Napoleon Mirage M485RB Gas Grill
Napoleon Mirage M485RB Gas Grill
Napoleon's Mirage M485RB 3-Burner Gas Grill is a sweet looking cooker, built solid with a few extras one might not expect for under $1000. Stainless steel construction all around including the main tube burners, "sear plates" aka heat tents and Napoleon's characteristic Wave Cooking Grids pictured at the right.
LP and NG models of the M485RB may be purchased freestanding on a double door cart or as a drop-in for installation. Burner output is 16,000 BTU each and a 13,500 BTU ceramic IR backburner is included, although the rotisserie kit is optional. Jetfire ignition at each control knob makes start-up a snap and each knob is backlit.
A double walled hood aids heat retention. Two side shelves include wrap around condiment trays and tool hooks. A slide out drip pan funnels into a disposable aluminum foil catch tray that is accessible from the front of the cart.
An optional cast iron smoker/charcoal tray promises to turn one side of the firebox into a charcoal grill with the possibility of doing a little smoking as well. Just remove one of the grates, rest the charcoal tray on the sear plates and ignite with the burner. We have to wonder how effective this device is, given the different requirements for air flow between charcoal and gas, but it certainly looks good and we've only seen this type of feature on a few luxury gas grills.
Optional cabinets that fit under the side shelves and a sink on a cart are available. The warranty is good, but just a little stingy, covering much of the body and SS burners for as long as you own the grill, but then charging you 50% on all of the above after five years.
Not available at big box stores in the USA, you can get Napoleon on line and at a limited number of independent dealers.
$899 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.
Natural Gas Capable
405 square inches ( about 20 burgers )
165 square inches
Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA
119. Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
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