Broil King Imperial 490 Gas Grill
Broil King Imperial 490 Gas Grill
The Broil King Imperial 490 is the smallest model in their top of the line Imperial Series. These premium category grills are packed with useful extras offering quality plus bells and whistles for a reasonable price. The grill head is 430 stainless steel with cast aluminum hood end caps. Four 12,500 BTU main burners, a 15,000 BTU stainless rear rotisserie tube burner and a 10,000 BTU side burner. Rotisserie kit is included.
Cooking grates are heavy stainless steel rods. Flav-R-Wave heat tents blanket the bottom of the deep firebox, mitigating flare ups, sizzling drippings and radiating searing heat. The cook box is deep, the hood is high. Many believe this design enhances roasting. Certainly the headroom in the hood is great for rotisserie and large items like roasts and turkeys.
Substantial side shelves feature heavy cast aluminum condiment trays and built-in tool hooks. The cart has one door and two drawers. The 490 may be ordered as LP or NG. LP models have a pull out propane tank drawer inside the single door. Built-in hood lights are a welcome feature. But why the single battery powered igniter for all four main burners? One could expect dedicated ignition at each control knob on a beautiful grill like this. Broil King states that when control knob igniters fail, the entire mechanism must often be replaced, not just the ignitor.
Broil King claims their patented Dual Tube Burners produce more even heat and increase burner life. Gas enters the burner first through a small, perforated tube within the large stainless steel burner tube. The design is intended to create even gas pressure throughout the burner, resulting in even flame and evenly distributed heat stress on the burner. We have not tested these burners yet. Warranty on the dual tube burners is the same as Weber's tube burners - ten years.
$1,350 Manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP), actual price may vary.
Natural Gas Capable
500 square inches ( about 24 burgers )
195 square inches
Manufacturer claims that all or practically all of this device is made in the USA
100. 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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Reviewed By: Max Good
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