The Member’s Mark 8-Burner Event Grill is a low cost solution for occasional mass production of simple BBQ fare like burgers and dogs. This large, fold-up, portable device measures 109.25″L x 25.19″W x 43.22″H when upright. The porcelain coated steel cooking grates provide 959 square inches of cook surface. Eight 14,500 BTU burners covered by porcelain coated steel heat tenets should provide adequate heat, but some users report poor high temp performance and problems with the burners blowing out.
The grill has a double design that utilizes four burners on each side. Each set is supplied fuel by two separate LP tanks affixed to the frame under the left and right side shelves. There are two electric ignitors and two slide out
grease trays. The grill rests on four locking casters. To transport, fold down the legs and fold up the side shelves which then rest over the grill grates providing some cover and protection. A large fitted cover is included. When folded up it will fit in the bed of a standard 6 to 8 foot pick-up truck.
These Event Grills are often purchased for various club, company and church events, where they may be used by a variety of cooks who may or may not take very good care of them. As they are not built for heavy use, they are ironically not constructed to withstand the rigors of events, unless these events are infrequent, in good weather, and the grill is afforded at least minimal care and maintenance.
8-Burner Event Grill
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120.96 Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
959 square inches
Large(about 47 burgers)
Member’s Mark is an exclusive brand made for Sam’s Club by low cost Chinese manufacturers. Some come from Nexgrill, headquartered in Taiwan. Nexgrill manufactures a multitude of outdoor cookers sold in North America at Lowe’s, Sam’s Club, Home Depot, Costco Wholesale, Sears, BJ’s Wholesale, Lowe’s Canada, Canadian Tire and others under the brand names of Nexgrill, Grill Master, Member’s Mark, Jenn-Air and Kitchen-Aid. Most are made and marketed to compete with price driven brands. Jenn-Air and Kitchen-Aid are somewhat higher quality and retailers like Sears and Costco try to sell them in a similar price range to Weber’s far superior Genesis line.
Others are made by Rankam Group with headquarters in Hong Kong and US facilities in Gardena, CA. They manufacture a variety of outdoor equipment under many brand names at three locations in China and offer American customers warehousing, retail distribution and customer service from Gardena.
Published On: 6/22/2016
Last Modified: 2/24/2021
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