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Blaz'n Grill Works "Gridiron"

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Blaz'n Grill Works
  • The Gridiron by Blaz'n Grill Works is an outstanding pellet grill built right here in the good ole USA.
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Recent User Reviews

  1. fivebadgers
    "Not worth the money or aggravation"
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    Purchase Date:
    Jan 29, 2014
    Pros - When it works it works well
    Cons - Auger jams....more auger jams...Auger fires, ignighter failures
    Maybe I got a lemon, but this grill has been nothing but trouble science I bought it. I have had too many auger jams/fires to count.  Tim walked me through reprogramming my controller which helped some.  I sent my controller back to him for a re-flash which appears to not have improved anything.  I followed all the tips about stepping down the temps during shut down.  Today a replace my igniter...again.

    This grill has let me down on so many occasions I lost count.  I simply cannot count on this smoker to work!

    Like I said, maybe I got a lemon, but for the price of this grill I should not have near the problems! I would never purchase another Blaz'n grill.

    Update 5/6/2017.  Experienced another failure today.  The controller failed.  I actually want this smoker to work because when it works it works great.
  2. fbi van outside
    "Excellent Smoker & Grill"
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    Purchase Date:
    Nov 11, 2016
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    Pros - Even temps across grate, superb temperature controls, pellet useage is great and very easy to clean
    Cons - No easy pellet dispenser and manual needs updating
    So I purchased a GMG Jim Bowie prior to owning my Blaz'n Grill GridIron. I had problems from the start and eventually sold it after owning it for a little over 3 months. I paid more than double for the GridIron but every penny has been worth it.

    Installation is somewhat easy. I say somewhat easy because the unit is practically assembled but you will need 2 people to set it upright; it weighs 300 lbs. and is built like a tank. This unit will easily last a decade with its main body made of 16 gauge metal while the heat deflector is 10 gauge. The heat deflector is oval which I believe leads to great even temperatures across the grate. Using various probes from left to right, the temperature difference is no more than 5-10 degrees. Also the set temperature is off by no more than 5 degrees. The Roanoke PID Controller really shines on this unit.

    The pit is also doubled walled and usually you can get the optional door heat shield installed as a freebie. So this thing really keeps and maintains heat even when the door is open for a few moments. Because of this, I noticed right away my pellet consumption is way down compared to the GMG Jim Bowie I used to own. Food is more evenly cooked and doesn't take as long smoke/grill too.

    The slide out for the firepot to remove ash is just plain friggin awesome. I no longer have to remove the grates, drip trays, or heat shield to get rid of excessive ash in the firepot. This is a truly unique feature on the Blaz'n GridIron and GrandSlam. Another cool feature is the stainless steel roller grates. This makes cleaning the grates so much easier. The GridIron also comes with a standard upper 1/2 shelf, front shelf and bottom shelf. On most other competitor's products you have to pay extra for these options.

    Customer service at Blaz'n is second to none. I haven't had any problems but when I call to ask a question "Tim" always gets back me to pronto. One of the reasons I chose this unit is because he actually took time this past Veteran's Day to talk with me on the phone not once but twice. Everyone else was closed but Tim took the time to answer all my questions. The Blaz'n products are all "made in the USA" and it's not a gimmick. All orders are custom made so your unit is made basically from scratch in the good ole USA. The downside of this is it will take a few weeks before you actually receive your smoker. But I can tell you the wait is well worth it!

    So if you want a smoker and grill that is built to last, has great temperature controls, unique features that no other unit has, and produces consistent great BBQ then I highly recommend you either purchase the Blaz'n Grill GridIron or GrandSlam. You will not be disappointed. FYI - Sometime in 2017, there will be a wi-fi upgrade available if you're into that sort of thing.
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  3. jerryo
    "Love It!!"
    Pros - Excellent construction and temperature control, plus made in the USA
    Cons - None
    Just got mine, cooked ribs, chicken, and grilled pizza, all came out great.

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  1. cookingsmokemakingmajic
    talked to tim today 2/23/2018 ask a lot of questions and he told me what i needed to here and what they did to update for cold weather as well. since he just over the river from me here in good old iowa where we have a lot of corn fed cattle, so the deal is to have the grill to have a stable heat threw out the grill not to have hot and cold spots like some of them have. and his parts and grill is all made here in the good old usa, not like rec tec grill there made over seas and ship here an they put them together that is not made in usa. he also gave me a invite to see his site as well to look at the grills up close since i dont own one yet. but i bet a few months i have one in my grilling shed and ya keep your grills out of direct rain or snow will help keep them dry, its like a car or truck you beat it and it breaks so if you take care of it will last a long time, to me they seam to have a supper amount of pride in they grills and temp for smoking is a must 1 to 5 degrees is ok but not a bouncing temp of 25 or 50 degrees will do for me i dont like raw birds, or pork, and i like my beef so so.
    i would say get one of this units because i looked high and low for a good deals on a grill that should last at least 15 yrs. if you take care of it.
    1. tjmitche
      Did you end up buying one of these? I'm curious as I'm getting ready to pull the trigger myself but am torn between a MAK, a Yoder or this unit. Like you, I'm an Iowan and I will only spend this amount of money on a something 100% manufactured and assembled in America.
      Todd M.
      PS: I'd also welcome opinions on any other American made Pellet grills that I may have overlooked. (Fast Eddy's is out of my price point)
      tjmitche, Jul 26, 2018
  2. dissattisfied
    Update called blazn grill works talked to Tim he sent me the new ignitor my grill is back working. No hassle at all good customer service.  Lets see how long it last. Tim had a tip said for me not to let the ashes sit in the burner pot after use it collects moisture and may have been what damaged the ignitor. I will update if any further issues or if no issues at all.
  3. dissattisfied
    Bought the grid iron 6-25-17 have used it about 4 times. igniter has gone out.Its Sunday so no one to speak with today. You would think for the price of this grill which is $1449.00 it would not be having issues. But as I can see in all the other post the igniter is a common issue. Will update later on how warranty goes. But I was very satisfied with the grill up to this point. But only having it a month and a half and having issues and seeing other customers with the same issue very disappointing. At this price range and advertising all made in USA which is why I bought the grill in the first place this company has some work to do.
  4. fivebadgers
    FBI Van Outside It is not a fake review.  I have owned this grill since 2014 and it has had major issues ever since.  Just today I fired it up, it worked for a while and the controller just quit.  My frustration is that Tim has seemed indifferent to my problems.  Last year when I sent my controller back to be re-flashed I wrote Tim a very nice letter expressing my concerns and out lining my issues.  He never called me or even acknowledged the letter he simply sent the re-flashed controller back.  Today I fire it up and yet another failure.  I have owned many smokers over the years, some costing more than the Grand Slam and have never experienced the issues I have with this smoker. The smoker is covered when not in use, stored undercover.  I use only high quality pellets.
    Like I mentioned before maybe I got the one dud, my frustration is that I am stuck with an expensive grill that I can not count on to work when I need it to.
  5. jerryo
    Love this smoker, had it now for about two years and it works great. Just dial in the temp and it's good to go. I got it directly from Blaz'n Grill Works in Beatrice, NE. Cost about $1300
  6. fbi van outside
    Probably a fake review. Account was created back in 2015, no other posts or replies on forums until now. Guy just comes out of wood work. Enough said.
    Also, no one should be using pellets with a chemical binding agent. But you do lose smoke flavor on pellet pooper vs. electric or charcoal/wood set up. Of course you can add a smoke generator like AMNPS to increase flavor smoke profile.
    Owned my GI since December 2016, and it works like a champ.
  7. cahillmd
    I have had my gridiron for almost 3 years and love it! I kid you not; I probably have closet to 2K pounds of pellets through it. Never had a auger jam or a fire. Had a small issue with the computer. Told Tim and he sent me a new one. After three years just had a small issue with the igniter. Putting a new one in when I get it in the mail. Customer service has been top notch! I'm trying to get my wife to let me buy a second one!
  8. twolber
    Thanks for the heads up. I used to think I wanted a pellet smoker, until I got the chance to use my brother in laws. I just don't like the flavor you get with the pellets. Maybe it is the chemical used to bind the sawdust into pellet form. I'm sticking to wood for now.
  9. rolling smk bbq
    what did it cost and where did you get this?
    thank you
    rolling smoke bbq
  10. smokingearl