Z Grills is a small company that specializes in barbecue and wood pellet smokers. In your estimation, the versatility of wood pellet operation outweighs the potential advantages of other grills. We will examine one of their popular offerings, the ZPG-700E, to get a better idea of whether a pellet grill is right for you.
Z Grills ZPG-700E Features
Wood pellet grills operate from differently than the more common charcoal or propane barbecues. The fuel source, of course, is compressed hardwood pellets. These don't burn as much as charcoal, but they are convenient and can be infused with different flavors of smoke. Also, it is much easier to add more granules than more carbon or propane.
Burner Hopper Feed System
While the charcoal grill grate must be opened to add more fuel, the pellet grill has an automatic hopper. A worm screw extracts pellets as necessary to the burner. Z Grills takes this design one step further by connecting the auger to a digital thermostat. Choose the desired temperature, and the grill will feed itself as needed to keep it there.
Z Grills advertises 20-pound hopper capacity, approximately enough for 20 hours of cooking. The burner is designed to maintain between 160 and 450 ° F (71-232 ° C), so you can smoke or grill over your own taste.
The burner in the center of the grill is as unique as the hopper. A heated rod automatically turns on the granules. The grill induction fan then works to evenly distribute heat and smoke throughout the grill barrel.
The downside of this grill style? The burner and auger must get their power from somewhere, and that part is an outlet. Grilled traditionalists may cringe at the thought of plugging their grill into the wall.
The main grill area is 504 square inches and the top grill is 190 square inches.
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Exterior Finish and Construction
Although much of the grill is finished in black lacquer, most of its parts are made of stainless steel. This helps prevent rust even if the lacquer is chipped. For added protection, Z Grills also includes a weatherproof grill cover.
A pair of doors enclose a storage area under the grill. Since there is no propane tank, you have more room to work. On the right side there is a grease drain and the chimney. Unfortunately, however, there is no built-in shelf area.
The ZPG-700E has a robust set of wheels at the bottom. This is critical since the fully assembled grill weighs a whopping 146 pounds (66 kilograms). It is delivered in two separate boxes. However, assembly is a simple process, and the package even includes the necessary tools.
The ZPG-700E is covered by a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 3-year warranty.