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Russ Jackson

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Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Wed, 12/23/09 9:38 AM (permalink)
I purchased one of these about a month ago. I cook breakfast for about 20 to 30 crews regularly. About 60 men. They can eat alot. I played with it cooking lunch for my staff of 8 fo the past few weeks making Fajitas, Hamburgers, Hotdogs, and Casadias to test it out and season the griddle.
Today I cooked 120 sausages. 5 dozen eggs as scrambled. 40 cups of hashbrowns and additional diced sausage for biscuits and gravy. The surface is 36 x 20 which allowed me to cook all 5 dozen eggs at once in about 5 minutes. 120 sausages at once prior to the eggs. Then the hashbrowns in two batches which I served off the griddle. I started cooking at 6:30 am and served all hot at 7:15. What once took me hours of prep and staging I was able to complete in less than 1. The Griddle sells for $299 and shipped to me in less than a week. Aside from the shelves that are attatched to the side which are a little flimsy and a drip cup for grease that is too small. I would rate this thing as a 11 out of 10. Sturdy, well built, excellent control of the 4 burners, and the quality griddle top. I am sure this will last for years. As an addition to a Hot Dog cart or event griddle it would definatley meet your needs....Russ
 
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    BillyB

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    Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Wed, 12/23/09 10:14 AM (permalink)
    Hey Russ, I could see how that grill meets your needs to a tee. I agree with you it would fit a Dogger's needs. I never liked the size of the grill on a dog cart. This would take care of all their needs.........Thanks for the great product review..............BillyB
     
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      Russ Jackson

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      Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Wed, 12/23/09 10:22 AM (permalink)
      I also came up with a new way to clean a griddle. I scraped it down then wiped it down with paper towels. Then spread table salt over the griddle top (enough to dust the entire surface) and scrubbed it with paper towels. The salt absorbed everything that was left. I used a shop vac to clean off the salt. All while the griddle was warm. Then wiped it down with a little oil. I discovered the salt thing by accident when I didn't have a brick or scrubber. The salt made a great abrassive. It left the griddle shiny, smooth and clean....Russ
      <message edited by Russ Jackson on Wed, 12/23/09 10:23 AM>
       
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        kennyb

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        Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Wed, 12/23/09 3:20 PM (permalink)
        thanks for posting that. i have been looking at one of those on the net for next year. wasn't sure how well it would work. i will be getting one next year. right now we use 2 griddle q's on grills to cook phillys on.  
         
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          Russ Jackson

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          Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Wed, 12/23/09 3:39 PM (permalink)
          I have also put a skillet on the surface and it worked great also...Russ
           
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            UncleVic

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            Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Wed, 12/23/09 9:56 PM (permalink)
            Now that looks like a nice grill there! Price is right also.. BUT, specs state it's a 3/16" cold rolled steel griddle (less then a 1/4 inch)... To me, it seems like it would easily warp, especially when you can crank out up to 60,000 BTU's on that puppy...  Keep us posted on the durability of this unit... See if it can take a commercial beating at a remote vendors site...


             
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              Russ Jackson

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              Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Thu, 12/24/09 9:25 AM (permalink)
              It doesn't warp so far and I have used it about a dozen times. I use it in my warehouse so on the lowest setting it is more than hot enough. I imagine outside you might have to crank it up a bit. It is pretty durable and I would expect for it to hold up long after it paid itself off. For $299 it cant be beat. I wouldnt dump ice on it to clean it. And they offer a grill top for $99...Russ
               
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                waydeg

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                Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Thu, 12/24/09 1:02 PM (permalink)
                BillyB


                Hey Russ, I could see how that grill meets your needs to a tee. I agree with you it would fit a Dogger's needs. I never liked the size of the grill on a dog cart. This would take care of all their needs.........Thanks for the great product review..............BillyB



                Especially since it folds up nice and neat. Could throw that in the back easily. 
                Thanks for posting this as it would add another whole dimension to the hot dog cart catering gigs. People love dinner and a show.
                 
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                  roadkillgrill

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                  Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Fri, 12/25/09 3:06 AM (permalink)
                  I have used this griddle for 2 years. I can cook a 60 cup batch of fried rice with room to spare. It is amazing. when using outdoors with cross winds you will have to turn it up. So yes the top will warp. Plus the knobs melted where the knob is inserted into the valve. When it warped I first got mad, but I just used the warping to my advantage. Makes drip draining much faster and it returns to its flat state every time. Replaced drip pan with 1/3 pan mounted to the side. Had 2 keyholes cut into the pan for easy removal. I just roll mine up the ramp into the truck, so I never have had to disassemble it. For next year I am planning on attaching a 3 sided SS skirt, but allowing for ventilation. I would rather cook on this that my cart griddle. Would I buy it again--damn right I would.
                   
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                    BillyB

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                    Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Fri, 12/25/09 10:31 AM (permalink)
                    waydeg


                    BillyB


                    Hey Russ, I could see how that grill meets your needs to a tee. I agree with you it would fit a Dogger's needs. I never liked the size of the grill on a dog cart. This would take care of all their needs.........Thanks for the great product review..............BillyB



                    Especially since it folds up nice and neat. Could throw that in the back easily. 
                    Thanks for posting this as it would add another whole dimension to the hot dog cart catering gigs. People love dinner and a show.


                    Hi Waydeg, I think this camp grill was made taking the weight factor into consideration. If the grill plate was thicker, the weight would increase. I could see one person being able to handle this grill. I would also make a wind break for the unit. Once you have to increase the flame to compensate for the wind, you have lost control.
                      The HD is always talking about not using anything unless it a cooked product on a HD cart. There are many items on the market that are cooked and just need to be reheated or sauteed. Cooked Chicken and Beef fajita meat could be sauteed with peppers & onions and seasonings and put in Flour Tortillas. When using larger Tortillas they could be sold as a Super fajita Burrito. You could also do  right off the grill Quesadillas in minutes. ..............Take care...........Billyb
                     
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                      Russ Jackson

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                      Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Fri, 12/25/09 3:08 PM (permalink)
                      roadkillgrill


                      I have used this griddle for 2 years. I can cook a 60 cup batch of fried rice with room to spare. It is amazing. when using outdoors with cross winds you will have to turn it up. So yes the top will warp. Plus the knobs melted where the knob is inserted into the valve. When it warped I first got mad, but I just used the warping to my advantage. Makes drip draining much faster and it returns to its flat state every time. Replaced drip pan with 1/3 pan mounted to the side. Had 2 keyholes cut into the pan for easy removal. I just roll mine up the ramp into the truck, so I never have had to disassemble it. For next year I am planning on attaching a 3 sided SS skirt, but allowing for ventilation. I would rather cook on this that my cart griddle. Would I buy it again--damn right I would.

                       
                      They sell a replacement griddle top for $99 at Cabella's...Russ

                       
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                        americangypsy

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                        Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Sat, 12/26/09 12:48 AM (permalink)
                        Good looking grill.  How does the 20lb tank do for you?  Is it enough?
                         
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                          roadkillgrill

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                          Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Sun, 12/27/09 1:21 PM (permalink)
                          americangypsy


                          Good looking grill.  How does the 20lb tank do for you?  Is it enough?


                          Depending on the event.
                          small event = 40# in 2-3 days,
                          large event = 40# per day with all burners running, however that is a perfect day, perfect event.
                          also take into consideration I turn it on about 8am for precooking and I also serve breakfast (I'm there anywayz), so the grill stays on from 8am to midnight, unless there is no heavy demand. You do with what you have. I carry 5 40# tanks at all times. If I find that I may not have enough for the event, I deploy what I would call "gas management"....sorta like time management, not whether or not I eat that giant burrito two booths down
                           
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                            Russ Jackson

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                            Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Sun, 12/27/09 4:53 PM (permalink)
                            kennyb


                            thanks for posting that. i have been looking at one of those on the net for next year. wasn't sure how well it would work. i will be getting one next year. right now we use 2 griddle q's on grills to cook phillys on.  
                             
                             
                             
                            It would be perfect for Philly's and leave plenty of room for onions, peppers and mushrooms on the side. I have done grilled onions for burgers and kept them warm on one end just turning off the last burner. Perfect for Hot Dogs and Sausage with peppers and onions. If you entertain large groups it is a must.  Best $299 I have spent...Russ
                             
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                              Dr of BBQ

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                              Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Sun, 12/27/09 5:13 PM (permalink)
                              I bought a Flat Top/ Griddle Top and love it. But I bought a used unit and like a lot of used equipment it was missing the knobs.

                              Anyone know how I figure out what size to buy to replace the originals? The sticker on the back manufactures plate are long gone so I don't know who built it or anything about the brand.

                              My local new equipment dealer, tried to sell me a new unit when I asked him about replacement knobs. Geez.

                              Any help would be appreciated.

                              Jack
                               
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                                Russ Jackson

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                                Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Mon, 12/28/09 8:14 AM (permalink)
                                Jack go to Lowes or Home Depot and look in the screw aisle. They carry some generic knobs that should fit. If you fail there go to a small appliance repair shop. If that fails bring a small screwdriver to Best Buy and when nobody is looking.....well you know....Just kidding....Russ
                                 
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                                  Dr of BBQ

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                                  Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Mon, 12/28/09 11:26 AM (permalink)
                                  Russ Jackson


                                  Jack go to Lowes or Home Depot and look in the screw aisle. They carry some generic knobs that should fit. If you fail there go to a small appliance repair shop. If that fails bring a small screwdriver to Best Buy and when nobody is looking.....well you know....Just kidding....Russ


                                  That's funny.
                                   
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                                    Russ Jackson

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                                    Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Mon, 12/28/09 12:34 PM (permalink)
                                    I see Cabellas is offering $20 off all purchases over $100 making it $279...Russ
                                     
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                                      Russ Jackson

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                                        AZdog

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                                        Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Thu, 01/28/10 10:33 PM (permalink)
                                        Nice setup, but over here we can't use anything that is consumer grade or that doesn't have an NSF endorsement on it.

                                        Consumer = $299
                                        NSF =$2400

                                        So sad.
                                         
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                                          kennyb

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                                          Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Mon, 02/1/10 3:08 PM (permalink)
                                          has anyone used the creastware brand griddle like this one but all stainless? i wonder if it is any better? thicker griddle?
                                           
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                                            waydeg

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                                            Re:Blackstone Four Burner Griddle Review Mon, 02/1/10 4:48 PM (permalink)
                                            Russ Jackson


                                            I see Cabellas is offering $20 off all purchases over $100 making it $279...Russ



                                            We just bought one for the high school booster club.
                                            Works like a champ
                                             
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