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Here in the Northeast we are freezing our collective asses off on this fine 5th day of January, but it’s never too early to talk outdoor grills! The season is upon us (especially for those planning full-on outdoor kitchens) so let’s talk about one of my favorites. Alfresco.
Alfresco is an “outdoor culinary systems” company. Huh?
That’s kind of like Sub-Zero being a “food preservation” company.
Marketing jargon aside, Alfresco has killer product that allows you to cook whilst enjoying the great outdoors. Translation – they make $&&# grills. And they make damn good ones.
Actually when you tally the feature set against the competition (DCS, Viking, Capital, Twin Eagle, Lynx, Kalamazoo) they may actually make the best grill on the market. I’m going to run through 13, yes 13 exclusive features that they are bringing to market. Check this out:
1 – they’ve measured their surface temp to get as hot as 850-900 degrees which is hotter than anything on the market
2 – their burners are an eclectic blend of 18-SR stainless steel (the BEST stainless on the market when dealing with high temperatures) and titanium. Why titanium? It’s a non-corrosive material that also isn’t affected by high heat.
3 – built in / hidden 120lb torque rotisserie motor with a chain driven system (best and most durable)
4 – the rotisserie spit stores up under front of grill. I’ve been trying to find a place to store my Wolf rotisserie spit for 3 years now.
5 – smoker and herb infusion system (drawer) with a dedicated 5000 btu burner
6 – ever find the front of your current grill gets too hot? Alfresco built a natural air-draft cooling curtain in the front control panel to keep things at ambient air temp – translation – you won’t burn your hands, your privates or fry the control panel due to excessive heat.
7 – Key Safety Point – electrical wires are encapsulated in 600 degree heat resistant silicone sleeve. Why is this important? My Wolf grill caught fire last year b/c of an issue with the non-insulated wires. This is a cool feature simply due to the SAFETY factor.
8 – More silicone fun – they have silicone boots over the ignition connectors – important because the Number 1 thing that goes wrong with grills are…the igniters
9 – no transformer required – since 115v plug and you are PLAYING
10 – largest array of add ons – steamer/fryer/pasta cooker, indirect heat roast and baking pod, cocktail stations, sinks, kegerators, refrigerators, commercial woks, teppanyaki griddles, under grill refrigerator…and more
and coming in 1Q 2015…
11 – log and charcoal broiling insert (YES! that means that you no longer have to pay $15,000 for a gas powered grill that allows you to cook with wood)
12 – new knobs that are backlit
13 – torsion based system built into hood for easy lifting and closing