal. The one at sears seems to have a few things I would not like. The plastic casters for one, they seem to remind me of cheap office furniture casters. Also, the grates are porcelin coated iron, the Members Mark is three seperate grates made of SS, so nothing to chip. The BTU's seem to be about the same for the side burner and rotisserie, but the entire grill is only 40K BTU's. That seems to me to leave only 18K for the three main burners, only 6K each! That seems alot less than the three 18K burners that the Members Mark offers totaling 54K just for the mains. If you really wanted to sear a steak nicely, I think the Kenmore might not do it very well.
The included smoker box is nice, but that is an item you can pick up reasonably anywhere. I see a little SS on the lid, panel, and doors, but that seems to be about it. The Members Mark has SS hood, side shelves, side burner and practically everything you can see. The exceptions are a few items made from steel and the lid has cast alluminum ends similar to the Kenmore except they are not painted like the Kenmore seems to be.
I do like the slide out tray for the lp bottle on the Kenmore better than the exposed one on the Members Mark, but that is probably a personal preference. The draw back is that you have less interior space underneath for storage of rotisserie, griddle, smoking chips, etc...
In my honest opinion, it seems the Members Mark from Sams club is a much better value for only another $100. Even if you don't have a membership that's another $35. Still worth it! I am not trying to push the Members Mark (actually I own a Virco and love it), but for the difference in features and $$ I think the Members Mark is one hell of a grill for $599 if that is all you can spend. Now, of course, if you've got $799.........Well, the Virco can't be beat! (You Virco guys new that was coming) If you haven't seen the Members Mark from Sam's, I highly suggest you check it out. I have included a link below of Alek's site. A very happy MM owner who has an excellent site on this grill that is very informative. Good luck on your purchase. Oh, by the way, if you haven't seen pictures of the Virco, you can see those at MY web site!

Here is a link that might be useful: Members Mark from Sams club

    Bookmark   August 16, 2002 at 7:19PM
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Thanks bbsbq for the informative post. Actually, Members Mark $599 is the first grill we considered. Then we went to high end, then to Weber, Vermont Castings, Kenmore. We have made a decision after much research and comparisons. We will purchase a Napoleon gas grill with rotisserie. I really like the stainless steel models but they cost about $2200, so we'll probably save the money and purchase next spring. I'd rather spend the money to get a really high quality grill, but again I really appreciate your post. Check them out at:

    Bookmark   August 20, 2002 at 10:27AM
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