Broilmaster H-series Grill Review

31 Jul

broilmaster

Broil /v/ to cook by direct exposure to radiant heat (from Merriam-Webster)
Master /n/ an artist, performer, or player of consummate skill (from Merriam-Webster)
Broilmaster /n/ a US company with over 40 years of history making high quality grills

Product Description:

Despite what the name suggests, Broilmaster grills are good for more than just broiling.  They’ve been known to be excellent for grilling and barbecuing too!  The company started in 1966 with the G-1000, an American-made heavy duty gas grill.  They’ve built upon the success of that model, and while you can buy Broilmaster charcoal and infrared grills today, they are still best known for their gas grills.

Broilmaster makes theirs grills in a tiered system.  You can buy an H-Series, a Premium Series, or a Super Premium Series gas grill.  After reviewing their costs and features, we decided to focus on the H-series line of grills as we think this would be the most desirable to the widest range of people.

Broilmaster’s first grill, the G-1000, rolled off the assembly line in 1966.  In the early 2000’s, Broilmaster was acquired by Empire Comfort Systems, a company that produced different types of gas-powered heating systems.  It seems like gas grills was a perfect fit for their portfolio.

Empire Comfort Systems started in Belleville, Illinois, where they still reside.  Henry Bauer started the company in 1911 as a sheet metal shop, but then incorporated it with his family in 1932 as the Empire Stove Company.  Their first products were sheet metal stoves that ran on gas.  During World War Two, they contributed to the war effort by making smoke bomb casings.  The company is still run by the Bauers today, and they make grills, heaters, fireplace inserts, and fireplaces.

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American Alternative Review:

What immediately caught our eye about Empire Comfort is their policy of giving preference to North American Suppliers, wherever possible.  This may be because grills are large and heavy products, so it makes financial sense to source locally and save on shipping.  Regardless, the effect is more of their stuff in made in America.

Broilmaster’s/Empire Comfort’s customer support team was extremely helpful in providing us with insight into their company.  The casting for the grills are done in Wisconsin.  Like we saw with charcoal grills, the grates are imported from overseas.  The carts and side shelves are completely made in Belleville, and packaging for the grills comes from St. Louis.  For H-Series grills, the burners are imported from overseas, but the nicer Premium Series has Illinois-made burners.

All the components of the grills come together in Belleville where it is assembled and packaged.  The customer support representative went out of their way to emphasize how long employees have been with the company.  People stay with the company for multiple decades, with a customer service manager who has been there for 53 years!

With a lot of history, loyal employees, and lots of US-made components, Broilmaster’s grills receive a very good score.

4.5/5 stars

The H-Series is comprised of 36,000btu base and 40,000btu base grills on different accessories.  Not all are available online, but you can check out a base and a grill on Amazon.

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One Response to “Broilmaster H-series Grill Review”

  1. Bill April 10, 2014 at 10:45 am #

    I can tell you that we bought this grill and it caught fire the first week and has been poor from day one. Customer serice from factory rep and po cal dealer is also poor. Should have made wheelers take it back a long time ago. If you have problems you are SOL.

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