This is a really great cooking device for small meals (4-6 steaks or 6-8 hamburgers, etc.). Food prepared on it tastes great. The non-stick surface is easily washed, because WITH THE ELECTRIC PROBE REMOVED, water is no problem. The heating element underneath is sealed, but I don’t plan on completely immersing the electric plug-in connectors. The legs seem stable for table top; however, the legs don’t disconnect from the grill surface, so it’s clumsy while cleaning in the sink. I can handle it in our sink. The cast aluminum grilling plate is 17.5” diameter and sits vertically for washing in our 14.5 x 16.5 sink (diagonally, our sink is 1” less @ 16.5”). The total width including the two carry handles is 22”. You could remove two screw fasteners of one handle to remove the legs for cleaning; however it’s unnecessary. For storage, the grill with legs (not the tube stand) easily hangs on a hook. Hang the lid on a second hook. The lid is not hinged. The tubular stand is wobbly. Nevertheless while cooking, it is satisfactory. Also, the 4 feet at the base are fragile/brittle as if they could easily snap off. It needs careful treatment.
For us, this should replace the propane gas grill, which we’ve always used year-round. The few types of meats we’ve prepared seem to be more moist and flavorful than when gas grilled. The food steams with the lid on, but it would not be required for hot dogs and such. The grilling plate is easily carried for cleaning. The grill easily lifts off from the tubular base and reattaches with a simple metal clip. You could wash it with the garden hose and brush outside, still on the pedestal base.
The guide says hot dogs 3-4 min.; hamburger (5 oz) 16+ min (160°chicken breast 20 min (165°); salmon 6+ min (145°). Last nite’s 10 oz steak cooked in 6 minutes total (150° medium-rare). Note this will not provide for a flame-grilled taste and charred appearance, like a gas grill. Wal-Mart had an isle stack of these last week for $55; what a deal!
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