In Review: Blackstone 36 Inch Outdoor Propane Gas Grill Griddle Cooking Station

Blackstone 36 Inch Outdoor Propane Gas Grill Griddle Cooking Station 1554

Among other choices available out there, the Blackstone 36 Inch propane gas grill can be a good solution for you who need a piece of cooking equipment for backyard cooking with friends and family. Currently being sold for less than $300, the price is very reasonable for what it provides. Read on to see if it is is a good fit.

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Before anything else, this griddle has a 36″ x 21″ (756 sq inches) cooking surface, allowing you to cook for a bunch of people. Definitely, it is a good size to handle a party or an outdoor event. Many reviewers have been pleased with its versatility. Eggs, pancakes, turkey burgers, tuna steaks, salmon, fried rice, veggies, you can make various kinds of food with this cooking equipment.

Unlike the 28″ model, this one comes equipped with four independently controlled burners, meaning it provides four cooking zones. Just like a regular stove, you can turn on one or all of the burners, allowing you to cook small or cook big. Each burner is rated at 15000 BTU, 60,000 BTU total.

You can adjust the cooking temperature on some or all of the sections. The maximum temperature is 500 Fahrenheit. There is no side burner on this model that actually could be useful to warm up sauces and such. That said, this should not be a deal breaker. Starting is accomplished via an electronic ignition button.

The top is made of thick cold rolled steel for good heat retention. The griddle top is removable, making it very easy to clean. To prevent rust and to create a non stick surface, it needs to be seasoned. This unit comes with a griddle top only. Optional accessories such as grid box, wind screen, surround table, and cover to protect it from the elements are available in case you need them.

Just like a regular outdoor grill, this flat top model is powered by liquid propane (LP) gas. Officially, there is no natural gas conversion kit for this model. The 36” griddle cooking station is shipped with a propane hose and adapter. You need to buy your own bottle but this is to be expected.

There is a container to catch grease. In terms of cleaning, the grease tray is removable that allows for easy cleanup. Other features of this product include a bottom shelf for food preparation and four caster wheels that add mobility to this outdoor cooking appliance (This item weighs about 120 pounds). Two wheels are lockable which is another plus point of this product.

As of this writing, the Blackstone 36” griddle cooking station has a review rating of 4.7/5 stars on Amazon, which is impressive, given that the market is flooded with similar appliances from established manufacturers.

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Not everything about this product is positive. The customers of the product have also left some negative reviews. One complaint that has been made about the griddle relates to the design of the grease draining system. Reportedly, the grease collecting channel is not sloped enough so that oil and grease do not collect in the tray very well.

Another criticism leveled at the product has been made in relation to the gaps on the sides. Wind that blows through the gaps could cause the temperature to vary on the grill surface.

Other than these minor considerations, this top flat griddle is still worth the price tag. Many reviewers appreciate its build quality. The thickness of the surface, combined with the the four burners, help this griddle maintain an even heat. The base and legs also seem very sturdy, adding a level of durability to this product.

Further, the feedback for the Blackstone cooking station suggests that the unit is easy to operate and to clean. The customers have also found that this LP grill is very easy to assemble. Basically, all you need to do is to open the legs and then to install the bottom tray, side shelf, and then the side handle. The griddle top rest on the frame, without fasteners. You can then hang the oil cup on the griddle top. Just follow the directions carefully.

All in all, the 36-inch Blackstone cooking station is a solid, versatile cooking equipment. With a flat top surface, this probably is not the model for you who want burned, real barbeque taste. That said, if you love to cook outside, then this product is worth considering. The price is agreeable to the majority.

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