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Review: Why Alfresco Makes the Best Grill – Reason #1

Written by Appliance Dude | April 15th, 2015

The Appliance Dude expresses much love for ALfresco grills and for reasons that are not so obvious. Let the review roll

Let me count the ways that I love Alfresco grills…too numerous to mention so we’re going to break this down into multiple blog posts.
I’m not going to focus on BTU output, searing zone widths or the vast array of accoutrements that the company offers. Boring. Let’s get SOMEWHAT under the hood but focus on more practical reasons, like…

1. Safety
When was the last time a salesperson or a grill company (in their marketing literature) expressed safety features offered by their grills? It seems like the narrative is always about BTU output in the burners, what alloy the burner is made of, how nicely they can sear the thickest of steaks and whether there are backlights behind the knobs.

Let’s change the narrative and talk safety.

First, Alfresco has created a unique smoker box that has a solid stainless buffer built into the front of it. That means small prying hands, who may pull it out won’t be able to access the hot materials that may be already be inside the box. ALfresco also doesn’t have holes on the bottom of the smoker box (unlike some other premium grill manufacturers) so hot residue can’t fall out and tumble onto your wood deck.

Alfresco smoker tray with built-in buffer

Alfresco smoker tray with built-in buffer

Second, the ignition button is tucked away on the top left side of the manifold (control panel). Once again this means that small prying hands won’t be able to gain easy access to it. This is a far cry from some other brands where the ignition button is placed in a spot that begs to be pressed!

Alfresco's grills have tucked their ignition buttons in safe place from small hands!

Alfresco’s grills have tucked their ignition buttons in safe place from small hands!

Third, Alfresco is known for its vented cooling system that runs on both sides of the front of their grills. While this has been explained as a convention to keep the back of the control panel cool so as not to fry the igniters and wiring inside, an added benefit is that it keeps the front control panel and knobs at the outside ambient temp so you won’t have to worry about small children (or your griller!) getting burned by brushing up against the front of the grill or touching the knobs. Remember that directly behind the manifold is the firebox which could be running at temperatures over 1000 degrees F. Hot!

Alfresco's grill side vents allow the manifold to remain at ambient outdoor temperature avoiding risk for a nasty burn.

Alfresco’s grill side vents allow the manifold to remain at ambient outdoor temperature avoiding risk for a nasty burn.

More to come….

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