Char-Griller Grillin' Pro 3001 Review

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With 630 square inches of cooking space (including a warming rack), three burners with separate controls, and two smokestacks, users say this gas-burning grill outperforms many more expensive models.

This grill garners expert praise in a Char-Griller 3001 review on About.com for its heavy-duty construction and excellent value for the price. A vast majority of consumers posting reviews at Lowe's -- which number more than 250 and counting -- seem to agree with that assessment; the few detractors mention rust, grease and propane leaks, and problems with the ignition.

One notable negative review comes from AmazingRibs, where experts deride the construction but don't offer much specific feedback on this model. At the same time, many consumers comment on the quality and durability of the Char-Griller Grillin' Pro (starting at $169, Amazon). In reviews on Amazon, they praise this model for consistent heat across the three main burners, which have individual temperature controls. Although several had a hard time putting it together, once assembled, this a reliable grill that heats up and cooks food quickly, reviewers say. Several report it has withstood three years or more of heavy use.

The Char-Griller Grillin' Pro 3001 features porcelain-coated cast iron grates, dual smokestacks to keep the temperature even, and a thermometer for more accurate cooking. It offers a 438-square-inch primary cooking surface and cooking power of 40,800 BTUs, which helps it heat up fast and maintain a high temperature. Consumers say the grill is spacious and makes cooking effortless. They also note that the cooking grate has three separate pieces, which makes for easier cleaning. This model includes a chrome-plated warming rack.

Despite tough assembly, according to some consumers, and a thumbs-down from one expert source, this gas model seems solidly built with durable parts. It's easy to use, cooks evenly and quickly, and generally pleases users all around. This is one budget-friendly grill that should serve buyers well for years to come.

Raechel Conover

Raechel Conover is a freelance writer whose work has appeared on Yahoo, blogs, and other websites. She's a self-confessed shopaholic and frugal mom, always scouring the sale and clearance racks for deals and taking full advantage of free community activities and events with her husband and young sons.

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