The Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station is North Atlantic Imports cornerstone product. In 2005, the company introduced the natural gas grill to the market and gained a loyal following. Since then it has become a favorite among outdoor enthusiasts from backyard chefs to camp cooks.
from approx. $280
List price approx. $370
62.5 x 22 x 36 inches
- easy to use
- heats quickly
- four controllable heat zones
- folding legs
- defective grease system
- short warranty
- igniter not work
The manufacturer of the Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station promises ease of use, restaurant-quality cooking with controllable heat zones, and durability. In this review, we check out these claims.
Delivery and Packaging
Individuals who ordered the product online found the delivery and packaging acceptable. The package arrived secured by plastic straps on the outside and Styrofoam and plastic on the inside.
The 36-inch natural gas grill comes packaged with the folding legs attached, which eliminated a step in the process. Assembly was easy, taking only 15-20 minutes with one pair of hands and a Phillips screwdriver. Knobs slid into the pre-drilled holes with ease, trays, shelves, and other components required little effort to screw, and casters entered spaces without force. The only issue some people had was lifting the 50 pound cooktop onto the frame.
Construction and Appearance
At first glance, the Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station resembles a cart. However, the control knobs on the front panel and a cold-rolled steel plate warrant a second look. With a powder-coated black steel frame, this product is built for the long haul.
The unit includes stainless steel burners, a lift for the propane tank, a bottom shelf, and two side shelves. The industrial-strength caster wheels provide secure footing and easy movement.
Facts and Figures
Cooking on an outdoor griddle (also known as a flat grill) is like cooking in a cast iron skillet. However, a flat top allows for more flexibility to prepare a variety of foods simultaneously. Similar to restaurant natural gas grills, outdoor flat tops get hot fast and cook quickly.
The Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station makes use of every 720-square inch of its flat cooktop. Seven-gauge steel provides optimal heat retention without hot and cold spots. Also, there are four independently controlled heat zones, which allow users to cook on low, medium, high, or flaming heat at one time. The four-stainless steel burners have a high output of 15,000 BTUs each.
It operates with a standard 20-pound propane tank that fits under the left shelf. The unit weighs 120-pounds and measures 36″ high 62.5″ wide and 22″ deep.
North Atlantic Imports offers a 90-day limited warranty on the Blackstone 36-Inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station on parts, workmanship, and finishes. Users are advised to use extreme care when handling this product. In its wording, the company specifically states, “It will be the manufacturer’s option as to whether to repair or replace any of the above items.”
With four stainless steel burners powering up 60,000 BTUs, this propane-fueled Flat Top stands ready to cook breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A battery-powered push-button starts the flames firing under a cold rolled grilling surface. The Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station provides an impressive 720-square foot cooking surface to cook an entire meal for large groups.
It is versatile, with four independently controlled cooking areas, allowing cooks to prepare eggs and pancakes for breakfast, grilled cheese and quesadillas for lunch, and steak and potatoes for dinner. Raised back and side edges keep food from sliding off and a grease management system channels oils away from the food.
Also, the cold rolled steel surface comes coated with a protective oil to shield it from rust. The coating also helps to season the surface with the recommended flax oil and keeps food from sticking. Furthermore, the frame has a rust-resistant protective powder coating.
Removable side shelves and a bottom shelf provide ample work and storage space. Users can collapse the legs; remove the 36″ x 21″ griddle top, and take out the bottom and side shelves to transport the unit from the backyard to the campsite. The Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station features industrial strength caster wheels that lock in place or smooth and uneven surfaces.
We examined reviews for the Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station in four areas: ease of use, controllable heat zones, and durability. The grill met or exceeded the users’ expectations in all areas. Professional testers note that the Blackstone Griddle and Grill Combo provided even cooking in all four cooking zones.
Reviewers who tested the product used the word ‘love’ to describe the Natural Gas Grill Griddle Station. Most found it was easy to use and did a fantastic job of cooking a variety of foods. Although users found the product easy to use, they noted that there was a design flaw in the grease management system. Either the grease missed the catcher and dripped down the leg, or food clogged the trap.
The four adjustable heat zones received the most praise with users citing the ability to cook several foods simultaneously without burning. Everything from eggs to stir-fry and steaks turned out better than expected.
- Easy to use
- Easy-to-clean cooking surface
- Heats quickly
- Four controllable heat zones
- Folding legs
- Resistant to rust and corrosion
- Defective grease management system
- 90-day warranty
The Blackstone 36-inch Outdoor Flat Top Gas Grill Griddle Station lets outdoor chefs get creative and prepare restaurant-quality foods in the great outdoors. With an expansive 720-square inch cooking surface, cooks can sauté, flambé, and sear a variety of dishes without running out of space. In fact, the cooking area allows up to 5 dozen eggs or 120 sausages to cook at one time. The griddle can be used to. This Grill Review Winner offers a great value even with the limited 90-day warranty. Also, the new units include a removable cutting board, a paper towel holder, and trash bag hooks.