We chose this grill as a part of a housewarming gift from our parents. We choose to get a nicer patio set and a mid-range grill given the budget, and upgrade down the road.For $300, this has been a good grill thus far. Assembly takes some time but was not difficult. The instructions were easy to follow, and took about 2 hours in my garage, and later wheeled out to my patio.For $300, some may expect the highest quality stainless steel, but high grade stainless steel would add cost to this grill. Brinkmann uses a decent quality mid-grade stainless steel, that has some weight to it, for the top portion.Having a grill remain in proper condition always requires some level of care and maintenance.Stainless steel WILL rust if you leave this grill uncovered and out in the winters. After 1 day's worth of rain, i did notice some oxidizing occurring where the stainless steel meets the plastic on the top right edge. However, I purchased the 70" fitting Brinkmann cover for the grill and have had no issues since. This will help protect your grill from the elements. The cover also has a mesh portion to help moisture escape. Putting your grill inside is a must for the winters up north. We live in Chicago so we definitely plan on rolling the grill into the garage during the winter.the cooking surface is made of a good quality cast iron covered by a porcelain coating. While some people complained of rust on the cooking surface, the Brinkmann site recommends using a nylon bristle brush for cleaning, NOT an abrasive cleaner like your typical grill brushes or steel brushes. You can pick one up at any grocery store. The cooking surfaces come in 4 separate plates, 3 normal and 1 searing plate. these come off easily and can be cleaned in your sinks. I remove mine and use my nylon brush with dish detergent, and sometimes, a non-abrasive scrub pad. Using an abrasive brush will expose the metal beneath the coating and leave the grill susceptible to rust. Especially don't use a steel bristle brush.I highly recommend using some vegetable oil to season the interior of your grill before first use. Use a paper towel and rub a light coat of oil throughout the interior of the cover, sides, the flame plates and your cooking surface. This will help protect the interior of the grill and provide a hint of seasoning. Use that nylon brush occasionally to clean debris and apply more oil, to keep the interior free from rust.I also placed some aluminum foil on the large grease tray and covered as much as possible, to make cleanup far simpler when grilling season is over.Keep in mind, the temperature on the gauge is not the temperature at the grates. Use an oven thermometer to get a much better idea of what cooking temperature is like. the gauge will give you a better idea if you're cooking with indirect heat.the grill gets plenty hot, but you will not heat the entire grill with just one burner. if you want to get hot hot hot, use more burners.I also purchased a small smoker box for wood chips for flavor and it fits just fine between two burner plates. This is great for adding some smoky flavor to your grilling.Propane tank fits nicely in the lower chamber.The grill also has a nice stick in which you can insert a match into, if the need to light the grill using a side hole. this will save many fingers from burning.Cons:The burner does have some difficulty igniting in windy conditions but is easily remedied by closing the lid about 80% of the way or more. You don't need to have the lid open to ignite the flamethere are two rubber pads drilled into the bottom of the grill lid, that don't exactly line up with the bar where the lid meets the rest of the grillwarming rack is not very large, but is not a deal breaker.the metal used for the bottom chamber is not the thickest, most durable metal, but for $300, it does its job.Conclusion:For $300, this is a good grill. You just need to make sure you are taking care of it. Keep it clean with the correct type of brush and keep it covered and you will not have to worry about rust.
Easy to Assemble,
Large Cooking Space