Master Forge 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner Review

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Shiny steel gas grill mounted on a open air black frame with four wheels.
4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner

The Master Forge 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner is a stripped down version of their Stainless Steel model with less stainless, lower output burners and an open air cart for about half the cost. It has four 10,000 BTU stainless steel main burners and one 12,000 BTU side burner. Cooking grates are porcelain coated cast iron and it comes with side shelves and electric ignition.

Master Forge is a brand that people either love or hate. Some owners complain about poor construction, customer service and availability of parts, On the other hand, many Master Forge owners love their BBQ grills and are eager to shower praise. Owners of this model seem satisfied and feel it is a good deal considering the low price. Lowe's generally offers this one below MSRP. Click our link below to check out the current deal.

Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price: 
$200
Primary Function: 
Grill
Fuel: 
Propane Gas
Primary Capacity: 
485 square inches
Secondary Capacity: 
160 square inches
Main Burners: 
4
Additional Burners: 
Side
Made in the USA: 
No
BTU: 
40,000
Heat Flux: 
82.47
Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
Review Method:

Researched it from Afar

We have researched this product from afar by gathering info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources, with our BS meters on high.

Master Forge

Sold only at Lowe's, Master Forge offers a lot of grill for little money by using inexpensive materials, construction, and components. While researching products we often cruise the web and look for comments by owners. Many owners raised concerns about construction, customer service, availability of parts, and the fact that the brand is only a few years old and still unproven in the market. On the other hand, many Master Forge owners love their grills and are eager to post praise. Additionally, a leading consumer rating service named the Master Forge 5-Burner Grill a top pick for large model gas grills. So what's the deal?

You get features out the wazoo: side burners, sear burners, warming/steaming stations, LED illuminated knobs, halogen lights in the lid, towel racks, fold-out tables; one model even has a built-in bottle opener! But the steel is thin, and some parts just look and feel cheap, like the plastic control knobs and the thermometers. As always, we strongly recommend you not rely on dial thermometers, and that you purchase a good digital thermometer to get accurate oven temp readings. Manufacturers would serve us better by replacing cheap dial thermometers with bottle openers. Nonetheless, overall quality is in line with other low cost grills. This is an important point. It's not useful to compare Master Forge to high end brands like Weber. Compare them to Brinkmann. However, if you're looking for economy and are considering other low cost grills, Master Forge may sweeten the deal with all the extras. Then ask yourself how long do you think it will last? Will you be replacing it in 5 years? The bargain price may not be such a bargain in that light.

Lowe's, like Wal-Mart and other big box retailers, carries popular brands and also has private label products made for them. This operation is managed by a division of Lowe's named LG Sourcing. Lowe's seems to have offered various grill lines for several years under various names like "Perfect Flame" and made by various companies like "BBQtek". Currently, Master Forge is manufactured by Sagittarius Sporting Goods headquartered in Taiwan. We have to wonder how the happy Master Forge owners mentioned above will feel about their grill in a few more years, particularly if Lowe's changes their BBQ line again. Any Perfect Flame owners out there care to comment?

We compiled a list of questions and called Lowe's to speak with a product manager. There was no Master Forge product manager. We ended up talking to someone in Public Relations. She wrote down our questions to present to the right person, but wouldn't allow us to speak directly. The following day she sent an email that said nothing of value and answered none of our questions. If this is the way they handle media inquiries from the world's most popular barbecue and grilling website, we shudder to think what their customer service is like.

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