is supported by our Pitmaster Club. Also, when you buy with links on our site we may earn a finder’s fee. Click to see how we test and review products.

Vermont Castings 324 Signature Series Grill Review

Share on:
Vermont Castings 324 Signature Series Grill

Vermont Castings has relocated manufacturing from China back to the USA. The 324 Signature Series 3-burner gas grill has received a few decent reviews and VC touts it as “Rated #1 by a leading consumer magazine”. But when we got under the hood at a recent trade show for a hands on inspection we were unimpressed. Fit and finish were decent, but the internal components don’t exhibit the look or feel of quality one expects in this premium price range.

Speaking of the hood, VC is proud of their cast iron side caps, which DO have superior thermal conductivity characteristics to the more commonly used cast aluminum sides. However as science consultant, Dr. Blonder observes, “Heat retention within the walls is a red herring- the gas burners provide more than enough heat, if it can reach the meat before being lost through the metal side walls.” Blonder feels that with all else being equal, (which it likely is not, the guts of this grill look like they belong in a much lower priced cooker), the cast iron may reduce fuel consumption, but will be prone to rust if the enamel coating is compromised. Knowing the hood is usually the first thing a prospective buyer touches, some manufacturers design it to feel thick and heavy, hoping to create the perception of solid construction and durability.

Checking a review from “a leading consumer magazine”, we noted the previous version of this model was rated 77 out of 100, but user reviews averaged out to 2.5 stars out of 5 stars. A 1 star review started out, “At least it’s shiny”, and then proceeded to lambast quality and customer service. Said magazine did not review the current model as they believe the new version is practically identical.

Although they are trying, in our view, Vermont Castings has not yet regained their once respected position in the premium BBQ gas grill sector. Until then, there are plenty of better options.

Haven't found what you want?
Click the buttons below to search our complete database of reviews:

Product Information:

  • Model:
    324 Signature Series Grill
  • Item Price:
    $ 1,400.00
    *Price Subject To Change
  • Made in USA:
  • Review Method:
    Looked Closely At It
    We have seen this product up close and we have also gathered info from the manufacturer, owners, and other reliable sources.
  • Primary Function:
  • Burner Type:
  • Fuel:
    Propane Gas, Natural Gas Capable
  • BTU:
  • Heat Flux:
    Heat Flux is the BTU per square inch and is a more useful measure of how much heat a grill delivers than BTU alone.
  • Main Burners:
  • Primary Capacity:
    440 square inches
    Mid-Size (about 21 burgers)
  • Secondary Capacity:
    233 square inches

Published On: 9/16/2014 Last Modified: 2/21/2021

  • Max Good,’s Full-Time Grill Tester - Max Good is's Vice President of Product Reviews & Keeper of the Flame and is the world's only full-time reviewer of outdoor cooking equipment including smokers, grills, pizza ovens, griddles, and more.


High quality websites are expensive to run. If you help us, we’ll pay you back bigtime with an ad-free experience and a lot of freebies!

Millions come to every month for high quality tested recipes, tips on technique, science, mythbusting, product reviews, and inspiration. But it is expensive to run a website with more than 2,000 pages and we don’t have a big corporate partner to subsidize us.

Our most important source of sustenance is people who join our Pitmaster Club. But please don’t think of it as a donation. Members get MANY great benefits. We block all third-party ads, we give members free ebooks, magazines, interviews, webinars, more recipes, a monthly sweepstakes with prizes worth up to $2,000, discounts on products, and best of all a community of like-minded cooks free of flame wars. Click below to see all the benefits, take a free 30 day trial, and help keep this site alive.

Post comments and questions below


1) Please try the search box at the top of every page before you ask for help.

2) Try to post your question to the appropriate page.

3) Tell us everything we need to know to help such as the type of cooker and thermometer. Dial thermometers are often off by as much as 50°F so if you are not using a good digital thermometer we probably can’t help you with time and temp questions. Please read this article about thermometers.

4) If you are a member of the Pitmaster Club, your comments login is probably different.

5) Posts with links in them may not appear immediately.



Click to comment or ask a question...


These are not paid ads, they are a curated selection of products we love.

All of the products below have been tested and are highly recommended. Click here to read more about our review process.

Use Our Links To Help Keep Us Alive

Many merchants pay us a small referral fee when you click our “buy now” links. This has zero impact on the price you pay but helps support the site.