The Broil-Mate 165154 LP Gas Grill, (aka Huntington Cast 4200), is a throwback to the first BBQ gas grills which began appearing in the early 1960s and are still made by American companies like Modern Home Products. Back then, cast aluminum housings were the norm instead of stainless or coated steel. The aluminum cookbox retains heat and distributes it evenly. Although the casting on this model is much thinner than the heavy duty MHP, the price is also dramatically less.
It has an old style, 40,000 BTU stainless steel Dual H-Burner: two U-shaped burners fused together with separate controls, (below).
Great for 2-zone setups because, unlike straight tube burners, the U-shaped burners almost wrap around each half of the firebox bottom and 20,000 BTU per side is pretty powerful for a gasser in this price range. Ignore the cave era heat indicator in the hood, it can be off by 50 to 100 degrees. Get an accurate digital thermometer and watch your grilling prowess skyrocket!
Long lasting stainless steel Flavor-R-Wave heat tents diffuse heat and sizzle drippings. The cooking grates are porcelain coated cast iron. A lightweight two-wheeled cart with no enclosure features resin side shelves with integrated tool hooks and it comes with electric ignition. With 400 square inches of primary cooking surface, this is a nice size cooker for the money, short on flash and long on substance.
Regarding appearance, don't judge a grill by its cover. Many shiny inexpensive gassers are inferior machines dolled up with thin flimsy low grade stainless steel. They often carry only a one year warranty, but for a few hundred bucks more you can play the extended warranty game. This unassuming cooker is a good, solid grill with an excellent warranty, especially considering the price: Limited lifetime on the aluminum body, 5 years on the burner and 2 years on everything else.
They make the same model with the same features and price under their Huntington Label. Our Where to Buy Link below is for the Huntington model.
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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Broil Mate is one of six quality brands of Gas Grills owned by Canadian BBQ giant, Onward Manufacturing. Onward also owns the well regarded Broil King, Huntington, Blue Ember, Fiesta and Sterling Grill lines, as well as Grill Pro and Barbecue Genius Parts and Accessories. Founded in Canada in 1906 by T.A. Witzel, Onward is now owned and managed by his three grandsons.