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Pellet Smokers item created by bmudd14474, Jun 24, 2014
Pros - When it works it works well
Cons - Auger jams....more auger jams...Auger fires, ignighter failures
Maybe I got a lemon, but this grill has been nothing but trouble science I bought it. I have had too many auger jams/fires to count. Tim walked me through reprogramming my controller which helped some. I sent my controller back to him for a re-flash which appears to not have improved anything. I followed all the tips about stepping down the temps during shut down. Today a replace my igniter...again.
This grill has let me down on so many occasions I lost count. I simply cannot count on this smoker to work!
Like I said, maybe I got a lemon, but for the price of this grill I should not have near the problems! I would never purchase another Blaz'n grill.
Update 5/6/2017. Experienced another failure today. The controller failed. I actually want this smoker to work because when it works it works great.
Pros - Even temps across grate, superb temperature controls, pellet useage is great and very easy to clean
Cons - No easy pellet dispenser and manual needs updating
So I purchased a GMG Jim Bowie prior to owning my Blaz'n Grill GridIron. I had problems from the start and eventually sold it after owning it for a little over 3 months. I paid more than double for the GridIron but every penny has been worth it.
Installation is somewhat easy. I say somewhat easy because the unit is practically assembled but you will need 2 people to set it upright; it weighs 300 lbs. and is built like a tank. This unit will easily last a decade with its main body made of 16 gauge metal while the heat deflector is 10 gauge. The heat deflector is oval which I believe leads to great even temperatures across the grate. Using various probes from left to right, the temperature difference is no more than 5-10 degrees. Also the set temperature is off by no more than 5 degrees. The Roanoke PID Controller really shines on this unit.
The pit is also doubled walled and usually you can get the optional door heat shield installed as a freebie. So this thing really keeps and maintains heat even when the door is open for a few moments. Because of this, I noticed right away my pellet consumption is way down compared to the GMG Jim Bowie I used to own. Food is more evenly cooked and doesn't take as long smoke/grill too.
The slide out for the firepot to remove ash is just plain friggin awesome. I no longer have to remove the grates, drip trays, or heat shield to get rid of excessive ash in the firepot. This is a truly unique feature on the Blaz'n GridIron and GrandSlam. Another cool feature is the stainless steel roller grates. This makes cleaning the grates so much easier. The GridIron also comes with a standard upper 1/2 shelf, front shelf and bottom shelf. On most other competitor's products you have to pay extra for these options.
Customer service at Blaz'n is second to none. I haven't had any problems but when I call to ask a question "Tim" always gets back me to pronto. One of the reasons I chose this unit is because he actually took time this past Veteran's Day to talk with me on the phone not once but twice. Everyone else was closed but Tim took the time to answer all my questions. The Blaz'n products are all "made in the USA" and it's not a gimmick. All orders are custom made so your unit is made basically from scratch in the good ole USA. The downside of this is it will take a few weeks before you actually receive your smoker. But I can tell you the wait is well worth it!
So if you want a smoker and grill that is built to last, has great temperature controls, unique features that no other unit has, and produces consistent great BBQ then I highly recommend you either purchase the Blaz'n Grill GridIron or GrandSlam. You will not be disappointed. FYI - Sometime in 2017, there will be a wi-fi upgrade available if you're into that sort of thing.
Pros - Excellent construction and temperature control, plus made in the USA
Cons - None
Just got mine, cooked ribs, chicken, and grilled pizza, all came out great.
Pros - Quality; Customer Service is Top Notch! Bulletproof!
Cons - Haven't found any!
I have had this grill since October 2014. Since then I have probably put close to 400 pounds of pellets through it! I have cooked everything from hamburgers to the Thanksgiving turkey without a problem! Ribs, tri-tip, prime rib, steaks, key lime pie, apple crisp, vegatables and a fattie have all come out perfect! Any time I hab a question Tim at Blaz'n was only a phone call away! I'm trying to figure out a way to buy another one!
Pros - American made with American steel. Extremely solid and rugged. Cooks like a dream. Very easy to clean. Innovative design features.
Cons - Instruction manuel sucks
I purchased my Gridiron in May of 2013, so I think that I am qualified to write this review.
I researched the Pellet cooker offers for about a year before I discovered the Blazn Grill Works Gridiron. I was first impressed by the fact that the unit is fabricated and manufactured in the USA. This let me know that i would not have to wait for a shipment from China for a part should I ever need one. I was also impressed by the fact that the Gridiron would be built with any optional color I wished.
I will tell you right now, this pit excels as a Smoker or Grill unit. I have done everything from smoking cheese, ribs, butts, chicken,etc. all the way to grilling steaks.
The Gridiron is a tank. It is solid, heavy, well-built pellet pit that is made in Nebraska using AMERICAN carbon and stainless steel. It has very solid seams and no gaps in the construction (unlike other pellet grills I was looking at). It has a large heavy steel heat deflector, a heavy 12 gauge lid, The gridiron has a very slick slide out removable combustion chamber to make cleaning effortless. The Gridiron has both upper and lower cooking shelves. Both are stainless steel roller grates. You wind up with over 1000 sq. inches of cooking area. There is a full lenght folding stainless steel work shelf on the front of the unit. The new Pro series controller (an upgrade for me) comes standard and provides very steady temperature from 160 degrees if you are smoking or if you crank it up to 500 degrees for grilling.
When I purchased my Gridiron, I ordered the optional sear kit that works as advertised. I also bought the optional Blazn’ smoker generator that produces tons of smoke.
I think you cannot go wrong with purchasing a Gridiron. Frankly, I don't know why you would want something else.
But don't expect it overnight. Units are built to order so you may have to wait for a few weeks.
One more thing, I DO NOT work for Blazn grill Works, I just think they make a great Pellet Machine.