Sometimes the simple approach is the right approach.
In this outdoor kitchen in Scarsdale NY, the owner decided to minimize the amount of appliances in the island and instead focus on simplicity, functionality and leveraging his nearby indoor kitchen.
The Blaze 3 Professional grill – BLZ-3-PRO provides features and a price point that are very compelling. Let’s break it down…
True story…sales rep comes into the Curto’s showroom 3 years in the beginning to mid_July and starts pitching me on a new grill line called “Blaze“. A new grill line bring introduced in the middle of July in the Northeast? The season is practically over! I dismissed it but he came back again and pressed the issue…he claimed that this line was lower priced than all the pro product out there but it delivers the goods in terms of features….on a lark I capitulated and consented to bringing two grills in…a Blaze 4 and a Blaze 3 Pro. Within a year they had become one of our best-selling grill lines!
The success of the Blaze line of grills on a national level has been startling and has been a wake-up call to the rest of the industry. Blaze created a good product and then marketing the living shit out of it…thanks to their relationship with BBQguys.com (they are owned by the same company) they had a built-in marketing machine ready to promote the heck out of their product right out of the gates. But the grill would only go so far with the marketing. If it was built like crud, the success would be short-lived. Four years in, they are not only continuing to sell strong, but they are expanding the line at a rapid pace.
While the regular Blaze line (like the Blaze 4) is the bestseller, Blaze also has a Professional series that is kitted out with more features and built more substantially so it provides a great way to move up in terms of quality without blowing up your wallet.
Let’s go through the tale of the tape first and then I’ll list 4 reasons beyond the specs why this may be the best grill out there at $2799.
Blz3Pro Specs Tale of the Tape
• 3 commercial quality 304 cast stainless steel H burners
• 22,000 BTUs of cooking power per burner, for a total of 66,000 BTUs
• 10,000 BTU infrared rear rotisserie burner
• Heavy 12mm stainless steel hexagon cooking rods maximize durability
• Push and turn flame-thrower primary ignition system delivers a fast start every time
• Individual flash tube secondary ignition
• Heat zone separators divide the cooking surface into individual temperature zones
• Flame stabilizing grids minimize flare-ups while adding a grilled flavor
• Full-width drip tray and removable baffles for quick clean up
• Double-lined grill hood protects outer layer from heat discoloration and maintains more heat
• Illuminated control knobs for evening gatherings creates a sophisticated appearance
• Interior lights help navigate the grilling surface at night
• Blaze Grills offers an impressive Lifetime Warranty
I’ve highlighted 4 features from the above list that we will flesh out now and provide you with some more granular info:
4 Reasons Why the Blaze 3 Pro BLZ-3PRO May Be The Best Grill Under $3K
#1 – Commercial quality H-Shaped 304 cast stainless burners – ok I understand that these are not the Lynx brass burners or the Alfresco 18SR U-shaped monsters.
However, this grill is also half the price of those! The key point to focus in on is the burner shape – it’s an H. No one is really producing that shape any longer other than Caliber which is an extremely high end grill created by the founders of DCS. And that is the key point to latch onto…the H-shaped burner in the Blaze 3 Pro has emulated that original DCS burner which many in the industry feel was the best and most efficient burner. Why aren’t more companies using the H-Shape? I can write another post on the H vs U burner argument but the fact that Blaze brought this design back was a strategic and brilliant move. And I say this bc out of all the Blaze Pro’s that we’ve sold, no one has ever complained about flame spread or heat output.
#2 – Heavy 12mm stainless steel hexagon cooking rods – this is a key yet overlooked feature that no one online is talking about. The grates on the Blaze 3 Pro are vastly different than not only it’s little brother Blaze line but also from most professional series premium grills as well. Instead of using a rounded tubular shape, the Blaze 3 Pro uses a hexagonal shape which due it being somewhat flat allows for more cooking space and (key point for you vegetable lovers) you won’t lose your asparagus through the grates!
The hexagonal shaped grates on the Blaze Pro series
#3 – Flame stabilizing grids minimize flare-ups while adding a grilled flavor – translation…a flareup can either be a potent weapon in the arsenal of a griller, adding a nice layer of flavor as juices spring back to the grill surface in the shape of smoke…but a sustained flareup will destroy what you’re making. The Blaze flame tamers have done a credible job in tamping down sustained flareups, instead focusing on a “flame kiss” which will impart that sought after flavor.
#4 – The sear burner is an option – This is an important point, yet overlooked. All pro level grills that have a sear burner literally stick you with it. They cannot be removed and since they are stationary they take up a significant amount of grill space (33% on a 36″ or 42″ grill). So Blaze has decided to give you the option of using an infrared sear burner YET you can remove it when not needed, returning the grill back to 3 H-burners. Infrared sear burners are typically very hot and not variable in temperature thus in my opinion they are a one trick pony. Being able to install or remove it at your desire is a huge bonus for this grill.
If you are shopping for a Blaze 3 Pro grill, come visit us at the Curto’s showroom where it is always on display. And remember we ship Blaze nationwide!
Take a look at this outdoor kitchen we just worked on in Larchmont NY.
What this photo says to me is “THIS IS A PLACE WHERE YOU WILL EAT WELL”.
The owner took a very unique angle to the design of the kitchen. He knew he had a straight 9 ft run which doesn’t add up to much product after factoring in the necessary space between products. So what to do?
Instead of running with power burners and side burners and Versa power cookers etc, he took a simple approach.
He wanted the convenience of a gas grill as well as the ability to smoke with a natural fuel source like wood.
The solution: an Alfresco 42″ ALXE gas grill for all of the ease that a gas grill brings and a built-in Memphis Pro Wood-Fired Pellet grill for all of his smoking
and wood-fired grilling needs. After splurging on the grills he opted to keep costs down by using Blaze undercounter doors and drawers as well as their 5.2 cu ft refrigerator. This created a considerable savings as opposed to using all Alfresco for the undercounter portion (the Alfresco refrigerator is $3600 which was more than all of the Blaze components).
All in all, a well though-out design and a sanctuary where many fine meals will be created!
The Blaze sales inferno continue to rage. It’s incendiary.
New products are now rolling out. Check out the Blaze 32″ Charcoal grill.
Not into the listless and tasteless aspects of gas powered grills?
THen run with a Blaze charcoal.
Here’s what I like:
1 – the build. Blaze grills are built better than most stainless grills out there. I’d even argue that the Blaze stainless cart (made in the USA) are nicer than the cart produced by one of the top premium grill lines who I will leave unnamed!
2 – the ability to cook with wood or charcoal – I hate grilling with gas. Even on my Alfresco I use the solid fuel insert more than I use the normal grates with gas.
I just love the taste and smell of lump hardwood charcoal and/or wood. Huge difference.
3 – easy cleanup with the pull out ash tray. Tell me, how easy is it to clean up your Big Green Egg?
4 – Great price – $1499 for the charcoal head for built-in applications.