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Wolf vs. Lynx Outdoor Grills

Written by Appliance Dude | May 26th, 2011

We just put a Lynx 36″ gas grill (L36PSFR-1) on display next to the Wolf OG-36 and they are eerily similar to one another. Both offer the following:
– Grates are cut from 304 grade stainless steel
– Internal rotisserie
– Sear burners
– Smoker boxes
– Ceramic briquettes which provide even heat distribution
– Heavy duty weld construction…aka they are built like friggin’ tanks
– Both total 75,000 BTU’s when combining the sear burner and two grill burners.

Wolf 36" Outdoor Grill

Opening Day for My Wolf Outdoor Grill

Lynx L36PSR-1

Lynx 36" Gas Grill

I took the Wolf OG-36 grill home a few weeks ago and I’ve been cooking on it almost every night. The power of the Wolf has impressed me and my wife swears that food tastes much better this year on the Wolf than when I was previously cooking on our old Weber Genesis. The only issue with the Wolf is that I have had a few flareups when manually lighting it (in one instance I gave myself a “manscape” when a flareup singed all the hair off the top of my arm). Aside from my adventures in hair removal it’s been a pleasure.

Lynx has done an incredible job branding itself as the premium outdoor grill manufacturer and it will be interesting to see how they deal with the coming battle with Wolf. Let’s face it, Wolf has usurped Viking’s role as the leader in premium indoor cooking appliances and they will try to replicate that feat in the outdoor kitchen space as well. At this point I’m of the mind that if you spend the money on either one (and you will spend quite a bit on these brands) you are getting top-notch quality and will be happy no matter which direction you go. However, I will do some cooking on the Lynx in the next few days and will share my thoughts on comparing it against the Wolf.

My Wolf Outdoor Grill – Part 2 – Cleaning Your Wolf Grill

Written by Appliance Dude | May 13th, 2011

I’m going to shoot a video this weekend illustrating proper methods to clean your Wolf outdoor grill so look for that soon. In the meantime here’s a rundown direct from headquarters on how to effectively clean your Wolf outdoor grill.

CLEANING THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR WOLF OUTDOOR GRILL
– use a lint-free or microfiber cloth with a stainless steel cleaner
– if you’re particularly hung-up on aesthetics, apply a polish to maintain luster
– MAKE SURE TO APPLY CLEANER AND POLISH IN SAME DIRECTION AS GRAIN

CLEANING THE INTERIOR OF YOUR WOLF OUTDOOR GRILL
– Leave briquettes and grates in place but remove smoker box
– Turn on all burners to HI, heat grill for 15 mins with hood closed
– Turn OFF, let grill cool
– Use a no-scratch Scotch-Brite pad + mild detergent or spray degreaser, scrub in direction of grain
– Remove burn or heat stains apply Penny Brite cleaning paste to a sponge and lightly rub with grain.

My Wolf Outdoor Grill – Part 1 – Burgers & BTU’s

Written by Appliance Dude | May 13th, 2011

Flame on!

We christened our new Wolf 36″ outdoor grill (Wolf OG-36) this evening in a simple and direct fashion – burger time!

As Nik prepped her Worcestershire & rosemary burgers along with balsamic-infused grilled Portobello mushrooms, I went to work setting up the grill. Here are a few notes:

1 – Are high-end grills worth the money? YES says the boss (my wife) who exclaimed that the first batch of burners I peeled off the Wolf grill were much better tasting that anything we had produced last summer on the Weber. I can see the marking line now…SPEND MORE…TASTES BETTER.

2. The grill’s sturdiness is pronounced. I especially love the dampened hinges on the hood which makes opening and closing seamless. It’s akin to a luxury car…you can feel how well-built it is just by opening a door. It just feels right…

3 – Manually lighting the OG-36 was challenging. There is an orifice (actually 2 of them) in the front of the grill which you need to direct the match into while pressing the gas knob in. One burner took about 5 mins to light (as I went through about 15 matches). I’m going to chalk this up to pilot error and hope for the best tomorrow night. If I have problems again, then implementing the push-button ignition is a lock (which will entail dropping an outdoor plug near the grill). In any case I will be calling Wolf tomorrow to see if there is any advice they can impart on quickly igniting this beast.

3 – After igniting the grill I rubbed the grates down with an olive-soaked paper towel. Why?
So the meat doesn’t stick. What does this have to do with the grill. Nothing. I just wanted to write it 🙂

4 – The grill is a friggin’ volcano. I didn’t realize how hot it was getting as the burners are hidden by the grates (much different than my Weber Summit whose flame was easily discernible by the naked eye). The first set of burgers came off the after about 10 mins and cooked perfectly as per Nik. Second set were left on too long and dried out. Need to get a feel for handling this powerful beast. Oh, and I torched the bottom of the Portobello mushrooms but they were salvaged and quite delicious.

Note: The burner output on the Wolf OG-36 doubles the Weber model I owned so this is like handling a Porsche compared to a Volvo. Major difference in performance.

BTW, here’s the spec sheet on my OG36, straight from central casting.